Published: 08:00, 18 June 2014 |
Updated: 11:47, 18 June 2014
It is return-to-top-grade time for Backdoor Larry after his A2 win here in 23.67sec over the 380m course.
He is the type who periodically goes up and down between these two grades and his last A1 stint was between late February and the end of April.
His only win came in his first run on February 22, when he romped in at odds of 6-1, so could he repeat the feat?
That price shows bookmakers consider him more likely to win in A2 and he most definitely needs trap one to have a chance.
He could well spring another surprise if in his favourite box and come up trumps at a decent price.
Pup Daddi Cash has made an excellent start to his career here, having finished third twice followed by four second-place runs. He has now struck gold in a fast-looking 23.50, beating the opposition by three and a half lengths.
Not two years old until September, the Ian Stevens-trained dog was winning in grade A6 and that win time shows he has plenty of time on the clock to now go on and win in at least another two-to-three grades higher.
Clearly the local layers have taken notice as they sent him off as the 2-1 favourite. It may well be that his starting odds next time in an A5 race may not be over generous, however what you have on your side is that fast time which can’t be discounted and I expect the dog to win again.
If there is any justice to be had then I would like to see Boley Blues win her next race after being beaten by half a length last time.
She has only had 10 races here so far but I think that she is better than the form book reads. Her only win came over 540m but that was despite her missing the break when the traps opened.
To her credit, she showed a lot of tenacity to lead at the first bend which I liked and in her latest defeat, she led early on to be passed by the vastly-experienced Pebbles Bobby but again ran on gamely.
A half-a-length defeat to Pebbles Bobby is no disgrace and I am confident she would gain quick compensation next time.
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