We had a decent day on Saturday at Cheltenham after a slow start. Casse Tete never figured and it looked like he was just out for a gentle canter. Elegant Escape got tapped for toe by Frodon but he finished well for 2nd. Buster Valentine finished 2nd for us at 16/1 though he was a shade fortunate. We saved the best till last though with our 9/2 NAP Paisley Park who hosed up. Dave Stevos’ fancies one at a big price in Dubai tomorrow and you can check his Thursday Meydan tip below…
Meydan Thursday Tip: 5.25 Handicap (95-111)
Our old friend Earnshaw lines up in this 10f contest and off 2lb lower he could run well if in the mood. However, we are siding with Dark Red for Ed Dunlop and Chris Hayes for this tricky looking handicap. Dark Red, a dashing grey son of Dark Angel, hasn’t got his head in front since October 2017. However, don’t let that put you off as he has run some crackers in defeat.
He rattled the crossbar in a number of high class handicaps last season off 101 and 102. His best turf effort of the season came off 101 at Chester (10.5f gd) when he was a fine 2nd to Restorer. Dark Red returned to action here after a 170 day break a couple of weeks ago. Drawn wide, he never had any cover and he was trapped on the outer the whole way round. Considering how the race unfolded, it wasn’t a bad effort in 7th.
He was 10L behind the winner First Nation, but he was only 3.75L behind Earnshaw who was 3rd and with the run under his belt he should close the gap to him tonight. The handicapper has dropped him a pound to 100 and he has been drawn in stall 1. Interestingly, the blinkers return too and that could be a sign that a better run is expected. At odds of 33/1 Dark Red looks overpriced and he is the each way pick.
MEYDAN THURSDAY TIP: DARK RED E/W @ 33/1 4 PLACES
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