Almost Gold returned to form when a solid third last time out and looks weighted to get back to winning ways in the 2.40 at Exeter today. This Ian Williams trained six-year-old opened his account over the obstacles in facile fashion when cruising clear to land a four-runner handicap hurdle at Doncaster back in November off a mark of 108. He got put up just 3lb for that success but failed to trouble the judged in his next two starts. However, there was lots to like about his run at Newbury earlier in the month when third of 16 to Jabulani. After chasing the leaders. Almost Gold held every chance two from home before keeping on really well after the last to be beaten five lengths. The second home Copper Gone West won next time up after being put up 4lb and the fifth placed Notachance has also gone on to taste success when landing a 13-runner affair at
Newbury two days ago and landing a gamble in the process. That gives the form a rock solid look in relation to this weaker looking class 4 contest and Almost Gold is able to race in it off an unchanged mark of 108 – the same as when last victorious. It makes him the one to beat and a repeat of his latest run should be good enough to see him take care of this lot.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts win Almost Gold (4/1 generally available – use BOG firms)