It is St Leger/Irish Champion Stakes weekend along with several cracking meetings up and down the country. Here are my best bets across several cards – PJ.
Doncaster Tips –
2.40 – Doncaster – I know that Angus has covered this Portland Handicap in his TV column, but I wanted to comment on it from a betting perspective as several of these are set to make the market namely Intrinsic, Muthmir, Compton Park and Out Do and that leaves us with plenty of room to manoeuvre as far as getting an each-way price is concerned.
That means I shall be backing two against the field in the form of GOLDREAM and YORK GLORY.
The last named hasn’t cut much ice since winning the Wokingham Handicap last year and the handicapper has finally shown him a bit of mercy by dropping him to a mark of 100. We saw a glimpse of his old spark last time out behind Blaine running a better race than his finishing position suggests.
Goldream arrives here a relatively fresh horse following a 35 day break since getting up in the shadow of the post to beat Move In Time at Ascot over the minimum trip. He does stay a sixth furlong, but I am under the strong impression that a fast run five and a half will suit him even better and despite a career high mark he should play a leading role.
Of the remainder, at bigger prices, the likes of Bogart and Seeking Magic could also run well. The last named finds six furlongs just a shade too far, led approaching the final furlong in the Stewards’ Cup and I fancy he will outrun his odds here.
GOLDREAM - BET NOW
YORK GLORY - BET NOW
Chester Tips –
2.20 – Chester – I am very much in tune with Angus here and fancy a huge run from NORSE BLUES, down to a very attractive mark and set to relish the fast ground and beautifully drawn in stall one. On his Thirsk win last year he has massive claims and at the very least is a back to lay.
But I want to have a second wager here in the form of MABAIT as the veteran finally returns to his best set-up. The now eight-year-old is back down to his last wining mark of 87 and this drop in trip will be perfect off a fast pace on quick ground.
The last time he ran here, off a 1lb, higher mark, the second selection made really good late headway behind Clockmaker and the quicker they go the better his chance with his customary late rattle a potent force at the backend of the race.
The biggest danger to these two has to be Accession, unlucky at Goodwood and a ready winner last time out at Newbury with the slight negative being he would ideally prefer just a bit of dig.
NORSE BLUES (back to lay) - BET NOW
BET NOW – MABAIT (e/w) - BET NOW
This was the meeting I was most interested in from a betting standpoint and I am quite keen on the chance of THE FIRM in the 10 furlong handicap at 6.40. What this Irish raider needs is plenty of cover and he should certainly get that in this bigger field and I fancy a last furlong flourish should do the job off what looks a very fair rating.
Later on, SEAL ROCK can bounce back to winning form in the finale at 9.10. This formerly smart sprinter got up in the final strides to win at Carlisle two outings back, but then saw too much daylight and/or didn’t act at Chepstow last time out. He is surely worth another chance off only a 4lbs higher mark.
THE FIRM - BET NOW
SEAL ROCK - BET NOW
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