3.10pm Wetherby Tips & Betting Preview 06/06/2017

A field of eleven go to post for the third race of the day at Wetherby on Tuesday, see our betting tips and the full race preview below.

IN SUMMARY: Treagus was well backed on handicap debut and finished an improved third which brings him into the picture, but this should go to John Ryan’s OCEAN TEMPTRESS. She has been ticking over well of late but still sliding down the handicap, with her latest fifth at Kempton better than the bare result would suggest. A similar effort off a pound lower would see her right in the frame with the switch back to turf a likely help under Josie Gordon. Her main danger looks to be Snookered, who was a good third last week and if building on it he’s a likely main player.

1 CASACLARE – Showed some modest promise in his maidens for Jonjo O’Neill, though he was ultimately well beaten on every run, with his third at Windsor not anything special as he was beaten by eight lengths. He has however been gelded since that two year old campaign and he goes up in trip from six furlongs which judging on pedigree should suit him hugely under Graham Lee on handicap debut. Market is the best guide but a mark of 60 may not be harsh and he’s one to consider.

2 SNOOKERED – Inconsistent sort for Richard Fahey who has won once from nine runs, with that win coming at Leicester back in October in a nursery handicap after making all. He has been well held since then but did get somewhere near his best when finishing third at Wolverhampton seven days ago, keeping on well but never quite able to threaten as his run came too late. He remains on the same mark and is a likely player once again if maintaining that form in a modest looking race, so he has to be respected.

3 PENNINGTON – Showed some promise in maidens for Mark Johnston but he has been soundly beaten on all three of his handicap runs thus far, only able to beat one rival in all three of those races. He’s now fallen twelve pounds in the handicap after just three runs and the blinkers go on first time, but he still remains incredibly risky and despite the yard being in such good form, it’s hard to trust he’ll put his best foot forward. One to watch very carefully in the market.

4 ENGLAND EXPECTS – Another to show minor promise in maidens, with her best run coming on her second start back in April at Pontefract, finishing sixth after being keen early before keeping on towards the finish. On that basis the addition of the hood should help on handicap debut, though a mark of 60 isn’t particularly generous and improvement is definitely needed if she’s to be threatening. That however is expected as she goes up in trip under 5lb claimer Clifford Lee and she looks a likely candidate for Karl Burke.

5 BROTHER MCGONAGALL – Three year old for Tim Easterby who hasn’t been beaten far in two of his last three handicap runs for the trainer, finishing third at Ripon when last seen two weeks ago despite losing his place two furlongs out. He rallied well to keep on strongly inside the final furlong and on that basis the step up in trip to the mile could certainly suit, as there is some stamina in his pedigree to suggest he can just about get the mile under a perhaps patient ride. Each way claims but it’s doubtful he will want a strong pace.

6 TREAGUS – Showed very little in maidens for Charlie Fellows but he was well backed on handicap debut and he produced a much better display when third at Southwell last month, keeping on well under pressure despite being headed to finish a clear third. He has been dropped a pound regardless and goes up a furlong in distance which should suit massively, so he’s not one to write off just yet with Stevie Donohoe taking the ride. Likely player and market support once again would be hugely interesting.

7 OCEAN TEMPTRESS – Still a maiden after nine attempts for John Ryan but she has been ticking over nicely of late and she has been dropped a further pound despite finishing a good fifth at Kempton when last seen. She retains the assistance of Josie Gordon and the switch back to turf looks likely to be a plus as her best efforts have come on grass, so if she builds on that latest run she’s likely to take some stopping.

NR DREAMOFDISCOVERY – Showed something to work with on his first maiden but he has been soundly beaten on both his handicap runs thus far despite finishing third on both, fourteen lengths behind on his latest start at Redcar after simply passing beaten rivals towards the final furlong. Going back down to the mile should suit but more is needed and others certainly have more potential, with it hard to gleam many positives from those handicap runs.

9 PINDARIC – Has shown some ability at points for Alan Lockwood but both his runs this season have been less than inspiring, well beaten on his latest start at Beverley when upped in trip to the 1m 2f trip. Hard to see drop to a mile having much of a positive effect for him and others are readily preferred.

10 NAUPAKA– Three year old who has been well beaten at a variety of trips in recent starts, ranging from the mile all the way through to 14 furlongs for Brian Ellison. New headgear goes on in a desperate attempt to get some improvement out of her and although that may well be the case, it’s hard to get excited about her chances and the percentage call would be to avoid based on what she has shown thus far.

11 HE’S A TOFF – Seven race maiden who showed promise on his reappearance when third at Beverley after a troubled passage, keeping on stoutly towards the finish. He couldn’t however build on that when well beaten at the same venue when last seen and although the drop back to the mile should suit, he looks vulnerable despite being dropped 3lb in the handicap. Possible place contender if back to his best but he’s likely to find at least a few too good.

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