Volante to make light work of top weight

David O'Meara trains the selection

David O'Meara

Harwoods Volante

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Betting Tip: Harwoods Volante @ 9/2 with bet365

This is the first of several tricky handicaps on the night and it’s no exaggeration to say that none of the 16 runners can be ruled out with any confidence. But in a masochistic sort of way it’s the type of race I like to have a crack at and I’ve no hesitation in putting my trust in one of my go-to trainers, David O’Meara. He’s mustard when it comes to improving other stable’s cast-offs or horses that have lost their way, and he’s already worked his magic with HARWOODS VOLANTE. On just his second start for the stable, he beat all bar the progressive Beautiful Stranger in a decent mile contest at Pontefract last time and a reproduction of that effort would just about suffice here, with the drop back to 7f unlikely to be a problem. It might appear he has a lot of weight with 10st to shoulder, but his actual handicap mark of 74 looks generous when you consider he’s been as high as 92.

Betting Tip: Harwoods Volante @ 9/2 with bet365

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