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Darrow worth a dabble

Posted on by Dave Metcalf

Darrow makes his all-weather debut in the 8.35 at Kempton and looks worth chancing at 14/1.

Bill Knight’s charge was Well backed on handicap debut on reappearance at Yarmouth over 1m 1f last month and travelled powerfully for much of the race until weakening badly two from home and finishing fifth to Miss Cato.

Although he was eventually beaten a long way that day he was not punished when his chance had gone on ground that looked too soft for him.

It was an effort which suggested that he did have ability, and the handicapper has been quick to react by dropping him 2lb to a mark of just 68.

To me that gives him every chance of being competitive in this judged on his performances as a juvenile, and the drop back to a mile looks sure to suit.

The well-bred son of Lawman was well beaten by the classy Entifaadha and Top Offer in hot maidens at Newmarket and Newbury on his first two starts as a two-year-old  before putting in a much improved and really eye-catching effort on his final outing at Warwick.

After dwelling at the start he moved stylishly into contention to chase the leaders approaching the last before being unable to find any extra and allowed to come home in his own time.

In the end he finished a 7 3/4 length six of 13 to Farraaj, but he was not knocked about and ran far better than the figures suggest.

I am convinced he is potentially much better than his current mark, and in a wide open race he looks overpriced and definitely worth an each-way interest.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Darrow (14/1 bet365 – BOG)

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