It's a busy day on Channel 4 with eight races spread across Ascot, Lingfield and Haydock.
Nicky Henderson has already mopped up one quality flat race this week and the Lambourn handler looks to have set his sights on Ascot today with Sign Of A Victory who should love the fast ground prevalent at the Berkshire venue. His maiden win at Wolverhampton was achieved with the minimum of fuss and he represents a tough adversary for the selection KING BOLETE
(Best price 7-1) who didn’t always realise the potential he displayed in flashes last season.
That said, he could be worth chancing on his return for a new handler and he already boasts track knowledge given he was a creditable fourth in a warm handicap at the Royal meeting so could be a horse to catch fresh.
Duretto is defending a perfect 2-2 record at today’s venue and could also go well in a tough handicap to unravel.
King Bolete - 0.5pt e/w @ 7/1
This Listed event over 12 furlongs looks a trappy heat to solve with one of two of the field looking to prefer a further distance of ground as the season wears on. However, there are signs that James Fanshawe’s horses are beginning to fire and MISSED CALL
(Best price 7-1) may prove the answer to a tricky puzzle.
Her fitness has to be taken on trust, but that is the issue with a number of her rivals and her two runs at the track have yielded a narrow course and distance victory on fast ground and a career best last autumn when beaten by her progressive stablemate Star Storm in a Group Three.
Missed Call - 1pt @ 7/1
A series of excellent runs on the all-weather have ensured that Tutu Nguru has found her way to the head of the market for this fillies’ handicap and he appears to have a clear form chance with her yard in good order. However, this may not be a great race for the money and LIGHT AND SHADE
(Best price 6-1) and Havre De Paix could be two fillies to keep on side. The former won tidily on her sole start at this track last term and displayed a little more verve at Kempton on her return so narrowly gains the nod.
David Menuisier has made a bright to the season and Havre De Paix was another example of his abilities at Chelmsford when beating a subsequent winner.
Light And Shade - 0.5pt e/w @ 6/1
Many of this field have plenty of previous at the track and trying to sift through the various form lines left me more confused than an episode of Marcella. Sometimes it pays to keep it simple in cases like this and, although there is a chance BUCKSTAY
(Best price 14-1) could be a little isolated in stall two, he narrowly gains the nod from a list of dangers longer than a weekend in jail.
The selection was an honourable runner-up on his seasonal debut last term and today’s conditions are near enough his optimum, while we saw again last night that Jamie Spencer is a master at riding the straight track. Buckstay was fourth in this event 12 months ago, a place ahead of Emell
who has faced a stiff task on a number of occasions this term and could outrun his price.
A raft of dangers include the progressive Predominance, Free Code (caught the eye at Newmarket on his return) and Mister Universe whose stable have begun to find some form again after undergoing a quiet spell.
Buckstay - 0.5pt e/w @ 14/1
Emell - 0.25pt e/w @ 40/1
Paul Nicholls has begun the new jumps season like he finished the last and the combination of drying ground and the return to a flat track could see ALL YOURS
post his best effort of the season. The five-year-old was far from disgraced in the County Hurdle behind Wait For Me given he didn’t get up the hill and the ground was softer than ideal. He is a Grade One winner on a flat track in the spring having won at Aintree 12 months ago and Sam Twiston-Davies is happy to maintain the association despite the presence of other Nicholls runners.
Wait For Me posted an excellent effort at Cheltenham given his inexperience, while Ch’Tibello is another to bounce off the faster ground as he proved in the Scottish Champion Hurdle.
All Yours - 0.5pt e/w @ 12/1
This seven furlong Listed event looks a difficult race to find an ‘in’ with a number the runners closely matched. In the hope that KELINNI
(Best price 9-2) enjoys a solo in front he could be a tough proposition at this venue if he’s allowed to dominate like he was at Thirsk last time.
The selection has form figures of 1141 at today’s trip, goes well for Shane Gray and looks in great heart at present.
Markaz, fifth in a very strongly-run Leicester contest on his reappearance, and course specialist You’re Fired are the chief threats, even if the latter is seemingly better at a mile.
Kelinni - 1pt @ 9/2
Ralph Beckett has enjoyed plenty of success in this race in the past decade, posting three wins in the past and he looks to have a good opportunity for another victory courtesy of wide-margin Windsor winner MOUNTAIN BELL
(Best price 15-8). She wasn’t stopping at the end of that 10-furlong maiden so a stamina test is clearly a positive for her and history suggests her yard place their fillies superbly.
Architecture hails from a yard carrying all before them and she has a huge chance if today’s trip on tacky ground doesn’t prove beyond her first time out. Seventh Heaven won with plenty in hand at Dundalk, clocking a good time in the process so is a threat to all given her stable have their fillies in excellent form this spring.
Mountain Bell - 1pt @ 15/8
Aidan O’Brien has made a habit of winning this race in recent seasons so LANDOFHOPEANDGLORY
(Best price 4-1) is taken to add his name to the winner’s roll call at the expense of Humphrey Bogart. The selection looked in need of the outing at Newmarket last time, not to mention the step up in trip which he tackles today.
Humphrey Bogart handled deep ground well at Epsom behind a live Oaks candidate and should pick up some pieces late even if this trip isn’t confirmed as his optimum yet. Stablemate Viren’s Army enhanced the form with victory at Chester yesterday.
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Landofhopeandglory - 1pt @ 4/1