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Roosey and Beardswood the two against the field in Betway Price Blitz Stakes

14 Aug | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Roosey and Beardswood the two against the field in Betway Price Blitz Stakes

This looks like one of the toughest sprint handicaps of the season to solve with punters able to make a case for most of the runners

The well-fancied Dawn’s Early Night swerved the Great St Wilfred to come here for the Betway Price Blitz Stakes, a race in which Betway will be going best price on every runner from 1 – 1.30pm.

He is said to need fast ground and although it is unlikely to be too bad here, every drop of rain that has fallen in the last 48 hours has to be considered as a negative for Tom Dascombe’s runner.

He is clearly a progressive sprinter – winning both his handicap starts easily – but it should be noted he raced on the favoured part of the track at Ascot last time out and has been raised 11lbs for beating exposed sprinters, the handicapper clearly taking no chances.

He may well be a group horse in a handicap but there are enough question marks to look elsewhere.

Primrose Valley was given a bit of a nightmare ride last week at the Shergar Cup and it is interesting that he is seen out a week later.


His effort last month when third behind Magical Memory, who has won the Stewards Cup since, was a great run and he showed what form he is in last week with a luckless fourth. But he will struggle to reverse course and distance form with Roosey.

He came from an uncompromising position to finish just ahead of Primrose Valley in that hot Newmarket handicap at the July meeting. The pair look likely to be closely matched again and if the ground is no worse than good then Roosey would be the selection.

If the word ‘soft’ appears in the going description ahead of the race then that is going to make Beardswood very interesting.


On his seasonal debut he beat Dawn’s Early Night by a short head conceding race fitness to that horse. Now he re-opposes in receipt of 7lbs so anyone who fancies Dawn’s Early Night to run well surely has to back Beardswood instead.

The Richard Fahey-trained sprinter has had just three starts and was too far back last time out at Pontefract so a big run here can be expected.


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