ZAAKHIR (best price 11-4) has had the misfortune to bump into a couple of really progressive types on his last two starts and while it won’t be an easy task to overcome the potentially well-treated favourite Canonbury, at least her speed figures and overall form give her half a squeak of pulling off the upset. No match for Sharja Queen at Salisbury two starts ago, Charles Hills’ inmate probably didn’t quite see out the trip behind Guns Of Leros on her return visit to the Wiltshire track last time out, but with the winner advertising the form with a resounding success at Goodwood on Saturday, the daughter of Raven’s Pass has enough upside to warrant a small bet at the early prices.
7.40 Newton Abbot
MOUNT VESUVIUS (best price 7-2) ended a bit of a barren spell when scoring over tonight’s C&D three starts ago and although he’s failed to follow up in two subsequent outings, there’s a decent chance he can get back on the winning trail returning to his optimum conditions. Failing to stay 2m 5f the next time he set foot on the West Country venue, Paul Henderson’s charge ran a good deal better when dropped back in trip at Fontwell last time out and if it wasn’t for a never-say-die ride by Jamie Moore on Red Orator, he may have well scored for the second time in three starts. Having already accounted for Dry Ol’ Party in a previous encounter and hailing from a stable in a decent bit of form at present, the son of Spartacus looks booked to run his usual solid race.