Today’s horse racing preview comes from three meetings; Ayr, Yarmouth and Kempton. Very frustrating yesterday with once more two seconds on the board. On a serious note though the news about Manchester has disturbed me terribly especially as I work in the security sector.
My sincere condolences go to the families that lost love ones at the event and to those that are under great care at the local hospitals.
14.20 Ayr – EBF Stallions Appletisers Novice Stakes (6f)
I would like to think this is a very good opportunity for Mark Johnston’s Noble Manners to get off the mark at the third attempt. Her maiden run at Newmarket is starting to come together, fifth place Queen of Kalahari lost her maiden tag yesterday and even her first Novice contest has worked out well with the fourth Luis Fernandez winning at Redcar on Monday, she gets a first crack at 6f and will have stable jockey Joe Fanning in the plate.
Is she opposable? On what she had shown this should be a penalty kick, John Quinn’s entry is the most interesting one in the race. Bustam cost 130,000 as a juvenile and is bred to get further than this being related to a 9f winner, she looks the likely danger to the selection this afternoon.
Noble Manners : 2pt win @ 13/8
15.00 Yarmouth – Fat Larry’s Burgers At Great Yarmouth Racecourse Handicap (0-60) (14.1f)
It took Michael Appleby’s Dream Serenade thirteen attempts to get off the maiden tag when winning on the all-weather at Wolverhampton back in February when winning over two miles in this company.
She has become frustrating again since, however she has been competing in higher grades and has dropped back to a winning mark. The trip is a slight concern as she looked better over 16f, but the eye-catching booking of de Sousa speaks volumes.
Ali Strong is a trainer I do fear when bringing one to the flat and saddles Thomas Blossom. Winner of a 0-110 hurdle, also has fair flat form especially on the all-weather. Was a runner up at Bath last year when off a 2lb lower mark, handicapper has not taken any chances, they have once more applied the cheekpiece’s.
Dream Serenade : 1.5pt win @ 4/1 (BOG)
16.20 Ayr – ROA/Racing Post Owners Jackpot Handicap (0-85)
There are a few in with a chance here, Nicholas T, Dark Devil, Inexes, but I am more interested in Ralph Beckett’s Gilded Reflection.
She was a beaten fav on her last run for David Wachman when behind a now Listed winner, the third has also franked the form a few days ago.
She did not run that badly when sixth on debut for her new connections, the second has won since and the fifth place was just denied recently. She will be contending handicaps for the first time, looked as though 8f would suit on quick ground.
Nicholas T bested Inexes at Doncaster by three and a quarter lengths when in receipt of 5lb. Inexes has a serious weight advantage here and if taking full advantage should reverse that form. Ran creditable when just denied in a 0-95 over course and distance early this month and should be on the premises.
Hanagan and Fahey team up with Dark Devil who won a 0-85 contest on his final start last season. By Dark Angel who probably would have preferred a little cut, however claims with trainer and jockey combo.
Gilded Reflection : 2pt win @ 4/1 (BOG)
17.00 Yarmouth – BBC Radio Norfolk Handicap (0-60)
Michael Appleby has the chance of at least landing a double this afternoon with prior runner Dream Serenade and the selection here in Moi Aussie.
Won over course and distance last week which I thought with plenty in hand. It was a long time coming with his last win coming on the all-weather at Wolverhampton in the same company. De Sousa booked a big plus.
Again, Ali Strong has one in the race in The Special One, fourth at Brighton last time out in a much weaker contest, will have to improve, but has the capable Tom Marguand in the saddle.
Moi Aussie : 3pt win @ 2/1 (BOG)
18.10 Kempton – 100% Profit Boost At 32Redsport.com Apprentice Handicap (0-70)
This really should be going to Richard Rowe’s Rail Dancer who is looking to grab his third consecutive win over course and distance. Had defied two penalties and still looks very progressive.
Any dangers, Ed Vaughans Transmitting I suppose, ran well last time out at Chelmsford, the ex Stoute in mate could be the most worrying.
Rail Dancer : 4pt win @ 85/40 (BOG)
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