On a busy Monday we've got four selections to hopefully help you take some some money off the bookmakers.
Trainer Ben Pauling does well with his runners at Towcester and he has double prospects there this evening.
The Gloucestershire-based handler has sent 16 horses to the track since he started training in 2013 and nine (56.25%) have obliged. His COSWAY SPIRIT is responsible for a third of those wins and the eight-year-old will appreciate the return after finding Stratford too sharp when runner-up as favourite there last time. Prior to that he’d finished second again when failing by just half a length at Huntingdon and he’s clearly at the top of his game right now.
In truth, he’s a hard ride and needs plenty of stoking, while he’s also a stone higher in the weights than winning here by an eased down 16 lengths three starts back. That said, he’s the sort of horse the handicapper is always going to struggle to get a handle on and he’s several pounds better at Towcester than anywhere else. He also goes particularly well for today’s pilot David Bass, who has steered him to two of his three victories and is likely to adopt aggressive tactics.
Bass and Pauling team up with RIDE ON TIME in the opening 2m handicap hurdle on the card and the five-year-old looks to have a decent chance of breaking his duck over hurdles against some equally modest rivals. Lightly-raced after just six starts under Rules, he ran his best race when chasing home the very useful Bidourey at Sandown in February. Given an initial mark of 105, he was well backed on his handicap debut over 2m3f at Market Rasen next time, but didn’t quite get home after travelling strongly. This evening’s shorter trip should therefore help him and the handicapper has kindly dropped him a couple of pounds since his last run.
Richard Hannon’s SHIFTING POWER must take all the beating in this evening’s Listed contest at Windsor. He’s down in grade, having finished third in the Group 2 bet365 Mile on his reappearance when clearly needing the run, and is up against inferior rivals tonight. It will be disappointing if he’s beaten, although he’s priced accordingly at 11/10.
At bigger odds, Sir Michael Stoute’s VOICE CONTROL could be the answer to the closing 1m31/2f handicap. The son of Dalakhani showed some ability in three runs in maiden company last season, but he was always going to do better when switched to handicaps. Making his seasonal reappearance over 1m2f at Beverley 26 days ago, he was noted keeping on under pressure to finish third, after not getting the best of runs in the home straight, and the extra distance he has to travel this evening is just what he needs. His stable won this race with Rye House in 2012 and he’s a similar type. Ryan Moore rides.