Following a 15/8 winner yesterday, Steve Ryder is back with three tips for today's action.
The Amy Murphy trained RINGO STARLIGHT (best priced at 5-2) showed very little on his first three career starts but was an impressive winner on his nursery debut at Chelmsford on Saturday. The handicapper gave the son of Twilight Son an opening handicap mark of 48 which now looks extremely lenient based on his performance.
As well as Ringo Starlight making his handicap debut, he was also running for the first time since a gelding operation and was also fitted with first time blinkers. A combination of these factors led to a huge amount of improvement shown by the gelding and he should prove hard to beat under a 6lb penalty if he can show the same level of form on turf.
The 77 rated Blaast is respected in first time cheekpieces but preference instead goes to the once-raced Godolphin filly SACRED JEWEL (best priced at 5-4). The daughter of Dubawi made her debut at Newmarket in June and despite only finishing fourth, the form of that race is working out well. The winner Zain Claudette won her next two starts including a Group 3 at Ascot and Group 2 at York and the second Dubai Jewel won her next two starts including under a penalty at Newbury.
Sacred Jewel returns from 122 days off the track at a time that the Charlie Appleby yard are operating at a 27% strike rate and I expect her to get off the mark at the second attempt.
This looks a competitive apprentice handicap but I feel it is worth taking a chance on the Bryan Smart trained PENOMBRE (best priced at 12-1) at a double figure price. The gelding has shown very little in his career so far but put in his best performance when encountering soft ground at Musselburgh last year.
Penombre now returns from a 161 day break and he has also had a wind operation in that time. He will appreciate the return to soft ground and looks worth taking a chance on from his career low mark of 57.