It was a fantastic day for the series yesterday, as Check My Pulse went down narrowly at 66/1 before Big Les provided compensation in the form of a 40/1 winner!
With meetings at Pontefract, Roscommon, Newton Abbot, Killarney and Leicester on a bumper Tuesday of action, there are plenty more chances to find some big-priced winners to boost the coffers. I’ve delved in, and finger’s crossed, further success can be found!
12.45 Pontefract – Banksea (25/1)
He’s not the most consistent at this stage of his career, but Banksea had plenty of good form last year to suggest he wasn’t done quite yet despite his advancing years. He was placed at a higher level last September off an eleven-pound higher mark and although efforts since have been disappointing, it’s far too soon to give up on him.
He would have needed his return at Pontefract last month and he drops into Class 5 company for the very first time today. Faye McManoman takes off a very handy five pounds and at this lowly level, he looks sure to at least make his presence felt.
1.30 Roscommon – Sapphire Pearl (50/1)
Showing minor ability in three opening runs, there is surely more to come from Sapphire Pearl. A daughter of Ivawood, she has a useful pedigree that suggests she can do far better than what she has shown thus far.
She makes her handicap debut in a contest that lacks plenty of depth beyond the favourite, carrying just 8st 7lbs. She wouldn’t need to improve much to be making an impact in such a modest race and the change to slightly better going could well be the catalyst.
3.20 Newton Abbot – Shareef Star (33/1)
This race is going to revolve around Ashutor, who has plenty of useful form to his name and he does ultimately set the standard. That being said, he’s just 1/10 overall and was beaten at skinny odds at Southwell six days ago, where he looked to have been found a good opportunity.
The interesting one in the race is Shareef Star, who cost 700,000gns as a yearling and showed plenty on the flat, being rated 87 at his peak. He was sold for £35,000 to these connections and shaped better than the bare result on hurdling debut at Warwick earlier in the year. He only weakened in the closing stages after travelling well, learning plenty from the experience.
Stepping up in distance is another positive, as is a return to better ground. A much better effort can be expected today as a result.