The Messenger continues to bang in the winners and he has bets on Koropick and All The Rage at Kempton and Wolverhampton on Saturday.
This is a tricky little race as The Last Lion boasts easily the best form and is priced along similar lines to a horse that only has a Thirsk maiden win to his name.
The Last Lion is already a listed winner and ran well in the Gimcrack last time. His 105 rating shows that he will be hard to beat, but he did not look as though the 6th furlong benefitted him last time, fading in the closing stages and he looks worth taking on again, as he might be a 5 furlong specialist.
Koropick is not a specialist at this stage but could well be a little special. He was very well backed for his debut at Thirsk just under 3 weeks ago and the son of Kodiac justified the supported with a very impressive display. He was always travelling well and quickened very smartly when asked. He won by 4.5 lengths and while it was not a strong race, the Middle Park entry looked a really exciting juvenile. He looks the call here to win this at 11/8 and if he is as good as he promises, he could win with a bit to spare.
1.5 points win Koropick at with Paddy Power, Betfred and William Hill
All The Rage is certainly no star despite her breeding and she did not deliver as expect in a number of races for Sir Mark Prescott when stepped up to 10 furlongs and beyond, for her initial forays into handicaps. She was beaten in all 4 of those handicaps that she ran in between June and early July. However she looked like she simply did not get home in many of those races and travelled stringly for a large part of her races over 12 furlongs, before finding nothing and fading in the closing stages.
She has been given nearly two months off since she was 4th at Lingfield and it looks like her trainer has accepted that she simply needs a drop in trip to be seen at her best. This is reflected in this entry over just short of 9 furlongs and her entries over the coming 7 days. She may simply not be a strong finisher but she is worth chancing at 3/1 here, as she could now prove to be ahead of her mark, running over a more suitable distance.
1 point win All The Rage at 3/1 with Paddy Power, Betfred and William Hill