It’s a great time to be a racing fan right now, with last weekend’s action quite simply spellbinding. Both Epsom Classics gave us some incredible stories, with Love decimating the Oaks field before Emmet McNamara and Serpentine stole the Derby from the front.
That wasn’t the end of it, as the Queen of the Turf, Enable, was unable to return to winning ways as Ghaiyyath saw her off in grand style to win the Eclipse.
It’s a new week, however, and I’ve delved through the cards on Monday to hopefully quell those Monday blues!
1.25 Uttoxeter – Check My Pulse (40/1)
Rated 87 at his peak on the flat for Andrew Slattery, Check My Pulse is a very interesting recruit to hurdling for the in-form Rebecca Menzies yard. His form did tail off on the level for his previous yards, but a change of scenery should do him the world of good.
There is enough stamina in the family to suggest he’ll see out this two-mile distance with verve, with the dam’s sire being Tagula, producing the likes of Taglietelle and Princeton Plains. As previously mentioned, the yard is among the winners and there isn’t much depth beyond the front two. Those with experience don’t set a daunting standard and there is plenty of hope this four-year-old can be hunting around the placings at a huge price.
1.40 Ayr – Big Les (33/1)
A dual winner over five furlongs back in November, Big Les gained the latter success off today’s rating. He’s gained all of his turf victories over six furlongs, however, and will have needed the run over the minimum distance at Beverley last month.
He’s now back up in distance and has fallen to a workable mark on his very best form, including that Wolverhampton success over the winter. He’s won on soft in the past so the ground is perfect and with the yard among the winners, he looks sure to out-run his lofty odds.
3.15 Ayr – B Fifty Two (20/1)
Winning as a ten-year-old at around this time twelve months ago, plucky veteran B Fifty Two finally showed some form this summer when finishing fifth at Redcar on his latest outing. He was never far away from the action and did make some small late gains under a seven-pound claimer.
The experienced Jane Elliott takes over for today’s assignment and a return to truly soft going should really help a horse who stays a furlong further. He’s on an extremely dangerous mark and a late pace collapse would help him massively. This race really lacks depth and looks primed for an upset.