Sir Mark Prescott has an impressive 22% strike-rate with his raiders at Beverley in recent years and the morning support for Monjeni (5.35) suggests the Newmarket handler is about to plunder another handicap prize. Monjeni has been as big as 11/4 in places but is now no bigger than a 7/4 chance to open his account at the sixth attempt. The Montjeu gelding steps up markedly in trip this evening, a move that often prompts improvement from runners from this yard.
Thirty minutes later at the Yorkshire venue, The Wagon Wheel has been all the rage to make a winning debut in the 5f fillies’ maiden for Richard Fahey. The daughter of Acclamation is now a general 2/1 chance having been two points bigger on the opening show.
The final mover of significance on the Beverley card is Arcane Dancer in the 7f 100yd handicap at 7.40. Already a course and distance winner, Richard Kingscote’s mount is drawn for attack in stall 1 and conditions look ideal.
At Windsor, there will be some long faces among connections of Makzeem should the colt get beaten this time (6.15). Closely-related to the yard’s top-class middle distance performer Al Kazeem, this colt sets a high standard on his last two efforts and punters have forced Roger Charlton’s charge into 4/6 from an opening 10/11.
An hour later at the riverside venue, Pixeleen is all the rage to provide Malcolm Saunders with a winner in the 6f handicap. Pixeleen, a selection from Oddschecker pundit Andy Holding, is now a solid 2/1 market leader having been a full point bigger earlier this morning.