Our horse racing expert Andy Holding has two tips for today's action.
KING’S PROCTOR (best price 9-4) shaped with plenty of encouragement on his hurdling debut at Worcester and if Milton Harris’ gelding manages to squeeze out a little more improvement he may be capable of providing favourite Bright Eyed Eagle with an uncomfortable four minutes’ work.
A former useful performer on the Flat for Mark Johnston, there was only mild promise on his first two starts for new connections in two runs so far this season, but his change of vocation seemed to bring a new lease of life to the son of Cape Cross based on his initial display at the Midland venue 26 days ago. Held up towards the rear early, the six-year-old worked his way into contention going well on the approach to the second last and in what became a bit of a sprint to the line, he kept on well for minimum pressure to finish a never-nearer third. A horse who stayed middle distances pretty well on the level, hopefully today’s gallop will prove more suitable, and if that proves to be the case, he could provide his in-form handler another winner (2-2 yesterday).
Alqamar would be one of the classier horses to step foot on today’s course in recent times, so the mere fact PATEEN (best price 3-1) was able to keep tabs on Jimmy Moffatt’s inmate is testimony to the level of performance he achieved here over the weekend and a run of a similar standard should see the nine-year-old go close to going one place better in this much weaker-looking event.
A convincing winner of a class 4 contest at Market Rasen previously, the son of Vinnie Roe was upped in grade when arriving at the Cumbrian track for the first time two days ago and despite being 3lb out of the handicap, he still managed to post a career-high effort in making the short-priced favourite work hard for the victory. Clearly a different proposition to the one that saw his fortunes nose-dive over in Ireland, the switch to current connections and the fitting of a visor have been the main reason for his new outlook and with that all-important run under his belt around today’s unique venue likely to count for plenty, Jessica Bedi’s gelding appears to have a decent chance in a race of this nature (class 5).