Racing tipster James Boyle has picked out three selections for Wednesday’s action.
1:50 Sandown – Michaels Choice – 1pt win @ 16/1
MICHAELS CHOICE has struggled so far in his 3-year-old campaign but the handicapper is relenting, with his mark now 11lbs below what it was at the start of the season, and this race looks open enough to suggest that he could be capable of getting involved in the finish.
There was some promise in the way he moved for a long time over 6f at Brighton most recently, tanking into the lead early on in first time blinkers before predictably weakening in the closing stages when his keen-going ways caught up with him.
Returning to the minimum trip will help, whilst this also represents a drop in grade for the William Jarvis runner. I think he’s definitely overpriced anyway and with a bit of luck, particularly from the stalls (can be slow out), hopefully he’ll show why on the track from an ever increasingly dangerous mark.
3:15 Yarmouth – Saaheq – 1pt win @ 13/2
Albeit in what is a wide-open affair, SAAHEQ could be the answer now that he has refound his form in recent starts, finishing second to Orvar at Doncaster before a somewhat unlucky run at Sandown last time where he was blocked in his run whilst moving along well.
Whether he would have won is hard to know but he was finishing on the front foot into fourth place and ended up little more than a length behind the winner. It did at least prove that he’s near his best again, and returning to a flatter track could see him in an even better light.
3:45 Yarmouth – Khuzaam – 1pt win @ 4/1
KHUZAAM would appear to be the second string of the Maktoum representatives based on the betting and indeed jockey bookings, with Jim Crowley on board Montatham, but I’m not sure that’s the way it should be viewed assuming the 3-year-old is back in form following wind surgery.
He looked like a serious prospect when defeating Deal A Dollar in a Kempton novice that has thrown up numerous winners and highly rated performers but proceeded to bomb out altogether when next seen on the turf in May, hence the price on offer for this handicap debut.
Clearly something was amiss there given the subsequent wind-op and layoff, so he’s worth another chance with this rating of 89 well within range on what was shown at Kempton. Risks are attached and there’s no doubt about that, but strike out the last run and he’d be about 6/4 to win this.
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