There is just the one national hunt card on Wednesday at Wincanton with three meetings on the all-weather, Lingfield Park and Southwell in the afternoon and Kempton Park in the evening. Paul Jacobs gives his betting views on the action.
2.15 – Wincanton – This is a pretty decent mares event over two and three quarter miles and there should be plenty of pace on as well with the likes of the game Spirit Oscar and Our Cat in the line-up. The former is going to be an interesting sort over fences in time, but won’t be passed easily here.
The two I do like to maybe improve past her are Koolala and MAKADAMIA. The former was positioned well out of her ground until knuckling down under strong pressure to be a never nearer second behind Pass The Time at Doncaster over a bare two miles. This extra distance should suit her nicely and she is a huge danger to the selection.
David Pipe has his team in rude health at the moment and this lightly raced daughter of Kahyasi wasn’t given too hard a time when coming home nicely behind Ginger Fizz on her timber topping debut at Chepstow. Getting plenty of weight from her two main rivals and with the promise of more improvement to come over this distance I expect a massive run and she merits a strong each-way interest.
BET NOW – MAKADAMIA (e/w)
3.15 – Wincanton – Another really intriguing contest and if the betting is positive behind VELATOR he could be worth chancing off what could turn out to be a pretty good mark.
The seven-year-old hasn’t raced since October when he travelled smoothly through a contest over C&D before clouting the third last and going lame. Thereafter his stable were in rotten form around the turn of the year, but are back kicking in the winners and dropped 2lbs for that run, I expect a big run granted a clear round on what is after all only his sixth start over fences. With the blinkers on for the first time the David Pipe trained Vif Argent left behind his form from 2013 with an authoritative performance at over course and distance. Hiked up 8lbs by the handicapper he is yet to show that he is as effective on this quicker surface and a bigger danger could well be Al Alfa.
The Phillip Hobbs’ trained runner is stepping back up in trip here which is interesting especially on this better ground as before his early fall at Kempton Park last time out the seven-year-old still looked on the upgrade.
BET NOW – VELATOR
The selection most probably needed his run over course and distance last time out when getting to within a length of Alpha Tauri and with that sharpener behind him he should be ready to go here and step up off a winnable mark.
BET NOW – KEEP IT DARK
7.25 – Kempton – CATARIA GIRL seems to take a long time to warm up in her races, but once she hits full stride there is little doubt that this daughter of Discreet Cat is wholly game and she is taken to complete the hat-trick this evening before being raised in class.
A 10 furlong win at Lingfield off a mark of 54 was followed by a last gasp victory here off 57 so with that race being an apprentice event she gets a chance to run off the same rating but in reality is 2lbs lower with Jordan Vaughan taking seven pound s off.
Maison Brillet is the one I fear most with Clive Drew’s charge nicely in off 59 having won off a pound higher mark here last year. I thought he was a shade disappointing last time out behind Thane of Cawdor and now is now a pound lower.
Of the remainder, Elegant Ophelia should also be involved, while of the light weights Entrapping should play a role if the son of Tiger Hill settles a bit better than last time out.
BET NOW – CATARIA GIRL