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A big field staying Class 4 handicap for a prize of £7,561. Read on for expert analysis and betting tips.
IN SUMMARY: WAITING FOR RICHIE has been in great nick lately and looks set to run another big race here after a near miss last time out when in search of a quick double. This is quite an open race however and plenty are in with chances not least the unexposed Mobbhij who looked unlucky last time.
1 ZAIDIYN – A smart hurdler who reached a rating of 140 in that sphere and has run a couple of times on the flat as of late. Was well down the field on his reappearance on the flat at Ascot but ran an excellent race when behind a rapidly progressive rival last time and should go well again off the same mark.
2 SAMTU – A decent performer on the all weather who has failed to fire of late. A couple of duck eggs does nothing to inspire confidence in his ability to go close here but is well handicapped on old form and a revival would see him competitive.
3 AIRTON – Won at this track earlier in the season and was within a quarter of a length of scoring again a few starts ago. Has turned in a couple of poor efforts lately but clearly has the potential to run a big race off this mark so shouldn’t be ignored.
4 MOBBHIJ – Was sent off a hot favourite for his debut and duly obliged in good style. Hasn’t added another win to his tally yet but wasn’t beaten far on his second start and looked unlucky when badly hampered on last racecourse appearance, still has plenty of potential and should be considered.
5 TONTO’S SPIRIT – Has enjoyed a fruitful season with four successes to his name so far and has showed no signs of stopping lately. His last two wins have been by fourteen lengths and six lengths so another rise in the handicap doesn’t seem insurmountable and he is shortlisted.
6 WAITING FOR RICHIE – Won two starts ago and followed up with another excellent effort in defeat last time out. Clearly comes to the race in good form and another big performance is probably expected off a one pound higher mark on a course he has won at before.
7 BELLE DE LAWERS – Had a brief spell in America before reappearing on a racecourse after over two years off back where she started in the UK. Has yet to hit top form here but has dropped twelve pounds in the handicap since April as a result so may lurk on a dangerous mark here.
8 STORMIN TOM – Won by a narrow margin at Ripon in August but has yet to follow up despite running some good races in defeat. Races off a two pound higher mark today than when winning last so isn’t impossibly handicapped and should run his race.
9 SAVED BY THE BELL – Looked badly out of form when beaten a long way at Pontefract in September but has looked right back to form in his last few starts. It has been a long time since he last got his nose in front which is a concern but he rarely runs a shocker.
10 MONTANNA – Has only made two appearances on the all weather and won on one of those occasions at this very track. A rating of 75 doesn’t seem overly generous considering he has been beaten three times in a row but may have an each way chance.
11 WORDINESS – Won by a neck back in August at Pontefract but has disappointed in three starts since then. Races off the same mark today as when last winning however and a three pound claimer takes off further weight so can enter calculations for an in-form stables.
12 LADY CLITICO – Ended a long losing streak when bolting up off a mark of 61 two starts ago and looked one that might be worth following that day. Could only manage fourth off a six pound higher mark on her last start but further improvement couldn’t be confidently ruled out.
13 INNOKO – A remarkable horse who has placed in thirty of his sixty-five racecourse appearances. He is thoroughly exposed but this handicap mark isn’t impossible to win off and he always seems to run his race and get involved so has an each-way chance.
14 TEAK – One of the few in this field that comes into the race with poor recent form. It’s been a long time since he managed to get his nose in front all the way back in 2014 and it’s difficult to build a case for him to be winning in what looks a competitive event for the grade.