Downtown Boy too big at 20s

Downtown Boy looks overpriced in the 5.00 at Wolverhampton and makes plenty of each-way appeal at 20/1.

The gelding showed a good attitude when opening his account in a handicap at Hamilton last July off today’s mark of 48 for Tome Tate, and he shaped with promise in his first two starts for his new yard.

The four-year-old travelled well and held every chance a furlong from home before weakening badly over 1m 5f at Catterick over a trip which was clearly too far, and then showed plenty of dash over today’s course and distance when finishing fifth of 12 to Cabal.

He led the field a merry dance that day before being ridden a furlong from home and being unable to find any extra inside the last, and although beaten just over 6 lengths he showed enough to suggest he still retains enough ability to win races in this grade.

The son of Kheleyf did flop last time out at Southwell, but he clearly didn’t handle the fibresand surface that day and I am inclined to put a line through that effort and give him another chance.

With the handicapper having now cut him some slack there is every chance that he could bounce back no returned to the polytrack surface, and if he can build on the promise he showed before Southwell he is not out of this by any means.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Downtown Boy (20/1 generally available – use BOG firms)

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