Following a 3/1 winner yesterday, Steve Ryder is back with three tips for today's action.
The Green Man stepped forward from his debut effort to finish 3rd at Chelmsford last time but I feel he may have to settle for a place once again behind ZERO CARBON (best priced at 3/1). The Richard Hughes trained three-year-old finished 3rd at Chelmsford on his debut a month ago and that run can be upgraded. The son of Acclamation raced prominently that day but found the more experienced Open Mind too good late on with Pat Dobbs dropping his whip in the final furlong of the race.
The form of that debut run has been boosted since with Open Mind now rated 83 and the second Phinow winning on his next start at Wolverhampton. Zero Carbon steps up in trip from 6f to 7f and should prove hard to beat under Pat Cosgrave.
The Clive Cox trained MIDNIGHT TRAIN (best priced at 3/1) was disappointing in his three starts in 2021 but has won both of his starts in 2022 in handicaps since being gelded. The son of Iffraaj won on his reappearance off an opening mark of 54 at Windsor by ½ length before winning by a short head at Nottingham earlier this month off a 4lb higher mark.
The handicapper has raised the gelding 6lbs for his latest victory which seems fair given they pulled 2 1/4 lengths clear of the third that day and he should prove hard to beat in this race.
NOVA LEGEND (best priced at 6/1) has attracted some early market support so I feel it is worth taking a chance on him in this 0-80 handicap. The three-year-old ran with credit on all three of his starts for Hugo Palmer last season but has now joined the James Ferguson stable for this season. The handicapper has given him an opening mark of 78 for his handicap debut which seems very fair and he is stepped up in trip to 1m4f for the first time and also fitted with first time cheekpieces for this race.
The combination of these factors could all bring about improvement in Nova Legend and I feel he is worth backing in this race with Daniel Muscutt taking over on board.