It's a busy day's racing and our resident tipster has unearthed three horses worth backing, including a 10/1 shot at the Chester May Festival.
The Chester May Festival concludes this afternoon with a seven-race card on the Roodeye.
It’s been tricky week for punters so far and it doesn’t any easier with the handicaps in particular looking nigh on impossible to solve. The feature Ormonde Stakes (3.10pm) looks more punter-friendly and I’m keen to take on the forecast favourite Tac De Boistron, who missed an engagement at Newmarket last week on account of the fast ground. That won’t be a problem here as recent rain as turned the ground “good to soft”, but he’ll surely need his first run back and won’t find things easy with a 7lb Group 1 penalty to content with. Drawn widest of all in stall eight, he makes no appeal at the 9/4 on offer.
The obvious alternative is Richard Hannon’s Windshear as he’s the next highest-rated and doesn’t have his fitness to prove after a couple of runs this season, including when winning at Doncaster on his reappearance. However, I’m going to take a punt on John Gosden’s filly DEUCE AGAIN improving past him and making the most of her sex allowance. Lightly-raced after just six starts, she is on a steep upward curve form-wise and was winning her third start in the Further Flight Stakes at Nottingham last time at 16/1. She travelled beautifully through that race (and when scoring at Chelmsford previously) and, given she’s a light-headed filly, she will be suited to this track and getting weight from the boys. From her low draw in stall two and with her liking for soft ground proven, she could well outrun her double-figure price.
Lingfield race on turf this afternoon and the best bet at the Surrey venue runs in the opening maiden (1.30pm), with Michael Bell’s BAREFOOT DANCER fancied to improve on his racecourse debut second at Haydock. Well backed into favouritism beforehand, his backers were perhaps unlucky not to collect as he completely missed the break and again showed signs of greeness when hanging in behind the more experienced and eventual winner The Lampo Genie, going down by three quarters of a length. He should know more about what’s required following that run and this Derby entry and half-brother to smart middle-distance performers Big Thunder and Charlotte’s Day, can break his duck here under Jamie Spencer.
There’s evening action from Ascot, Ripon and Nottingham and the latter track provides the final selection in Roger Charlton’s MASTER ZEPHYR, who contests the closing 1m2f handicap (8.25pm). A winner in his final juvenile start of last term at Wolverhampton, he showed he had trained on when finishing a three-quarter length runner-up at Bath on his reappearance, 11 lengths clear of the third. He should have won that race too as he was held up well off the pace set by the enterprisingly ridden winner Triple Dip and did well to finish as close as he did. At least that effort proved he stays this far and with George Baker taking over in the saddle, he must take all the beating off what looks a very workable mark of 68.