Our racing expert marks your card for Monday's action, with a couple of in-form three-year-olds catching the eye.
The feature 5f handicap is mainly being contested by older sprinters, most of whom are out of form. The exception being Andrew Balding’s Dark Shot who rarely runs a bad race and is a winner over track and trip.
However, I’m more interested in the solo three-year-old runner in the race, the Eve Johnson Houghton-trained SUPER JULIUS, who has really taken off since being fitted with cheek-pieces and is chasing a hat-trick after victories at Wolverhampton and Brighton.
A fair sort last season when he managed to win a small race at Chester, he is 2-2 since being fitted with the headgear and may well have got off lightly with just a 3lb rise for the latest of those. This is a step up in grade, admittedly, but he’s clearly still improving and that can’t be said of his more exposed rivals.
Richard Hughes has a good record at the track with eight winners since he took out a licence for a small level-stakes profit and ANGEL’S QUEST could give him another when she runs in the fillies’ handicap over an extended mile.
A 65,000euros sister to a couple of winners in France and a promising third on her debut last October, she has been gradually finding her feet this term and signalled her turn was near when a neck second on her handicap debut at Newmarket in June.
That effort showed she can act on a good to firm surface, which is forecast, and while she wasn’t able to fend off the in-form winner after trying to dominate, the big gap back to the third gives the form a solid look.
Running off what looks an exploitable mark this evening and with further improvement likely after just four starts, she is taken to see off main market rival Blushing Rose, who is becoming expensive to follow.