17/2 Brassbound of major interest on handicap debut

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Brassbound could potentially be very well-treated on his handicap debut in the 3.00 at Towcester today and is of major interest at 17/2.

The gelding had some fairly useful form on the flat in Ireland when trained by Andrew Oliver, most notably when beaten just 3/4 of a length into second by subsequent County Hurdle winner Ted Veale at Sligo last August.

He went on to land a 1m 4f handicap at Dundalk in good style off a mark of 72, and after one more run at the track where he finished 7th of 14 to Ansgar he moved to join Caroline Baily.

The five-year-old showed nothing in his first two starts for his new handler when pulled up on his hurdles debut at Leicester and then unseating at Doncaster in a race won by Pine Creek, but then put in a much better performance when third of 9 to Don’t Do Monday’s at Warwick.

He tracked the winner that day until four out, and then lost ground on the leaders when the pace quickened three from home before plugging on again to be beaten 12 1/2 lengths without being given a hard time.

The runner-up Red Courtier, who finished 8 lengths in front of him, went on to bolt up next time out at Stratford by 17 lengths, and the form looks pretty solid in the context of this contest.

The selection then finished a fair third of 11 to aana’s Arch in a “jumpers bumper” at Southwell, before putting in a disappointing effort last time out when 8th of 12 at Stratford.

However I am convinced that he is far better than what he showed that day, and he looks the type who has been brought along steadily with handicaps in mind.

If that’s the case then he could be well treated of an opening mark of 101 judged on his flat exploits, and he looks the type who could have plenty more to offer and leave his bare form behind in handicaps like this.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 3pts each-way Brassbound (17/2 BetVictor – BOG)

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