Our betting tips focus on an overpriced C&D winner in the 1m7f handicap chase on Wednesday’s Wetherby card. Read on for our full race preview.
IN SUMMARY: There aren’t many appealing options in what is an uncompetitive race for the grade but, at the odds on offer, it’s worth chancing INDIAN VOYAGE. Maurice Barnes’ 8yo was very disappointing when returning from a break last month but is a useful tool in this sort of company when on song and ran a couple of very good races (the first a win) over this C&D towards the end of last year. Helium may prefer to race clockwise but is on a workable mark and reverts to chasing after a decent effort on the Flat. Monbeg River doesn’t look particularly well handicapped but did well last season and there is hope he can make further progress during this campaign.
1 Ulis De Vassy – Back to something like his best form when scoring by 14l for Dan Skelton at Market Rasen (2m1f, good) in July but was comfortably held when third under a penalty at Uttoxeter soon afterwards and starts off for Laura Mongan on a very tough mark.
2 Monbeg River – Returned from break with two wins last autumn, at Perth (2m, good to soft) and Ayr (2m, good), and subsequently finished second three consecutive times; further progress possible but he’s been off since falling in April and may need to begin new campaign with a career-best performance.
3 Helium – Completed a hat-trick at around 2m last autumn and reverts to chasing after a good run in defeat on the Flat just eight days ago; might be better suited by right-handed tracks but is on a realistic mark and could have a say.
4 Indian Voyage – Gained the second of two slow-ground wins last November over C&D and is currently only 1lb above that mark; today’s quicker conditions possibly not ideal and he returned from a break with a very disappointing effort last month, but he could still be worth chancing.
5 Boss Des Mottes – Opened account over fences at the second attempt, with 9l success at Worcester (2m, good to soft) in July; sold out of Dan Skelton’s stable after a tame effort over hurdles later that month and, although he remains unexposed as a chaser, he comes with risks attached on debut for new trainer.
6 Owen Na View – Quirky customer who, after idling in the closing stages, scrambled home at Worcester (2m, good) in August; can probably cope with today’s 3lb higher mark but he’s never an easy one to predict and finished last of five on his latest appearance; sports first-time blinkers.
7 Trust Thomas – Earns good marks for consistency and has won three times this year but only just held on in an uncompetitive event at Hexham (2m, good) in May and his subsequent run, though respectable, strengthened the suspicion that he’s too high in the weights now.
8 Domtaline – Ended a fairly lengthy losing run at Stratford (2m1f, good) last month but it’s difficult to be wildly excited by that form or his overall profile; in his defence, he ran about as well as could have been expected when out of the weights in a good-quality contest last time.
9 Attimo – Did well after returning for new stable in the spring, winning twice on softish ground (2m3f/2m4f); however, has been absent since taking a heavy fall 165 days ago and may find this an inadequate stamina test; probably one for another day.
10 Ciceron – Useful in his prime and eventually took advantage of some significant help by the handicapper, with 8l success at Market Rasen (2m1f, good) in July; seems to have gone off the boil again since then and it takes a big leap of faith to support him; swaps cheekpieces for a visor.
myracing Forecast Prices: 4/1 Monbeg River, 5/1 Owen Na View, 6/1 Helium, 7/1 Trust Thomas, Domtaline, Attimo, 8/1 Boss Des Mottes, 10/1 Ulis De Vassy, 14/1 Indian Voyage, 25/1 Ciceron