Gabriel was no match for Elm Park yesterday, but Richard Fahey’s gelding was far from disgraced and his turn will come again.
Today’s shortlist is…
Listowel 5.00 Dollar And A Dream
Pontefract 3.50 Guishan
Ayr 1.20 Pythius
Dollar And A Dream may well take advantage of two significant non-runners here, but is probably best going right-handed and the form of the A J Martin horses going into this meeting is a concern.
Guishan prevailed by just a nose against Cadeux Power at Hamilton last time, and it’s anyones guess how that form will translate on this quirky course and on faster ground. Hasn’t got best of draws and the Michael Appleby horses have been struggling a tad for form of late also.
Pythius won over C&D first time out and his effort last time out in the Group 3 Solario Stakes at Sandown can easily be discounted. A potential lack of pace here is a concern, and the Karl Burke yard is another not currently firing on all cylinders.
It’s close between Guishan and Pythius, but for my best of the day I’m going with…
Ayr 1.20 PYTHIUS
…as a highlighted horse as opposed to a 1 pt recommended bet, for the reasons already stated above.