A superb card from Romford tonight on Sky Sports 3 featuring the final of the Coral Essex Vase in which Reel Trickyone looks cracking value at 100/30 with BetVictor to land the spoils.
Here’s my guide and selections for the eight races on Sky:
7.34pm: Ayamzaman has a terrific strike rate at the track and heads the market at 7/4, but I would preferred to see him out of trap 4 rather than trap 5 and he looks worth taking as a result. The one I like is T4 Jet Stream Odds who is a lightly raced and improving type that had done little wrong in recent weeks. Ken Hutton’s son of Droopys Scolari is improving his trapping all the time and looks nicely housed on the inside of the jolly to pace up and lead at the first bend. At 3/1 with Ladbrokes he looks decent value.
7.49pm: This looks a match on paper between T3 Fatice Cream and T4 Buglys Billy, and it’s the former who gets the vote at 2/1 with Hills to come out on top. The son of Hades Rocket doesn’t have the best of strike rates but ran a cracker two starts back when belying his odds of 25/1 and chasing home Barley Bussell in the Betfred Marathon at Nottingham. He met all sorts of crowding but still looked the likely winner turning for home that day before getting collared near the line and a repeat of that effort would be good enough to see him land this from what looks a good draw.
8.04pm: Trap 1 Assasin Eight looks well worth a wager at 3/1 with Betfred and Coral to get the better of Grand National winner Mad Mash Snowy. Danny Mullins’ dog has bags of early pace and clocked an impressive 24.49 in a two dog trial here last week. He produced the same time when winning on his only run from the red jacket in a flat race here, and clearly has pace to burn. He has every chnace of leading at the first bend, and if his jumping holds up is then going to prove very hard to catch.
8.19pm: Blonde Razor got beat by Bridge Jane when they met here five days ago but is strongly fancied to get his revenge now that he is back in the red jacket. Mark Wallis’ son of Kinloch Brae has developed into a top class stayer and performed with great credit to reach the finals of the St Leger at Wimbledon. He has enough pace to lead at the first bend and it will then be a case of catch me if you can, and I can’t see anything picking him up if he does cut loose. At a top priced 6/4 with 888sport he rates a solid bet.
8.34pm: The fact that bookies go 7/2 the field shows how wide open this contest is, but the one I want to be with is Bubbly Rocket at a tasty looking 11/2 with Hills. Paul Young’s son of Crash is unbeaten in four starts at the venue and produced a stunning 3.55 scetional when regsitering the last of those success in a time of 23.92. If breaking in similar fashion here he should be able to lead up, and with the possibility of crowding on his outside will then take some pegging back.
8.49pm: Charlie Lister’s Aghaburren Paddy looks nicely drawn in Trap 5 and at a general price 5/2 makes plenty of appeal to turn over the jolly Bridge Ruth. The son of Head Bound dipped under the 35 second barrier in the heats of the Essex Vase here when bearing Mad Mash Snowy by 2 3/4 lengths in a time of 34.97 and that is quicker than anything his rivals have achieved. His sectional that day of 13.52 was exceptional, and if he can reproduce anything like that then he could be away and gone at the first.
9.04pm: Very hard to look beyond Trap 1 Bubbly Swallow who is the class act in the line-up and looks a worthy odds-on favourite at 4/5. Paul Young’s bitch was an earlier casualty in the Essex Vase but is a very useful sort as she showed when slamming Blonde Reagan by 4 1/4 lengths over course and distance back in September. Her early pace should enable her to lead-up and I find it hard to see anything picking her up if that proves to be the case.
8.19pm – Coral Essex Vase Final: A cracking line-up for the big one of the night, and Reel Trickyone looks overpriced at 100/30 with BetVictor to land the spoils for the Mark Wallis kennel. The son of Ninja Jamie has struck form with a vengeance and produced a blistering 13.59 sectional before impressively striding clear to beat Adageo Bob in his semi-final heat. His winning time that night of 35.33 was the quickest of both semis, and he looks to have a great draw in the “ping box” to blast clear of his rivals. Charlie Lister’s duo of Hather George and Killieford Khali are both strong types who are sure to be staying on strongly and look the pair – in that order – to chase home the selection for forecast and tricast purposes.