Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 10:08 04/02/2014
Taffy Thomas has found a nice opening and is low enough in the weights to take the Eric And Lucy Papworth Handicap Chase at 3.50 Market Rasen Today.
Honest John ran well for second at Doncaster two starts back and the 4/1 chance is entitled to respect with AP McCoy in the saddle. Boylesports are quoting best odds of 6/4 about market leader Divine Intavention, but there are no guarantees the ten-year-old will pick up where he left off after a lenghty layoff and Taffy Thomas looks the one to side with today.
Peter Bowen's chaser stretched his legs in a class 3 race over 3m on heavy ground at Ludlow last month after almost 10 weeks off the track and a drop back in trip is likely to suit today. Taffy Thomas is now 6lbs below his last winning mark and has a weight advantage over the aforementioned horses, so can be backed with confidence at 4/1 best odds guaranteed with Bet365.
The selection is two from two at this course having scored over 2m4f on good to soft ground and over 2m7f on soft ground in the summer of 2012, so is certainly capable of getting a head in front today in this company. The Plumpton run should have him spot on for this reduced trip and a bold bid is expected at a course which clearly suits this horse nicely.
Taffy Thomas - 4/1 Bet365 (Best Odds Guaranteed)