Our expert pundit is in red-hot form after landing a sensational 161-1 treble yesterday.
Although SHAHAAMA (best price 8-1)
clearly has her limitations, at the same time, she doesn’t appear too badly treated off a mark of 60 for her handicap debut and she’s worth a small each-way interest to put that theory to the test. Having showed a modicum of promise in her first two starts, the daughter of Showcasing exhibited a good deal more ability on her latest outing at Nottingham and although she was soundly beaten back in third, time may tell that she was up against two fairly useful sorts in the shape of Mustallib and Hermitage Bay. Given that the latter named is a fairly reliable guide to the form off a rating of 80, Mick Channon’s charge, therefore, has done quite well to be assessed 20lb inferior off the back of that display, and as the time figure of the race in question was also quite good, she shouldn’t have to much trouble coping with the likely decent pace often generated by a double-figure field size handicap.
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Shahaama - 0.5pt e/w @ 8/1Lost -1pt
Victory for Markhan at Listowel on Sunday finally got trainer David Marnane off the unwanted cold list (had gone 65 days and 27 runners without a winner prior to that), and with the belief his team may have just started to turn the corner, MOSTAWFEE (best price 16-1)
may continue the resurgence of the Co Tipperary handler. The Dandy Man gelding shaped with plenty of promise on his only start as a two-year-old at Dundalk last year, but it was his latest performance at Navan which really caught the eye and suggested he may have plenty to offer for the future. Dropped back down in trip to six furlongs, the scopey three-year-old made up plenty of headway in the latter stages of that maiden at the Co Kildare venue and given that he wasn’t subject to a particularly hard ride, and he got hampered several times in the run, the performance deserves to be upgraded. Despite the positives, he does have to overcome Kidd Malibu, who ran with tons of promise on his debut and, having his third run for a handicap mark, there’s always a chance that connections would sooner be pressing all the right buttons after he gets a rating off the official assessor. That said, the combination of his raw ability and his price make him too irresistible to miss, and he has to be worth a small each-way interest just in case he’s allowed to run on his merits.
MOSTAWFEE - 0.5pt e/w @ 16/1Lost -1pt
GIANT SPARK (best price 5-4)
scored in the manner of a horse way ahead of his current mark at Redcar last time and, reunited with Simon Walker for this amateur rider’s contest, the combination should turn out to be an irresistible force. Always travelling sweetly at the Yorkshire venue, the son of Orientor took up the running going down to the two-furlong pole and showing a nice turn of pace relative to the grade, he quickly put daylight between himself and the rest of his toiling rivals. On the evidence of that display, a 6lb penalty shouldn’t be enough to prevent Paul Midgley’s inmate from going in again and he rates a decent bet at odds-against, given he faces a similar kind of field to the one he demolished the last day.
GIANT SPARK - 2pt @ 5/4Lost -2pt