The first major final of 2020
takes centre-stage on this evening [Friday] with the final of the Coral Essex
Vase the highlight of a STACKED 12-race card at Romford.
Run over a distance of 575
metres, the contest was first run in 1939 and boasts a prize fund of £10,000.
Recent winners include Adageo Bob, Bubbly Torpedo, Murrys Act and Droopys
Aoife. The 2020 renewal was won by Kimessan Puma.
I’ve previewed the semi-finals
with our best bets for all of the action, which includes our NAP and
6:09: Romford: Quivers
Rocco (Trap Two)
An impressive winner on his debut
for Nathan Hunt, things failed to go to plan last week when he met trouble in
running. However, he remains open to plenty of improvement and remains
6:28: Romford: Miss
Shelby (Trap Six)
Always beware a bitch in form and
Miss Shelby has to be respected following three straight wins at the track. She
has looked electric from the boxes of late and makes plenty of appeal to once
again handle another step up in grade.
6:43: Romford: Aero
Rackitup (Trap Two)
talented dog who was unlucky last time out. He was bumped early after being
slow away and that was clearly not his true showing. This drawn looks ideal and
he has leading claims here.
6:58: Romford: Malton
Manor (Trap Six)
Shaped well when chinned on the
line last week. A reproduction of that effort would make him very tough to
7:18: Romford: Mohort
Bob (Trap Three)
Bounced back to form with a gutsy
success from the front. He clearly needs to break well again, but he has proved
quick away from the boxes before and makes appeal here.
7:36: Romford: Droopys
Flight (Trap Five)
There have been signs that he
boasts plenty of ability and he stayed on strongly to finish third last time
out. His trainer is adamant that there is plenty more to come from this son of
Ballymac Eske and he is given another chance switching back to a middle draw.
7:56: Romford: Innfield
Kaci (Trap Two)
Was far from disgraced when
chasing home Goldies Hoddle at the track last week. She returned to winning
ways at his native Henlow, but there’s more to come from this bitch in this
8:17: Romford: Seaglass
Shannon (Trap Four)
Unbeaten in her last two starts
where she displayed a good attitude to score close home. That effort was very impressive
given the wat she battled back to score. This demands more, but she looks
capable of further improvement.
8:38: Romford: Goldies
Hoddle (Trap Three)
What a talent. One of the races
this evening is named in his honour after a fantastic 2020 and he bids for a
fourth straight win at his beloved Romford. He was magnificent last week when
scoring in sumptuous fashion and from a draw which suits, he makes plenty of
appeal to complete the four-timer.
8:54: Romford: Droopys
Aoife (Trap One)
A fabulous renewal of the Coral
Essex Vase final. Droopys Aoife was impressive in her semi-final and has a
perfect drawn in trap one. If she can break sharply, she could be very tough to
peg back. Sparta Master showed electric pace from the boxes last week and is
feared along with Antigua Rum who will be staying on strongly at the finish.
9:12: Romford: Ivy Hill
Skyhigh (Trap Three)
The hope is that Ivy Hill Skyhigh
can rediscover his best form. He made the semi-finals of the Essex Vase, but
was ultimately disappointing in the semi-final when slow away and well-beaten
into fifth. Goldies Greaves is a massive danger in trap four, but this is hist
first start at the track and this looks a good opportunity for Mark Wallis’ dog
to rediscover his best form.
9:28: Romford: Newinn
Liz (Trap Six)
Newinn Liz is another Romford
specialist and she was far from disgraced when third in her Essex Vase
semi-final last week. She can return to winning ways in the finale.
Romford: Goldies Hoddle (Trap Three)
Next Best: 6:43: Romford: Aero Rackitup (Trap Two)
Coral Essex Vase Final
Selection: 8:54: Romford: Droopys
Aoife (Trap One)