Andy Holding struck with a 13/2 winner yesterday so be sure to check today's advice.
WALKING IN THE AIR (best price 6/4)
was backed as if defeat was out of the question at Wetherby last time out, but those who got involved in the gamble were in for a rude awakening as Dan Skelton’s charge had the misfortune to bump into the useful and gritty Lake View Lad. However, in pulling well clear of the rest, the son of Flemensfirth still ran to a fair standard and given that he shapes as though better ground in the spring might aid his cause, the dry, crisp day which is forecast for the Berkshire venue should ensure the conditions are much more in his favour this time around.
Walking In The Air - 1pt @ 6/4Lost -1pt
The figures posted by CLEMENT (best price 9/2)
when winning over the C&D on February 6 compared to the big 7f handicap won by the 101-rated Realize (Shyron second), suggested John O’Shea’s charge was miles better than his rating at the time of 72 and even after a defeat off an 11lb higher mark here last time, the handicapper may have not got hold of him just yet. Although he could only manage third behind Pour La Victoire seven day ago, the bear result doesn’t go halfway to telling the whole story as the Clodovil gelding got stopped more times than an ice-cream van down the straight. Finishing full of running going through the line, it would be easy to fashion a case to suggest he would have won with a clear run and he gets an immediate chance to test that theory in a race that should suit his run style.
Clement - 1pt e/w @ 9/2Lost -2pt
THE MAGIC PENCIL (best price 11/4)
has shaped as though a maiden is well within his compass on both his starts to date and other than the potentially useful newcomer trained by John Gosden, this looks a fairly weak affair. Involved in a couple of steadily run affairs, the way Kevin Ryan’s charge has kept on well for minimum pressure on each outing has suggested he would be better served by a more thorough examination and today’s extra two furlongs will hopefully provide him with the necessary test he requires.
The Magic Pencil - 1pt @ 11/4Lost -1pt
Lusis Naturea is bound to be a popular choice following his wide-margin success in a maiden here last week, but he may have his work cut out to cope with ALNAHAR (NAP) (best price 11/2)
, who comes out best on the figures courtesy of a fine effort in a much stronger race on the same card. In one of the fastest run round track races run at the track during the winter, the son of Bahri posted a career-high performance in finishing a creditable third behind the useful all-weather specialist, Poitin, and given that he travelled the strongest before just failing to see out the trip, a drop back to his previous C&D victory over 1m 2f should prove ideal for Natalia Lupini’s inmate.
Alnahar - 1pt e/w @ 11/2Placed 0.1pt