Monbeg Gold looks on a handy mark on the pick of his form and worth siding with at 7/1 in the 2.40 at Haydock today.
The gelding won his sole start in an Irish point and after shaping well to finish runner-up on his first two starts for trainer Jonjo O’Neill landed back-to-back successes in handicaps at Exeter.
Monbeg Gold was then far from disgraced in his final two starts of the campaign when finishing in midfield in competitive class 2 contests at Cheltenham and looked the type that would come into his own this season when sent chasing.
That view was confirmed when he went down by just 1/2 a length to More Buck’s in a novices’ handicap at Fontwell back in November.
The winner, to whom he was conceding 6lb, has come out and scored since at Sandown off a mark of 127 and is now rated 133 and Sartorial Elegance, who finished a further 9 lengths behind in third, has since bolted-up by 18 lengths at Plumpton to be rated 122.
That gives the form a rock solid look and suggests Monbeg Gold is potentially well-treated off a mark of 128 now that his stable is in better form.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Monbeg Gold (7/1 generally available – use BOG firms)