The Punt Daily: Tom Collins with three to follow on Tuesday
Trainer Kenneth Slack won this race last year with the extremely well-treated Tonto's Spirit (scored off a mark of 48 and is now rated 76) and he looks to have the exact same type entered this year in the shape of the 49-rated Ravenswood. The five-year-old gelding, who will be seen over hurdles sooner rather than later, has had just two starts for the trainer and finished second on both occasions, including when run down in the last 50 yards at Musselburgh over half a furlong further on his stable debut. He looked the winner for much of that race, as he did last time out on the all-weather at Newcastle when just bumping into one. Slack has fitted first-time blinkers which are sure to eke out some extra improvement and he should prove too good off 8st 5lb.
Astute Boy(8.50 Lingfield)
Harry Fry and Jamie Spencer teamed up to win a useful Goodwood handicap with Shraaoh last Friday and they can combine for another victory with Astute Boy. The ex-Ed Vaughan-trained four-year-old ran an okay race on debut for the yard, despite being beaten six lengths, when second under a big weight at Chepstow– he was probably given too much to do but wouldn't have beaten the winner anyway. He was extremely well punted that day and he's been allowed to run off the same mark here. The good to firm ground is a plus.
Socialites Red(3.15 Thirsk)
Scott Dixon's mare is always dangerous when allowed to have an easy time on the front end over six furlongs and although she's done all her winning at Nottingham since her debut victory, I'm willing to take a flyer that she'll handle Thirsk just as well. Held up on her penultimate start by today's rider Gabriele Malune, she ran on takingly to finish fourth at Ripon before a more attacking ride saw her notch her fourth career success last time out without seeing another rival. She's up 3lb for that win, but she did it decisively and Dixon has put claimer Malune back on, allowing her to compete off a 2lb lower mark. The Armed Man is a huge danger but I'm hoping Socialites Red can cling on.
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