Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 10:12 15/09/2014
A warm favourite for the 5f 59yds Class 5 sprint at 5.20 Bighton, Captain Ryan is tipped to justify support and come out on top.
The mount of Richard Hughes can be backed at 10/3 with Coral, a firm that will refund your stake as a free bet up to £25 should the selection finish second, beaten by a head or less.
Top weight Pastureyes bids for a hat-trick after refitted cheek-pieces have sparked a revival in the filly's last two runs, but a 5lb hike in the weights for success at Catterick Bridge last time could be difficult to overcome, and this looks a tougher test.
Dusty Storm continues to tumble in the weights and would be an attractive proposition on last season's form, but the Kyllachy filly has shown nothing near her best of late and the losing streak looks set to continue. Valmina is another one slipping to an attractive mark and could quite easily come into the picture dropping back in trip, but so far the All-Weather form has not been transferred to turf and it's looking best to be on board with Captain Ryan.
The Peter Makin-trained 3-year-old found the frame at Bath in July, but faltered at the same venue a month later before a step up in trip to 6 furlongs saw the bay gelding find only Perfect Pastime too good at Brigton. Captain Ryan was back to his best with Richard Hughes in the saddle for the first time when gaining his first handicap success back at Bath last month and the horse can defy a 7lb rise to put in another bold bid with the Champion Jockey booked again today.