Mick Easterby has his team in flying form and Fame Again looks worth an interest at 12/1 in the 2.55 at Thirsk having shaped nicely on his handciap debut
The gelding shaped with promise in bumpers and was not been knocked about in his three runs to get a qualifying mark.
He caught the eye when staying on in his first two runs at Catterick and Thirsk over 7f and a mile respectively and was the bizarrely dropped back to 6f.
In the circumstances he showed good pace to chase the leaders before being ridden two from home and being unable to find a change of gear when the pace quickened.
In the end he kept on at the once pace to finish a highly creditable 6th of 20 to Sir Pedro.
I then fully expected him to step up on those efforts and put him up on his handicap debut over a mile at Beverley last month.
However he drifted alarmingly in the market, from 8/1 early doors to 16/1 at the off before running what can only be described as an interesting race.
For the first time he was bounced out of the stallas and showed good early pace to lead.
Aftre being headed five out he was ridden two from home and stayed handy to have every chnace a furlong out before weakening to finish a 3 1/4 length 5th of 8 to Lockantanks without being subjected to a hard race.
To me it looked a bit of a fact finding mission to try and establish his best trip, and having shaped well over the mile journey and 6f previously he is now pitched in the middle of those at 7f.
That makes him intriguing in this, especuially as the handicapper has dropped him straight away by a couple of pounds to a mark of 68.
I think he is better than that on what I have seen, and he looked far more clued up at Beverley – suggesting that he was being primed to land a punt.
He is also entitled to strip fitter for that run – his first for 59 days – and with the yard banging in winners left right and centre he is a fascinating contender.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Fame Again (12/1 generally available – use BOG firms)