Owen’s Outsiders! 33/1 and 20/1 Selections (22nd July)

Yarmouth Racecourse

There’s plenty of racing to look forward to on Wednesday, with Yarmouth, Ballinrobe and Bath holding cards throughout the afternoon before Catterick and Naas join the action in the evening hours.

We’ll have horse racing tips for every meeting on site. If you’re looking for some bigger priced fancies, then stick around, as I’m hoping to add recent success, where 40/1 (Big Les) and 33/1 (Harold Shand) winners have headlined the series!

4.20 Yarmouth – Abwaaq (20/1)

Having been seen just three times, there should be plenty more to come from the three-year-old Abwaaq. He showed plenty of ability in a pair of novice races at Wolverhampton last October when trained by Simon Crisford, having his first run for Chris Wall on seasonal return when down the field in a handicap at Newmarket last month.

He now joins his third yard, as the in-form Tom Clover looks to bring out the best of this son of More Than Ready. He will have needed his opening handicap run last month and he should be a different proposition today with race-fitness under his belt. Softer ground probably wasn’t ideal on handicap debut either and there is plenty of optimism he can do far better today on a sounder surface.

6.45 Naas – French Secret (33/1)

Although showing little in two starts as a juvenile, French Secret showed a bit more on her seasonal reappearance when midfield in a Navan maiden. She travelled well for a reasonable way and although she found little late on, that can be explained by a lack of race-fitness.

She should find things much easier now she goes handicapping off a basement mark, with an opening rating of 55 giving her plenty of room to manoeuvre. There’s no doubt she needs to improve, but stepping up to six furlongs should help matters. After only three starts, there is certainly the potential for a big run from this daughter of French Navy.

7.00 Catterick – Lady Monica (33/1)

She’s not the most consistent, but Lady Monica has some useful form on the table in the context of this race. Yet to win in handicaps, she wasn’t beaten far off seven pounds higher at Salisbury last August, clearly in need of the run when weakening quickly after a 312-day absence at Haydock earlier this month.

She drops in grade for today’s assignment, which will help matters, and a return to a better surface is a positive on paper. Although she’s won on soft ground, the majority of her better efforts have come on a sounder surface. After just nine starts overall, there can be hope that she has more to offer with further racing.

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