A pair of runners-up was the best we could manage on a tricky day of racing yesterday. Best New Show continued to show potential in a half length defeat at Southwell, but in all honesty, we were well beaten earlier at Ayr, when Sevenballsoffoire was over three lengths adrift and not making headway.
Tuesday's results were as follows:
Sevenballsoffire : 2nd at 15/8 (adv 9/4)
Infrontofthejudge : 6th at 2/1 (adv 5/2)
Best New Show : 2nd at 6/4 (adv 2/1)
Miss Goldsmith : 5th at 9/4 (adv 9/4)
Results to date:
785 winning selections from 2812 = 27.92%
244 winning bets in 728 days = 33.52%
P/L : +85.40pts (+5.87% ROI)
This could be an ideal opportunity for Chelwood Gate to resume winning ways, as this former dual course and distance winner has been eased another pound after a decent enough 3rd of 8 over track and trip in a stronger looking contest here almost three weeks ago. Patrick Chamings' horses go well here and Oisin Murphy also has a good record at this track, so that points to at least a run for our money at 11/4 BOG, but the nagging doubt around Chelwood Gate is an apparent lack of pace in the race...
...which would probably suit Wink Oliver more. He's a horse who seems to have improved dramatically for a switch to David Dennis' yard five starts ago and in finishing 34123 in those outings for his new handlers has posted his best performances of his career. He was only narrowly denied at Wolverhampton last time out, finishing 3rd of 8, beaten by a nose and a head over 8.6f and with his best form coming over 7f, the drop back to a mile might just swing it for Wink Oliver at 5/2 BOG.
Bridge Builder has certainly been kept busy of late and makes his fourth appearance in 10 days here. All three runs this month have been here at Kempton and he's made the frame each time, so the track is no issue today. He was third over 6f, headed late on looking a bit rusty, but since then has a win and a runner-up finish over course and distance to his name.
He didn't quite get home on Sunday, having done too much early on and was collared late on in a half length defeat, but this looks a slightly easier assignment and a slightly less aggessive effort should see Bridge Builder take this at 2/1 BOG.
If however, he fails to deliver again, then I'd expect Invectus Hero to be the main beneficiary. A winner here by a neck last time out (9 days ago), he seemed to need every inch of the 6 furlongs on offer that day, taking the lead in the closing strides to win by a neck, which suggests a similar effort over an extra furlong might be the key to him doubling up.
In fact, in that LTO win, he had Bridge Builder 1.5 lengths behind him in third place and that should point to another decent close contest between the two and if your preference is for Invectus Hero, he can be backed at 3/1 BOG.
4 x 0.5pt BOG doubles as follows...
Wink Oliver / Bridge Builder @ 9.5/1 (5/2 & 2/1 : Bet365, Betfair SB & Stan James)
Wink Oliver / Invectus Hero @ 13/1 (5/2 & 3/1 : generally)
Chelwood Gate / Bridge Builder @ 10.25/1 (11/4 & 2/1 : Betfair SB)
Chelwood Gate / Invectus Hero @ 14/1 (11/4 & 3/1 : Betfair SB)
REMINDER: THERE IS NO DOUBLE DUTCH ON SUNDAYS