Despite not racing in over 100 days and without a career win after eight race starts it’s still intriguing to look at the chances of Blazing Dream. A 3rd placed effort here at Newcastle was much improved and a step up in trip looks to be a positive step in the right direction as well. The fact that top jockey Paul Mulrennan only has two rides this evening and opts for Ben Haslam’s charge is also a positive tick in the right box. Speaking of trainer Ben Haslam he is on fire at the moment with six winners from his last eleven runners and our selection hails from a yard who is well and truly in form.
The likes of Karl Burke’s fellow maiden Fflur is likely to give our tip a good run for their money after an encouraging 2nd placed effort here at Newcastle a few starts back and of the rest Ariba De Toda should be there or thereabouts especially if the addition of blinkers aid his chances.
BLAZING DREAM (WIN) – NAP
Flood Defence may never have won on the all-weather but this evening might be the night he finally gets his head in-front after a string of encouraging runs at Wolverhampton. Now residing off a mark 4lbs lower than when he was last successful he has weight in his favour and with promising young jockey Theodore Ladd taking more off the horses his back his chances should improve.
The race is a very close affair on paper with Royal Cosmic being very consistent of late and you can’t discount Awesome Gal based on connections alone.
Judith Gardinier and Good Man are the other who have the potential to find place money and could pounce if the main protagonists falter in any way.
FLOOD DEFENCE (WIN)
13:50 – Lisheen Castle (WIN)
14:20 – Quantum Of Solace (WIN)
14:55 – Clarendon Street (WIN)
15:25 – Seemingly So (WIN)
16:00 – Conas Taoi (E/W)
16:30 – Corinto (WIN)
16:10 – Flood Defence (WIN) *NB
16:45 – Sajanjl (WIN)
17:15 – Mudawwan (WIN)
17:45 – Katheefa (E/W)
18:15 – Testa Rossa (WIN)
18:45 – Blazing Dreams (WIN) – NAP
19:15 – Star Cracker (WIN)