With a bumper payout possible in today’s Tote Scoop6, it was at the forefront of my mind to have a good look at those races, but sadly nothing appeals in this afternoon’s flat action.
Having seen a blistering performance by Mossey Joe in the highlight of yesterday evening’s Hunter Chase card at Stratford, we are served up more treats at the Warwickshire course tonight.
Summer jumping – you either love it or you hate it – but from a punting perspective it provides some good opportunities as the form generally stands up to close scrutiny.
The 7.45, the prestigious Gambling Prince Trophy over the extended 2m 5f, sets up nicely for Philip Hobbs’ The Disengager, who was a revelation last summer, culminating in a lucrative Market Rasen win.
The Paddy Power Gold Cup was a race too far, while his reappearance run back at Market Rasen a month ago left the impression that there was much more to come this summer. He is simply too big at 10/1, as his front-running style is ideally suited to Stratford, and there won’t be many taking him on up front.
The following 2m ½f handicap hurdle is another lucrative affair, and it seems Nicky Henderson’s Cape Express has been laid out for this. But at a skinny 11/4, he is worth opposing.
Monte Cavallo, for 2011 winning trainer Rebecca Curtis, has very similar claims to Cape Express on their form in an Ascot handicap back in November.
He won nicely on his chase debut at Bangor three weeks ago, and with that confidence booster under his belt, a first-time tongue-tie, fast ground, and the very capable Patrick Corbett taking 7lbs off, he is a nice bet at 15/2 with Skybet.
7.45 Stratford: The Disengager – 10/1 (generally)
8.15 Stratford: Monte Cavallo – 15/2 (Skybet)