Racing tipster James Boyle has picked out a couple of selections for Tuesday’s action.
It’s hard to take small field handicap form too literally at times but FIRST DANCE arrives on the back of a C&D second when chasing home the potentially useful Monica Sheriff, and it may not take a massive leap on that form to get competitive off near bottom weight in this 0-75.
Tom Tate’s mare hasn’t won since springing a 25/1 shock at Pontefract last August but was posting solid RPR’s over trips around 1m 2f this term. Stepping up to the mile-and-a-half seemed to suit last time and she’s still unexposed enough over the distance to think she might have more to offer.
Graham Lee keeping the ride is a positive too as I reckon his quiet style helps her and the opposition wouldn’t exactly strike fear in anyone. It’s still possible there might be one or two with a stronger want for this trip but at 12/1 it’s worth finding out whether she’s good enough. It’s a few points too big.
GHAYADH opened around the 12/1 mark in the early markets, which was somewhat of a fantasy price that disappeared very quickly, but I’m still happy to suggest that the now George Boughey trained 4-year-old is a worthy bet at nearly half those odds following a promising stable debut at Windsor.
Under the ever-quiet Jamie Spencer, this formerly 88-rated gelding was slow to stride before creeping his way into a threatening looking position in the straight. However, he was switched back inside and never got much closer despite appearing to have plenty left in the tank.
Why things panned out the way they did, I’m not quite sure, but it was definitely promising and being ridden like that around a sharp track in a race where they didn’t go much pace wasn’t going to see him to best effect. He could be primed to do better now and PJ McDonald is a top booking around here.
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