Sam Turner has all the best bets for today's live racing on ITV.
2.10 Market Rasen
The versatile KAPSTADT (Best price 11-2) has had this race as a summer target for some time and could be the answer to a tricky race. The Ian Williams-trained seven-year-old arrives on the back of a fine effort on the level in a warm Haydock handicap where he was only beaten four lengths in a race which featured the likes of subsequent John Smith’s Magnet Cup runner-up Big Country. The selection has made steady progress on the flat this summer and should relish the prospect of a decent gallop and hurdles once more.
3.20 Market Rasen
IT’S A GIMME (Best price 10-1) has been a rather infrequent winner of late, but a couple of recent outings should have put him cherry ripe for this test and the signs last time at Stratford suggested the selection could be ready to post a big showing once more in a race which has treated him well historically. A winner of this afternoon’s valuable Listed chase back in 2014, the 10-year-old was sixth off an 11lb higher mark 12 months later which proved to be a creditable performance. It may be relevant rider Aidan Coleman prefers the chances of It’s A Gimme to that of stablemate and largely unexposed foe I’dliketheoption, whom he rode to victory last time, despite the latter being shorter in the ante-post market.
Any overnight showers will be warmly welcomed by trainer David Simcock who will have HIGH HOPES (Best price 6-1) his filly can deliver in Listed company for the first time. The selection has a little to find on official figures, however she has a proven history of enjoying soft ground so if conditions ease further she should be well served by the test this race may offer. There was plenty to take from her smooth Beverley win last time and her high cruising speed is a trait of her performances when she is in good heart and in top form.
The unexposed STRAIGHT RIGHT (Best price 13-2) was purchased for a princely sum of £450,000 from his French connections at the pre-Royal Ascot sale and went on to acquit himself pretty well for a 66-1 chance when seven lengths in arrears of Caravaggio and Harry Angel in the Commonwealth Cup. The French recruit had previously chased home the Guineas-placed Al Wukair in the spring over seven furlongs so makes some appeal in handicap company for his new yard who are going well at present. Likely favourite Remarkable is undeniably talented but a little short for a horse that has two ways of running.
Spark Plug goes well for Ryan Moore and the combination struck with a vengeance at Sandown a fortnight ago on fast ground. He is sure to be on the scene again although underfoot conditions will be different and might aid BEST OF DAYS (Best price 9-2) who failed to fire on a fast surface at Ascot on his comeback but could show a little more today. He was only beaten nine lengths in the King Edward VII Stakes and that race is already working out well so he could begin to show the form which saw him look a very useful juvenile.
TUPI (Best price 9-1) is something of an enigma but he was only three lengths in arrears of The Tin Man at the Royal meeting despite meeting trouble in running and could be a shade of value to upset Magical Memory. The latter should have enjoyed a confidence booster at Haydock in a small-field event, but his victory owed plenty to Kachy’s wayward tendencies and Tupi was highly impressive in the hands of today’s rider at Doncaster in the spring so could be worth chancing. Cut in the ground is no issue for the selection who could well find today’s race run to suit if the pace collapses late on and it becomes a stamina test.
MAGGIES ANGEL (Best price 7-2) is an unoriginal selection to win the Super Sprint but she performed with great credit behind stablemate Dance Diva at Newmarket in Listed company last time and the prospect of further showers will hold no terrors.
The selection looks well drawn down the middle, stays well and boasts a touch of class so should make an impact if her recent speed figures are to be believed.