3.10 Doncaster – Racing Post/SIS Betting Shop Manager Handicap
In a competitive six furlong handicap I’m willing to take a chance on Richard Fahey’s FLYMAN. I feel he has plenty going for him today and in my book doesn’t warrant a 25/1 shot.
The son of sprinting sire Pastoral Pursuits won two of his three starts as a juvenile before finishing eleventh in the competitive Weatherbys Insurance £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes, a highly competitive sales races.
Although beaten six lengths he ran well and was maybe drawn on the wrong side to really get competitive. The form of that race is also holding up in respect to his current mark.
He started his campaign early this year, in May, but circumstances with class and running over the wrong trips meant he failed to get really competitive.
He had a mid-season break in June, maybe suffered a training setback and returned three runs back. Since then his form has looked much more solid as he continues to slide down the handicap.
His efforts at Doncaster and Newmarket were good and the form looks decent especially his run on Town Moor which has subsequently been franked by Breton Rock.
His last run at Ascot I think can be forgiven as he was drawn on the wrong side and could never get into the race.
I do still feel he’s a little bit high in the handicap, but he’s looked worth a go at sprinting again and this may offset his mark.
He’s also got first time blinkers on and these may bring out further improvement. Furthermore, he likes to race up with the pace and there doesn’t seem to be a whole pile on so hold-up types may struggle.
Hopefully Paul Hanagan gets him to run well.
1pt each-way FLYMAN @25/1 (Bet Victor)