The Racing League draws to a close at Southwell on Wednesday evening and Racing Post tipster Robbie Wilders bids to end the event on a high with three each-way selections.
David O’Meara is a master at keeping his older handicappers sound and Summerghand’s recent exploits are testament to that.
Therefore, I have a feeling another of his stalwart nine-year-olds, GULLIVER, is going to collect sooner rather than later.
Gulliver was rated 100 as recently as July 2022, but is now down to a mark of 82 despite catching the eye when fifth at Thirsk last time.
He finished with running to give after being given too much to do and that earned him another 2lb drop from the assessor.
Considering it was his best run for a few months, Gulliver looks ready to strike under Ben Curtis and his draw in stall two looks fine as he is drawn close to the front-runner American Star in box four.
There is also little concern about Gulliver switching to the all-weather as he produced his career-best performance on Racing Post Ratings at this course in 2020.
Gulliver @ 6/1 - 1pt each-way
bet365 are paying four places at one fifth of the win odds across all of the Racing League contests and, although the Frankie Dettori-ridden SEA STONE will be shorter than 5/1, I’m keen to take advantage of those enhanced terms considering there are just 11 runners.
Sea Stone is an improving stayer and arrives off the back of a lifetime best at Newmarket over 1m6f, giving the impression a return to 2m will also be in his favour going forward.
He gets that again here and trainer Ismail Mohammed’s quotes after the Newmarket triumph were eye-catching.
He is reportedly aiming Sea Stone at the Dubai Gold Cup on Dubai World Cup night and the four-year-old will need to be rated at least 90 to participate at that meeting.
A rise from his mark of 87 is required and Dettori can steer him home in front here before he moves on to bigger and better things.
Confidence in this hold-up performer’s claims is cemented by the likely pace set-up of this contest, as there are an abundance of habitual prominent racers. It could pan out favourably for the closers.
Sea Stone @ 4/1 - 1pt each-way
I put up SCAMPI for the Ebor last time and felt confident about two furlongs out as he was the last one off the bridle.
Despite the fact he failed to see out the 1m6f trip at York as resolutely as many others, he was still only beaten by four and a half lengths and he can capture this weaker event back down to a 1m4f distance we know he relishes.
The Ebor form always works out terrifically and the early signs are positive again as the sixth, ninth and 16th at York filled the first three places in Haydock’s Old Borough Cup last weekend.
Scampi can do his bit for the form now for the in-form Andrew Balding.
With similar thinking to the Sea Stone selection, Scampi should be backed each-way with four places up for grabs in this 12-runner finale.
Scampi @ 7/2 - 1pt each-way