Our racing expert marks your card for Tuesday's racing.
All four of today’s bets are in action at Bath, with the nap being a course regular and boasting a 2-5 record.
Charlie Hills’ FREE TO LOVE won a classified stakes on her first visit here in June 2015 and her form figures in four starts since read 2122. The latest of those came just six days ago when going down by less than a length in a handicap over slightly shorter, and she is being turned out again quickly in the 51/2f handicap for fillies and mares (3.05pm). Off the same mark and in what looks a less competitive race, a third course win is very much on the cards.
The Robert Cowell-trained SOUTHERN BELLE is making her seasonal reappearance in the 51/2f handicap for three-year-olds (3.40pm), unlike her six rivals who have all seen racecourse action in 2016, but the lack of a run may not stop her. An impressive winner of a Sandown maiden last September before being tried in Group 3 company, she always looked the type to make into a nice three-year-old and her opening mark seems pretty fair. Furthermore her trainer can boast a 26% (8-31) strike rate here, with all his runners yielding a tidy £11.73 profit to £1 level-stakes.
The 5f handicap (3.40pm) looks wide and I fancy it can to one of the outsiders in the shape of the Ed Giles-trained GO NANI GO. He’s a big price as he hasn’t been seen out since getting turned over at odds-on in a four-runner seller at Chelmsford last October, but that tactical affair didn’t suit him and the handicapper has relented has shown some leniency since, dropping him 9lb. That leaves him on a mark of 75, which is 6lb lower than his last winning one, and it could be worth taking a chance on his fitness with his stable in form and having an eye-catching 33% (8-24) strike rate at the track, with all runners yielding a £1 level-stakes profit of £12.88.
There was plenty of money around for RACING KNIGHT when he made his debut for trainer David Evans at Lingfield in June, so it was disappointing to see him finish a well beaten fifth of the six runners. However, he would have found the 1m2f trip plenty short enough given his best effort came over Pontefract’s stiff 1m4f, and he’s worth another chance when he runs in the closing 1m5f handicap (4.45pm), with the faster terrain also in his favour. His stable had a 12/1 winner at Lingfield yesterday.