Pyjama Party was the proverbial ‘flesh and blood’ bet at Pontefract yesterday with Pat Cosgrave reporting that the horse ran flat. It happens, so we take it on the chin and move on.
Today’s shortlist is…

Leicester 3.40 Melvin The Grate
Leicester 4.40 Agent Gibbs
Catterick 3.30 New Caledonia

Melvin The Grate has obvious claims now that the rain had arrived, although a potential lack of pace is a concern. The Andrew Balding yard hasn’t exactly been pulling up trees lately either.
Agent Gibbs is progressive and, if as effective on this rain softened ground, is not without a chance here, but is possibly better going left handed.
New Caledonia’s poorest effort to date was on good-to-soft, so the ground here has to be a concern, but he does arrive here at the top of his form so cannot be discounted.

With the rain the main issue of the day the safest bet here is probably…

Leicester 3.40 MELVIN THE GRATE

…who I’ll put up as a highlighted horse as opposed to a 1 pt recommended bet as this race could turn unsuitably tactical.

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