Our resident tipster has his eye on a couple of runners at Beverley this evening and they include a value 16/1 shot.
Both of today’s best bets are in action at Beverley this evening.
The feature (if it can called that on what is a low-grade card) is the 7f handicap for three-year-olds (due off 7.40pm) and it’s a trappy contest too with none of the six runners easily discounted. That’s reflected in the betting of course and Kevin Ryan’s SWIFT APPROVAL is a ‘nice’ price as a result. Granted, his seasonal form figures of ‘9248’ don’t scream winner at first glance but, as tends to be the case, they don’t tell the full story.
His reappearance ninth at quirky Epsom (where he reportedly hung right) is easy to exuse and he quickly put that effort behind him when finishing second over this trip on his next start, only finding Outback Ruler too good. That’s a race he perhaps should have won as he was denied a clear run and the winner got first run on him as a result. It also didn’t help that he did most of his racing towards the seemingly unfavoured inside rail.
He seemed to find the drop back in trip to 6f against him when a staying on fourth at Pontefract and he was taking on much better company last time out at Chester, where he was scuppered by a wide draw and a hold-up ride in any case.
So, having established he’s better than his form figures suggest, he looks well worth an interest at the current xxx in a race with no standout performer and now reunited with Jamie Spencer, who does well on the stable runners.
The second bet is far more speculative and we’re banking on AZAMAARA showing significant improvement now she tackles 2m for the first time.
Conrad Allen’s filly has been campaigned over much shorter and was last spotted finishing sixth of the 10 runners at Brighton over a mile. Indeed, we have to go back to November last year for her last piece of worthwhile form, a staying fourth on the all at Lingfield.
However, it could be that she’s been running over the wrong trip entirely and certainly her breeding – she’s by Azamour out of a Giant’s Causeway mare – provides plenty of encouragement that she will relish this stiffer stamina test.
The real eye-catcher, though, is the booking of Sylvestre De Soustre and the Brazilian, who is riding out of his skin, is likely to ride a patient race. With none of her rivals being entirely convincing, it’s not hard to see him steering her into place – ensuring a profit – and we might just hit the jackpot.