A disappointing Sunday in the end with Azzuri the only winner. Presenting Julio was a non-runner and Voix D’Eau, despite being backed down to 13/2 from an advised 14/1, was bitterly disappointing, being pulled up three out when well beaten.
There are two of interest on Monday as we look to bounce back and the NAP is Dara Tango, who scored nicely for us at Galway and returns here over 1m 3f at Roscommon. He’s been raised five pounds for his Galway success but there’s still plenty of scope for that to rise higher so he’s a confident pick today for Tony Martin. I also hope we soon see him back over hurdles, where he’s currently on a mark of 123, having been on 135 when last seen over timber before his injury in 2014.
The other one I’m interested in is Cup Final at Hexham. This former Nicky Henderson runner was last seen in listed company in the Summer Plate at Market Rasen, finishing in 11th, but returns to calmer waters here off a two pound lower mark. He’s now rated ten pounds lower than his rating last May despite running some good races, finishing second twice in May and June, and winning on his chasing debut in April. Cup Final was a smart horse over hurdles – beating Unowhatimeanharry in December 2014, a year in which he also finished third in the Dovecoat. Injury kept him off the track for over a year at the end of 2014 but he still returned to win a competitive handicap at the Punchestown Festival last year. He still has scope to win races over the bigger obstacles and at 7/2 is a very fair price to do just that at Hexham.
6.30 Hexham – Cup Final 7/2ew
8.10 Roscommon – Dara Tango 15/8 (NAP)