The Punt Daily: Tom Collins with two to follow on Monday
The Lamplighter(2.30 Epsom)
I could be wrong, but The Lamplighter looks a winner waiting to happen. The George Baker-trained three-year-old is yet to score in nine career starts and the best he has managed is three third places, but he travels so well in his races and his free-falling mark of 72 suggests he will win soon. Campaigned mainly in France in his juvenile year (where he seemed to handle rain-softened ground), he was clearly well thought of and actually tackled Listed company last October. He's been tried in plenty of headgear this season and has run extremely encouragingly the last three times, when on each occasion he traded significantly shorter than his SP inside the final two furlongs. He just hasn't seemed to go through with his effort– my worry is that he doesn't find much off the bridle– but I'm hoping the application of first-time blinkers, a return to soft ground and an easier race will help him be victorious.
Another runner available at quite a nice price at Epsom today is Country'n'western, who bids to back up his recent Catterick success in the amateur riders' contest. He doesn't do anything quickly by any means (proven when in his opening three Flat races on the all-weather) but one thing he does do is stay and that stamina will certainly come into play here. He was outpaced for the majority of his last run, but George Eddery, who is on again today, stayed patient and he fairly rattled through late on to win cosily. The step up in trip is guaranteed to suit, he has no problems with a downhill track, his mark could still underestimate him and he won his only race with soft in the going description (bumper on debut).
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