The win-to-run ratio of REMEMBERANCE DAY (best price 11/1)
suggests she’s not one for kid’s piggy bank raiders, but at the same time, she’s enough positives to risk a few units. Les Eyre’s charge has only won once in 11 starts – a Class 6 handicap over 7f at Kempton last season – but on more than several occasions she’s intimated that it won’t be too long before she adds to that tally, and that was certainly the case at Wolverhampton last time. After a slow beginning, the daughter of Major Cadeaux was asked to challenge in the hottest part of what turned out to be a very strongly-run race at the Dunstall Park venue, so for that reason, she can be forgiven for fading to a small degree inside the final furlong. Having gone well at today’s track and hinted that she may improve for a step up in trip in the past, the combination of those factors make her a reasonable each-way proposition at the prices.
REMEMBERANCE DAY - 0.5pt e/w @ 11/1
CRAZY CHIC (best price 5/2)
continues to thrive and remains one to keep on side until beaten. Impressing with the way he travels through his races, Marco Botti’s charge also has a smart turn of foot when called upon and both of those two traits have been seen at full force in victory at Kempton and Lingfield of late. Usually ridden handy – tactics which are often seen to good effect around this track – the Exceed and Excel gelding should be able to work his way into a decent striking position turning for home and it’s from that point where this improving four-year-old will be ready to deliver the knockout blow. If the main selection does hit the buffers for whatever reason,
STEAL THE SCENE (best price 10/1)
is likely to be one of those lurking in the wings to capitalise and is worth a small cover bet accordingly. Richard Hannon’s inmate came out the best of those that raced up with a very strong pace for the grade over this course last time and a drop back in trip shouldn’t inconvenience his chance based on how much speed he displayed that evening.
CRAZY CHIC - 1pt @ 5/2
STEAL THE SCENE - 0.5pt @ 10/1
Greenside is bound to be a warm order given how easily he blew away a competitive field of handicappers off the back of a layoff at Newmarket 20 day ago, but with his price likely to reflect his chance, it could be worth looking elsewhere for some value in the shape of
. A big eye-catcher at Lingfield two starts ago, John Best’s charge was understandably strong in the market to vindicate the impression he created that day and although he failed to land the nationwide punt in a competitive heat at Kempton (8/1 into 7/2), he did more than enough to suggest he’s not quite ready to be filed into the cliff-jumpers tray just yet. In an unsuitable slowly run race at the Surrey track, the son of Ad Valorem was forced to make a big manoeuvre up the inside when the cutaway appeared just outside the two pole and although he looked like winning with a furlong to run, the effort in getting to the front took its toll in the dying strides. Hopefully things pan out a little more favourably for this likeable type on this occasion as he has plenty of tools locked away in his armoury if they do
BIG WHISKEY - 1pt e/w @ 6/1
To sayKRISTJANO(NAP) (best price 9/4)
was unlucky last time out at Wolverhampton would be a massive understatement and Chris Wall’s charge rates the best bet on the card to put matters right in a race that looks his for the taking. Heavily backed on handicap debut at the Dunstall Park track back in September, there were plenty of long faces at the home of the Newmarket stable when the son of Nayef got beat at shortish odds and so it was even more unpalatable for those that jumped in again with both feet next time to see their cash disappear into the Black Country air in the manner that it did on his return visit. All dressed up with nowhere to go coming out of the back straight, the three-year-old got into more pockets than the Artful Dodger rounding the home turn and beyond and he eventually was allowed to come home in his own time once the dye was cast. Given the way he was travelling at the time, it would be a brave man to suggest he wouldn’t have won with a degree of comfort and if applying the winner-without-a-penalty methodology, he rates a first class bet at his generous-looking early quotes.
KRISTJANO - 2pt @ 9/4