THE MINACK has been off the track for 700 days which sounds worrying but the question I ask is why would Nicholls throw him in this race against a top field if he wasn’t 100% fit especially in these gruelling conditions?
He will actually love the heavy ground with so many of his wins coming on testing ground. He started his last race off a mark of 159 but is now down to 152 so he can afford a decline of 7lb for 700 days off the track.
I have no doubt in my mind that if he had not been off for so long then THE MINACK would rightly be favourite at around 4/1 so the 12/1 we can get looks huge. THE MINACK form before lay off was nothing short of class. Has only been beaten once over fences bar a fall. Only these positives point to a big run and the 12/1 on offer is nothing short of stupid from the bookmakers.
This is an E/W Selection.