Our racing expert is keeping Tim Vaughan's runners on his side now the stable has found some form.
Tim Vaughan’s horses are now running a lot better after a pretty wretched winter and his runners could be worth keeping on your side in the coming weeks, with a trio holding chances at Warwick and Wincanton this afternoon.
The trainer runs BROOME LANE in the 3m handicap chase at the former track (2.30pm) and the son of Kayf Tara is potentially on a generous mark of 82 making his chase/handicap debut under Rules. His best effort in six runs over hurdles came at Chepstow in February 2015 when second to a progressive/well handicapped winner and, while he failed to build on that in two subsequent runs, he has looked on good terms with himself in a couple of recent point-to-points outings, finishing runner-up on both occasions.
Still lightly-raced at seven, the son of Kayf Tara really ought to be able to make his mark in this sphere over this sort of trip and with Richard Johnson booked it could be today that it all comes together.
His stablemate BALLYROCK is handicapped to win the 3m1f handicap hurdle run later on the card (4.00pm) having bounced back to form when finishing a close second at Chepstow last month. That run can be upgraded as the heavy ground probably wasn’t ideal and he made a significant (but uncharacteristic) jumping error in the home straight. The handicapper has nudged him up 4lb to a new mark of 124 but he’s been as high as 140 and, with his stable in much better form now, he’s taken to go one better and hopefully give Richard Johnson a double on the card.
Vaughan is double-handed in the 2m handicap hurdle at Wincanton (3.40pm) with Dadsintrouble, who is making his handicap debut after an absence of 327 days, and RUSTAMABAD. The latter interests me most as he has shown more ability in his seven starts under Rules, finishing in the first three on five occasions, and he is potentially thrown in here on a mark of 108 based on his one-length second to Fourth Act at this track in October (2m5f, good to firm), with the winner now rated in the 140s.
The selection finished well beaten on his handicap debut at Huntingdon in January but the stable was badly out of form then and besides deep winter ground was never going to suit this son of Dylan Thomas. With conditions in his favour this afternoon and with Alan Johns taking a handy 5lb off his back, he could well get involved and reward each-way support.