It's a huge day of racing and our expert tipster has SEVEN bets from around the meetings.
Off the mark considerably lower than his one over hurdles, RAYVIN BLACK (best price 9/4)
is strongly fancied to take advantage of such a huge discrepancy. Going from strength-to-strength since last seen on the level back in 2012, Oliver Sherwood’s charge meteoric rise culminated with him capturing the Grade 2 Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton two starts ago and although he failed in his bid to follow up at his beloved Sandown Park last time out, finishing sixth under a big weight was still a fair return from the son of Halling. Best when allowed to dominate, it would come as little surprise to see him ridden fairly aggressively to make use of his stamina and undoubted lenient mark.
RAYVIN BLACK - 1pt @ 9/4Won 2.25pts
MORE MISCHIEF (best price 20/1)
was quite impressive when landing a competitive handicap at Doncaster on her seasonal reappearance and she has the scope to take this huge step up in class within her stride. Indeed, using her conqueror at Newmarket the time before, Moonrise Landing, as a guide, Jedd O’Keeffe inmate isn’t a million miles off this sort of level based on the subsequent improvement shown by the Winter Marathon hero, and with her time figure on Town Moor also very favourable, there are plenty of reasons to suggest the daughter of Azamour is seriously underestimated in the market.
MORE MISCHIEF - 0.5pts e/w @ 20/1Lost -1pts
In what looks to be the most wide open Palace House for years, LANCELOT DU LAC (best price 20/1)
makes most appeal of those quoted at double-figure odds. Unlucky not to land the big sprint final at Lingfield last time out on account of his tragic draw, Dean Ivory’s charge has plenty of big speed figure numbers to his name to suggest odds of 20/1 are worth snaffling up in anticipation of a huge run.
Bet365 are offering four places on this race.
LANCELOT DU LAC - 0.5pts e/w @ 20/1Lost -1pts
David Menuisier is already beginning to make a name for himself in the opening exchanges of the campaign and one of his most taking winners so far to date, SINFONIETTA (best price 9/1)
, can catapult the Pulborough handler even further into the spotlight.
Showing some useful form in his native France and arriving on these shores with a rating of 95, it seemed a formality that the son of Sinndar would pick up a maiden before going on to much better things, but that failed to materialise as the four-year-old struggled to live up to expectations. As a result of those slightly below-par efforts, he found himself on a reasonable mark to start this campaign and he quickly capitalised on that leniency by making a total mockery of his new rating of 76, winning a Nottingham handicap by six lengths with any amount in hand. Although the conditions that day may have slightly accentuated the visual impression he created, the time figure he produced, however, suggested otherwise. Not only was his overall speed figure by miles the best on the seven-race card, his closing sectionals compared favourably with the two five-furlong sprint races run earlier in the afternoon and it’s those findings which make him such an interesting proposition going forward.
Clearly, this race is going to be a totally different ball-game from bullying weaker opposition at Nottingham on a wet and dreary midweek card to the test he faces ahead, but the manner of his performance and the numbers suggest he may have what it takes to cope with the rise in grade and offset his new 13lb higher mark. With fitness on his side, a reasonable draw, and the ability to cope with easy underfoot conditions proven, he clearly has plenty in his favour.
SINFONIETTA - 0.5pts e/w @ 9/1Placed 0.4pts
Warm ante-post favourite Air Force Blue is entitled to be a thin price based on his performance in the Dewhurst towards the backend of last season, but using Aidan O’Brien’s charge as a guide, runner-up that day, MASSAAT (best price 14/1)
makes the most appeal for those looking for an each-way alternative. A huge, scopey sort, the son of Teofilo looks to have trained on nicely based on his recent racecourse gallop over this track at the Craven meeting (sectional times good compared to Jack Hobbs and Galileo Gold) and with track form and ground to suit, he can provide his rookie trainer with the thrill of a lifetime.
MASSAAT - 0.5pts e/w @ 14/1Placed 0.9pts
All eyes will no doubt be on Limini given her overall sexy profile, but she may have a good deal more to think about than the market suggests with the lurking presence of SLOWMOTION (NAP) (best price 10/3)
on the horizon. Aidan O’Brien’s charge somehow managed to get beat when looking all over the winner on her Irish debut at Limerick, but she quickly made up for that blip by scoring in convincing fashion upped in grade at Fairyhouse last time out. The feature of that performance at the Co Kildare venue was the way she breezed through that contest, and finding a nice turn of foot at the business end, the daughter of Soldier Of Fortune scampered to an easy seven length victory. With this season’s juveniles looking an above-average crop, her weight-for-age allowance will count for plenty, and she looks the ideal fodder for all each-way bandits who scrounge a living from these type of wagers.
SLOWMOTION - 1pt e/w @ 10/3Lost -2pts
Plenty of the usual suspects face the starter in this open-looking handicap, but having finished runner-up in this race last year, ARCHIE MEADE (best price 16/1)
seems to have been primed by connections to hopefully go one place better. Having not run since October, the son of Beneficial produced an eye-catching display over what was a trip way short of his best at Ballinrobe recently and with that run bound to have blown away the cobwebs, the consistent 11-year-old should now be fever-pitch. With plenty of course form in the bag and no concerns regarding ground, Danial Howard’s charge should reward each-way support.
ARCHIE MEADE - 1pt e/w @ 16/1Lost -1pts