By Chris Dixon
Ffos Las is a long way down my list of favoured betting tracks but I will be having a small bet there on Sunday in the 1m2f fillies’ handicap (4.30).
This looks a pretty tight handicap but I reckon Paradise Cove might get an easy lead and therefore enjoy a tactical advantage on ground conditions that suit this filly well.
The winner of a weak maiden at Ayr for William Haggas in June, she shaped very well when going too fast in front at Sandown on her next start, looking like a well handicapped horse.
She didn’t build on that promising effort last time at Newbury but looks well worth giving another chance here on her first start for Charlie Fellowes off the same mark as when going through that Sandown race so comfortably.
Ground conditions on the card made up entirely of sprint handicaps at Bath will not be anywhere near as testing as at Ffos Las but are still set to be softer than good and I’m hoping that a return to an easy surface sees Spirit Of Rosanna return to form after a couple of runs that have been short of her best.
Those outings have resulted in a drop of 3lb in the handicap to a mark 1lb lower than when just touched off by the unpenalised last time out winner Kinglami at Chepstow in June.
That form has been boosted by the winner and third placed horse since and a return to that level of form, or indeed her placed efforts either side of it, should see her go close.
The final of the Bath Summer Sprint Series closes their card at 4.45 and with over half the field racing from out of the handicap, it looks a little less competitive than might have been expected.
Coronation Cottage and Our Lord are two of those that are racing off their correct mark and have won twice at the track already but soft ground conditions are a concern for the first named, while the former needs to bounce back to form following a below par effort at Sandown last time.
A slightly longer break between runs might allow Michael Attwater’s charge do just that but at the prices I prefer the claims of last year’s winner of this race, Storm Melody.
He was also below his best last time but was too keen over a trip further than he’s proven over and has been given what might prove to be a revitalising 43-day break since.
Best when held up off a strong pace, George Wood’s mount should have the race run to suit and with plenty of his form earlier this season suggests all of the ability that he showed to take this prize last season remains intact, I’m taking him to come with a late run on ground conditions that are ideal to land the prize.
Chris Dixon’s Sunday selections:
(prices correct 11.30pm on Saturday)
2.15 Bath: Spirit Of Rosanna at a general 7-1
4.45 Bath: Storm Melody at a general 6-1