Our racing expert is hoping to get the week off to a profitable start with a trio of runners fancied.
Robert Cowell has had huge success with sprinters since he started training and his SABREWING is the latest to benefit from his methods.
She defied her obvious inexperience when making a winning debut at Catterick in May and this smartly bred filly – she’s a sister to Norfolk Stakes winner Baitha Alga – is clearly smart on that evidence and especially when you consider the stable is not known for first-time-out winners. Her rider Jack Garritty said afterwards: “She took a while to pick up but once she clicked she felt good. She’ll improve on that.”
In that case she looks one to follow and having been handed what looks a very fair initial mark of 81, she should go close in this afternoon’s 6f fillies’ handicap at Pontefract (due off 3.40pm), with the stiff uphill finish here very much in her favour. Oisin Murphy takes over in the saddle and she can provide the rider with the first leg of a double.
He also gets the leg up on William Haggas’ GET UP AND DANCE in the 6f classified stakes (4.40pm), having steered the daughter of Mafki to an impressive five-length success over course and distance last time. Given that was just her second start after a promising second in a Doncaster maiden on her debut, there ought to be further improvement to come and her in-form trainer looks to have found her a good opportunity to go in again.
The 1m4f handicap on the card (4.10pm) looks a trappy affair with several holding claims, but it could be worth taking a chance on Ismail Mohammed’s ZUBEIDA with Silvestre De Sousa booked. The Brazilian has a 25% strike rate on the stable runners and his mount here looks to have as good a chance as any.
After showing a glimmer of promise on her first three starts over shorter to qualify for a mark, she ran a career-best fourth when stepped up this trip in a decent Newbury handicap last time, despite not appearing to enjoy the fast ground. That won’t be an issue here given the recent rain and the daughter of Derby winner Authorized ought to be up to landing this modest handicap against fellow three-year-olds off her current mark.