Last Shadow will relish the testing conditions at Windsor and looks good value at 5/1 to land the finale (8.40).
Bill Muir’s gelding confirmed the promise he showed on his debut at Doncaster when staying on strongly in the soft to beat Palus San Marco (who has gone on to score since) going away by 1 1/4 lengths.
He then looked a handicapper to keep on the right side when coming from off the pace to readily dispose of Spirit Of The Law in the mud at the same track off a mark of 77 where he was value for much more than the winning margin.
The son of Notnowcato then found the good-to-firm ground all against him when disappointing in his hat-trick bid at Sandown but shaped far better on good ground last time up when staying on to finish third to Rule Book at Salisbury off today’s mark of 82.
It was a run which suggested that he could regain the winning thread when getting his favoured underfoot conditions, and he has certainly got them this evening.
His experience and ability to battle is also likely to be a major advantage in what is going to be a real slog, and think that the favourite Minoan Dancer is too short for what she has achieved on the track.
She was sent off 10/1 when winning her maiden on the all-weather and tonight’s surface is going to be a totally different kettle of fish which is going to be a real test for a once-raced filly taking on the boys.
Swnymor looks the bigger danger on the book, but he has to give 2lb to the selection and at double his odds Last Shadow definitely looks the value punt in what looks a three horse race on paper.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 3pts win Last Shadow (5/1 Hills – BOG)