Sidaz Scotty likely to be too hot to handle in Gymcrack final
Sidaz Scotty has announced his trophy-winning credentials on the big stage and Dean Childs’ 2011 pup will take some beating in the upcoming Gymcrack final at Kinsley.
Making all in both of his competition appearances in the lead-up to the £6,000 showpiece, exceptional early pace has been a hallmark of his success so far.
An impressive 3¾ length heats victory could have been secured by an even bigger margin, such was the dominance he showed over the first three bends.
His nearest challenger in a recent semi-final contest, Borna Bob, reduced the deficit to under two lengths, however Scotty’s trapping and speed out of the boxes should be enough to see him home.
Another middle draw is unlikely to deter the 8/11 shot who’ll be bidding to emulate last year’s original ante-post favourite, Droopys Hope, and collect gold.
The emerging talent has rightly justified the favouritism afforded him in previous rounds and his current price is an appropriate reflection of his chances.
That said, if Scotty misses the kick he’ll have plenty to do with both Fridays Shane and the re-opposing Borna Bob on either side of him.
Kinsley has proved to be a happy hunting ground but earlier trips around Monmore proved to be more problematic, with slow breaks and crowding hampering the then odds-on favourite.
Comfortably beaten on two of his three first starts, those wishing to lay the leading fancy will be hoping those signs of vulnerability re-emerge.
Value-hungry punters may prefer to opt for one of Scotty’s opponents instead, with the 5/1 Fridays Shane an attractive proposition.
A semi-final victory in a blistering 27.41sec was achieved while showing admirable resilience in chasing down market leader, Strategic Review.
If the viable challenger can repeat that form then don’t be too surprised to see the jolly reeled in and an upset delivered.
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