BOWER LUKE has little margin for error drawn outside speedy local Plaza Led but Pat Rosney’s dog is still the one to beat in Nottingham’s Star Sports & LPS Derby trial stakes over 500m at Nottingham (8.21).
The All England Cup hero improved with each run during the Newcastle Category One and still has scope for further improvement so is expected to take early control.
Kennelmate BOWER TURBO failed to stay six bends when upped in trip at Perry Barr last time but showed plenty of spark and the drop back in distance should suit at 8.36.
He lacks previous course knowledge but a stiff four bends is likely to be ideal and he can prove strongest.
Similar sentiments about the course and distance apply to George Stark’s WESTFORTH HUGO, who gets the vote in the 9.11 as a result.
He did run at the track a year ago but is a far more rounded dog now and and will be tough to hold with anything like a clear.
The first of the evening’s trial stakes at 7.51 can go to Allison Kelly-Pilgrim’s DEANRIDGE BALOO, a Trafalgar Cup finalist whose touch of class can make up for this being his first race since February.
Doncaster’s evening SIS card has four heats of the BGBF British Bred Oaks over 483m in which the suggestions are Sean Parker’s Russanda Reel (6.43) Liz McNair’s Queen Lilly (6.58) and Queen Dolly (7.36) plus Nathan Hunt’s Bang On Annie (7.56).
Deanridge Baloo Nottingham 7.51 Bower Luke Nottingham 8.21 Bower Turbo Nottingham 8.36 Westforth Hugo Nottingham 9.11