Wee Ronnie Corbett may have made an excellent jockey (better than Barker we’d suggest) were he not diverted into a legendary comedy career. Thankfully for fans of fork handles or answering the question before last, Corbett never saw the track, but he would have made the ideal partner for Monologue (1620 BST Wolverhampton), named we’re sure after Ronnie’s rambling joke segment.
Monologue’s early runs, last Summer, may have raised a few laughs, but he showed signs of promise at this track after a break in October, and then lived up to that in no uncertain manner with a convincing win after another break at Kempton last week.
That was a more impressive win than the margin might suggest as he was settled well back before quickening past the field up the straight in a long sweeping run. He looks to have really strengthened up and could be rapidly improving.
A 6lb penalty for that win doesn’t look likely to stop him, and the slightly longer trip should help as he just got better the further he went.
He will go off favourite here, but still looks backable as we feels the bookies may have underestimated his potential. It’s a great chance for us to have the last laugh.
And now, Barbara Dickson….
Recommendation: Monologue (1620 Wolverhampton), 3/1 generally available
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