A cracking night of Open race action from Romford on Sky Sports 3 tonight featuring the final of the Coral Coronation Cup (9.19pm) in which Hometown Honey is strongly fancied at 3/1 to land the spoils for Mark Wallis.
The bitch is one of four representatives in the line-up for the Champion trainer and comes into the contest in the form of her life.
She looked an unlucky loser when slowly away and just failing by a head to catch Shaneboy Allen in the first round from Trap 5 but made no mistake in last week’s semi-final when blasting out of the 6 box and making all to slam Farloe Smurfette by 5 1/2 lengths.
It was a most impressive effort, and being the sole wide seed she is again ideally housed in the stripes if pinging the lids to get a great pitch at the first bend.
With Reel Tricky One on her inside not having the best record from Trap 5 and sure to be heading middle she looks guaranteed to get a clear run, and with possible trouble on the inside with her kennelmates Jazz Tilly (T1) and Aayamzamodel (T3) both having bags of pace and a craving for the rails there is a big chnace of her leading at the first.
If she does it is going to take a monumental effort for something to pick her up, and at 3/1 she rates a decent punt.
Elsewhere on the card there are three others that standout as a bit of value.
The first is Trap 1 Dower Matt who runs in the 8.19pm and looks overpriced at 7/2.
Ernie Gaskin’s comes into the contest on the back of two stunning wins at the venue, and could not have been more impressive when slamming Poetic Lord by 6 1/2 lengths last time out.
The son of Mount Leader produced a stunning 3.56 sectional that day to stroll home in a time of 23.77 from Trap 3, and although now housed in the red he has a 50% strike rate (2 from 4) at the track from it and if breaking in similar fashion shoukd be able to clear Trap 2.
That is likely to see him lead the bend as there is a distinct possibility of trouble on the outside with Trap 3 Southern Mesut never having won out of the trap and likely to be heading outwards rather than inwards.
With the pacey Droopys Quincy on his outside that spells danger to me, and the in-form Dower Matt looks the one most likely to take advantage.
In the 8.49pm I like the chances of Trap 5 Cavan Dancer at a tasty looking 4/1 to complete a quick double for Gaskin.
The daughter of Royal Impact is a consistent sort from the boxes, and her last two sectional of 13.50 and 13.54 give her every chnace of leading up in this – especially now that Trap 6 is now vacant.
She comes into this on the back of two wins at the track from tonight’s box and although she has a bit too find on the clock with the jolly Fairhill Paddy she looks better drawn than that rival who will will have to be foot perfect from the lids to clear Trap 4 Lenson Pele at the first.
The other bet that stands out is Trap 6 Castehill Aris who runs in the marathon at 9.04pm and looks a huge price at 7/2.
Jason Heath’s dog is a classy sort as he showed when slamming Barley Bussell by 8 1/4 lengths over 894m at Wimbledon back in November.
He then went over to Ireland for the Night Of Stars at Shelbourne, but was well beaten and has had just one competitive run since.
That came at this track 11 days ago, where he showed tremendous early pace to shoot clear from Trap only to tire close home and get beat a short-head by Drumna Finch.
He is sure to strip much fitter with that run under his belt, and is confidently expected to turn the tables now that he is back in the stripes.
Indeed, he is unbeaten in two runs over tonight’s 750m trip at the track from Trap 6 and to me he should be no bigger than 5/2 for this so the 7/2 on offer looks huge and should be snapped up.
Daily Sport recommended bets:
8.19pm – Trap 1 Dower Matt (7/2 Betfred, Hills – BOG, Paddy Power – BOG)
8.49 – Trap 5 Cavan Dancer (4/1 Paddy Power – BOG)
9.04pm – Trap 6 Castlehill Aris (7/2 Betred, Paddy Power – BOG, Ladbrokes)
9.19pm – Trap 6 Hometown Honey (3/1 Betfred, Paddy Power – BOG)