Belle Vue stage a fantastic card tonight featuring the finals of the ECC Timer Laurels and Oaks (Live on Sky Sports 3 ) and Blue Moment looks overpriced in the former at 10/1.
The race gets underway at 8.34 and Mark Wallis’ dog has an ideal launch pad in Trap 6 in a contest where those on his inside all love the rails.
The son on Ninja Jamie is a very pacey sort when hitting the lids and looked a bit of an ulucky loser in Heat 4 when encountering trouble before going down by just 1/2 a length to last year’s winner Mileheight Alba.
Blue Moment also took a costly bumper in the semis when runner-up to Bubbly Rocket, but should get a nice solo out wide tonight and is in the perfect postion to take advantage of scrimmaging on the inside if breaking in his best fashion.
At the 10/1 on offer with Ladbrokes he has to be the value play, especially as those drawn wide could have an advantage if the forecast rain arrives.
Cashen Maureen is a a worthy odds-on shot to provide champion trainer Wallis with a big race double and his first winner of the ECC Timer Oaks Final (9.19).
The daughter of Cahsen Legend was ultra-impressive when winning the last two rounds by wide margins, has early pace to burn and also stays on strongly.
Granted a clear passage from Trap 5 it’s impossible to envisage her getting beaten, but at a top priced 8/13 I am happy to leave the race alone from a punting perspective.
Two I do like on the supporting card are Corley Ace and Ballymac Iago.
The former runs from Trap 5 in the 7.49, has a touch of class and a good looking draw.
The son of Ballymac Ace has peformed with great credit in the heats of the Laurels and narrowly missed out on a place in the final when running on well to be beaten just 3/4 of a length into third behind Pinpoint Maxi last week.
He did a sectional of 4.38 that day, and a repeat of that will see him clear Trap 6 who is picthed in at the deep end and not consistent from the lids.
With Trap 4 Ilewinalot heading to the rails, Corley Ace should get a dream run to the first bend and is going to be very tough to beat if leading.
I had him priced up at 6/4, so at a general 2/1 he rates a solid bet.
The locally trained Ballymac Iago runs in the 9.04 and looks a massive price at 10/1 with Paddy Power.
June McCombe’s son of Black Shaw is an early paced sort who showed what he was capable of when producing a 4.23 split to make all and slam Inviation Shaw by 3 1/2 lengths in heat 3 of the Laurels.
He clocked 27.77 that day, which compares very favourably with the jolly Mileheight Alba, and could well be better drawn than Pat Rosney’s charge.
With the second favourite Pinpoint Finas also having his first competitive start at the track following a recent sprint trial, Ballymac Iago could lead the outside if breaking in his best fashion and any crowding on the inside could see him away and gone.
7.49 Trap 5 Corley Ace (2/1 generally available)
8.34 Trap 6 Blue Moment (10/1 Ladbrokes)
9.05 Trap 5 Ballymac Iago (10/1 Paddy Power)