Our racing expert marks your card for the Bank Holiday action, with a couple of Leicester runners catching the eye.
The in-form Archie Watson is dropping FULL SUIT into selling company for the first time and the lightly-raced filly should make short of her seven rivals. She has clearly had her problems since making her debut for Dermot Weld in a Leopardstown maiden (seventh of 18) and had been off for 18 months prior to making her stable debut at Chelmsford in April, when running green and finishing second.
Her two efforts since were not so good but 2m was clearly too far last time and this shorter trip against mostly inferior rivals should do the trick. Watson’s only previous runner in a seller obliged as favourite and her rider Oisin Murphy has a 26% (17-66) strike rate on the stable runners.
Strongarm Chaser, who put in his best performance to date when switched to handicap company at Brighton last time, and Hughie Morrison’s Racehorse look the main threats.
Murphy has some fancied rides later on the card and the Clive Cox-trained PRINCE AHWAHNEE in particular looks to have a solid chance in the 6f handicap. A half-brother to the same stable’s Gilt Edge Girl, who got better with racing and had her finest hour in the 2010 Prix de l’Abbaye, he failed to win in five starts at two, albeit he showed plenty of promise and had this year’s Greenham winner James Garfield behind when finishing runner-up in a maiden run over this track and trip on his racecourse debut.
Looking to have done well for her winter break when reappearing at Lingfield earlier this month, he showed a good turn of foot to come from last to first in the space of a furlong to win handsomely. Granted, he had just two rivals to beat but the third, Al Barg, who was three and a half lengths adrift, has won a competitive Doncaster handicap since and is now rated 86. The selection therefore doesn’t look badly treated by any means on a mark of 87 and, given he’s from a family who tend to improve with age, there is surely plenty more to come.
The progressive Elnadim Star, who made it three wins on the bounce when scoring narrowly at Wetherby last time, could give the selection most to do, although a further 10lb hike seems harsh.
All odds were correct at time of posting.