Steve Ryder is back with three tips for today's action, with runners at Lingfield and Nottingham.
This looks a competitive fillies’ novice race but preference goes to the Simon & Ed Crisford trained Al Agaila (best priced at 6/4) who can get off the mark at the third attempt. The well bred daughter of Lope De Vega finished 3rd at Newbury on her debut where she made good late headway over the mile trip. That form is working out well with the winner Whitebeam following up in a handicap off a mark of 91 on her next start and the 2nd Light Of Peace finishing a close 2nd on her next start at Newmarket.
Al Agaila then finished a close 2nd behind Postmark at Ffos Las a month ago and the form of that race has also been boosted by the third Caph Star winning by 2 ¼ lengths on his next start. Sea Tsarina deserves respect having won on her debut at Yarmouth but she needs to put a disappointing effort behind her from last time when she was beaten at 2/7 at Newmarket. In receipt of 7lbs from her main rival, I do think Al Agaila will prove hard to beat in this race.
The Micky Hammond trained MYBOYMAX (best priced at 11/2) beat the favourite Gordons Aura comfortably last time at Yarmouth and despite that rival now being 6lbs better off and fitted with a visor, I do think the price discrepancy is too big. Myboymax has been a model of consistency so far this year with form figures of 32222131 and despite now racing off a career high mark of 76, he looks progressive over this trip.
The four-year-old had previously been staying on well over shorter trips but the step up to 1m6f last time at Yarmouth in a first-time tongue tie really brought about improvement in him and he won comfortably by two lengths at the finish. He has been raised 6lbs for that victory but I expect him to run well once again.
This looks a competitive 0-85 handicap but I feel LITTLE PRAYER (best priced at 11/1) is overpriced given her good form at the course. The Richard Spencer trained three-year-old has form figures of 321 at the course including a course and distance victory in June off a mark of 75. That was her first run in cheekpieces that day after a 91 day break and she won well by 1 ¼ lengths at the finish.
The handicapper raised Little Prayer 4lbs for that victory up to a mark of 79 where she has disappointed in better races at Newmarket and York but she has now been dropped 1lb and contests this easier race. The switch back to the AW should suit and I expect her to outrun her odds.