Tuesday tips: Bowen could spring a 25-1 surprise at Ffos Las

By Richard Hoiles@RichardHoiles
Tue 15 Aug 2017

Richard Hoiles givs you the lowdown on his runner at Chelmsford and has four tips, including a 25-1 outsider at Ffos Las.

Chelmsford deserves praise for some of its recent prize money. It is good to have a tilt on Tuesday at a £50,000 handicap with Supersta, who has done the Rod In Pickle partnership proud since his purchase for just £4,500 in September.

Full marks to Martin Dixon for initially identifying him as being of interest and then to Mick Appleby and the team for prising that ability out of him.

He has his quirks and has been extremely difficult to find races for since getting a mark of 102 after his Southwell win.

Away from Fibresand it would be a surprise (though a pleasant one) it he was to be competitive off this high mark but Chelmsford has always suited him well.

The more progressive Mustashry and Muntazah look more likely winners of a competitive heat and we will just be hoping to pick up some prize money.

2.15 Ffos Las – Zambezi Queen:

She bolted up on her handicap debut on her seasonal debut at Chepstow in May and won so easily that the handicapper immediately raised her 12lb, a mark she looked capable of coping with at Chepstow last time when narrowly beaten into third.

Collectively the horses that ran that day have now amassed three wins and four places from a total of ten runs and despite the bunch finish the form looks solid.

A greater unknown is the heavy going, which would be the softest she has encountered. Helmet, her sire, is pretty neutral on ground with cut but the dam sire Excellent Art is a positive so it looks worth taking the risk at 9-4 in the Bet toteplacepot At betfred.com Fillies' Handicap.

4.45 Ffos Las – Souriyan:

Peter Bowen is far better known as a jumps trainer but through the exploits of Rolling Maul this season he has had three wins from just four flat runners.

Souriyan has had only three runs over hurdles for the yard since transferring from Jamie Snowden and lines up on the Flat for the first time since May 2014.

That was in a Listed contest for Jean-Claude Rouget when sent off as short as 4-1, having won on heavy ground at Tarbes under Christophe Soumillon. It could well be that even with so much water under the bridge a mark of 85 gives him a chance at 25-1 against rivals boasting seemingly flashier form given the likely testing ground.

5.15 Ffos Las - Nuncio:

Rock Warbler’s absence from the 5.15 leaves the way clear for Nuncio to get off the mark at 13-2. He has more than matched his form for Roger Charlton since moving to Daniel Kubler.

Recent successes for the yard have seen them close in on a season’s best and the return to handicaps for just the second time in his career can work the oracle.

8.40 Chelmsford – Sugardrop:

Different ground conditions could be the key to Sugardrop turning over favourite Superioritycomplex in the Chelmsford finale.

Cacique, Sugardrop’s sire, has a poor record with Flat runners on rain-softened ground but by contrast a good record on artificial surfaces.

Sugardrop's dam, Tates Creek, was a terrifically genuine mare who won two Grade Ones in America. Expect a performance much more in line with his promising debut when third at Gooodwood in May before that soft ground disappointment last start.

Richard Hoiles's Tuesday tips: (Prices correct at 8am)

2.15 Ffos Las: Zambezi Queen at 9-4 generally available

4.45 Ffos Las: Souriyan at 25-1 generally available

5.15 Ffos Las: Nuncio at 6-1 generally available

8.40 Chelmsford: Sugardop at 3-1 generally available

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