Mortens Leam was eventually sent off as a 12/1 shot on Tuesday but, unfortunately, it wasn’t his day. He looked to be travelling well as they started turning down the back, but the wide passage charted by his jockey eventually took its toll.
|Robbie Dunne looks a significant booking for Triopas.
He was posted 4 or 5 horses wide for the vast majority of the race, and he was never going to get home after that. He did show promise though, and he is worth keeping an eye on for his next couple of starts.
Storm Doris is due to hit overnight, and the current good to soft ground at Huntingdon could deteriorate. I think that could play into the hands of handicap debutant Triopas, a 5yo son of Stowaway who looks bred to appreciate give underfoot.
Tom Lacey’s charge ran his best race under rules on good to firm when beaten in a decent bumper at Aintree (17f), but he got a lot closer to the winner of that race, Gustave Mahler, when they met on good to soft in a point to point at Barbury (20f).
Stowaway’s progeny usually appreciate a bit of give, and Triopas’ dam won 5 races, 3 of which came on soft ground at 20f. The booking of Robbie Dunne for the first time catches the eye, and he replaces inexperienced claimer Tommie O’Brien in the saddle.
Dunne has ridden for these connections on 17 occasions, winning on 6 and placing on a further 4. That is a very good strike rate, and it suggests that better may be expected on handicap debut off a mark of just 93.
This fella’s form has been woeful, so it takes a big leap of faith to support him. However, if the heavens open and the ground turns soft, he could well reward each way support off his low mark at odds of 25/1.
STEVOS’ SELECTION: 13.30 HUNTINGDON-TRIOPAS E/W 25/1