USA Today (22/12/22)
A couple of bets for us tonight at Tampa Bay. Nothing that I've gone in heavy on but I've had a couple of medium stake plays. I'd also like to take the opportunity to wish all WTD members a very Merry Christmas 🎄🎅🏻
R3 Tampa - $17,000 Start Allowance - 7f
This is a decent race on paper and my hope is that they'll go a strong early gallop because we are siding with a deep closer who is dropping back in trip. Looking at the pace profile, I expect BLAKENSTEIN, TAPSOLUTION, and STRONG ENDING to go forward and it is the latter who is probably going to shake off his completion coming into the bend. Whilst he may well go onto win the race, I really fancy IRISH VALOR to run him down. He's a very strong finisher, he has a top jockey booked and at 3/1 he offers some value against the Favourte.
Advised Bet: IRISH VALOR (3/1) - WIN
R4 Tampa - $8,000 Claimer - 6f
We are going back in on a last time out winner for us here. The horse in question is THEJIGISUP who hosed up over this course and distance just fifteen days ago. Once again Suarez takes the ride and with pace forecast from the inside draws, my hopes is that he'll drop in on the rail once again and come with a sustained run in the straight. If that's how the race pans out, I think we will have every chance of getting another win out of the horse.
Advised Bet: THEJIGISUP (7/1) - EW