It's a busy day of racing and our resident columnist has EIGHT bets to get your teeth into.
2.15 Market Rasen
Despite winning four off the reel and the impressive nature of those victories, MOABIT (best price 9-2) still has the look of a very well handicapped horse and is fancied to back up that view in this valuable summer jumping prize. Paul Nicholls’ inmate began his winning streak when scoring with any amount in hand on his first outing since a wind-op at Exeter back in May, and he completed the nap hand in just as easy fashion at Newton Abbot last time out. In between, he’d proven he can handle a fast-run handicap by dismantling a field of experienced campaigners at Stratford, and with his favoured fast ground seen as a massive help to his cause, the son of Azamour can land his biggest pot to date.
2.45 Market Rasen
Novices are always dangerous in these big-field handicaps so with that mind, GOLDEN DOYEN (best price 10-1) and MONSIEUR GIBRALTAR (best price 22-1) are worth more than a second look at their respective morning prices. Although they have yet to win a race between them in nine chase starts, they each have shown a fair level of form and, just as importantly, they have exhibited liking for today’s track on their most recent outings. The former was just touched off here last time by the very useful hurdler Party Rock in an above-average novice chase for the track and he could just improve for a step up in trip. The latter seemed to show much appetite for the game when travelling well in a novice event here last time and although he got readily brushed aside in the end afterr a blunder at the last, time may tell he faced an impossible task trying to give Impulsive American 17lbs.
Seven furlongs on fast ground often brings out the best in HAVE A NICE DAY (best price 10-1) and following an eye-catching prep-race at Fairyhouse last week, Sabrina Harty’s charge should make a bold bid to go back-to-back in this corresponding race. On three of his last five visits to the Co Kildare venue over today’s C&D, the son of Oratorio has been successful and he should be all the sharper for his effort the other day over an inadequate trip (didn’t get the best of runs in the straight).
Fillies have affair record in this valuable prize down the years and one of the leading contenders representing the fairer sex this year, SPIRITUAL LADY (best price 10-1), looks to have every chance of upholding the tradition. Not only was Charlie McBride’s charge visually impressive when making a winning racecourse debut at Newmarket 22 days ago, the time she posted intimated she could be well above average, and with the second that day, Paulownia, going on to confirm the form at Ascot next time, hopes are high that the daughter of Pastoral Pursuits can follow suit despite racing on this much quicker surface.
C&D form and a decent draw are two of the most important ingredients in finding the likely winner of these big, 6f handicaps at the Co Kildare venue and CAPTAIN CULLEN (best price 20-1) has to come into the equation given that he largely fits that criteria to a tee. Having scored over seven at this track before, the Strategic Prince gelding should find this unique trip very much to his liking and following his most recent performance in which he would have needed the run after a 135-day break, he should now be at fever-pitch to run a huge race.
Old friend IN SALUTEM (best price 12-1) always has to come into the argument when he’s a double-figure price for one of these events as he more often than not finishes in the frame at the very least. On his latest outing at this track he ran right up to his best form when chasing home Rattling Jewel 22 days ago and today’s conditions look ideal for Ken Condon’s inmate to run well again in a race he was third last year.
UDOGO (best price 8-1) ran another commendable race in what turned out to be a very strongly-run contest at Leopardstown last time out and he looks set fair to go well again hailing from a stable going through a golden spell at present. A solid fourth in the apprentice Derby run over today’s C&D the time before, the figures suggest Joseph O’Brien’s charge ran an even better race when finishing third to Botany Bay at the Co Dublin venue nine days ago and his top mornings quotes of 7-1 seem a shade to generous given his overall solid profile.