Our resident tipster is putting up three horses to back this afternoon.
Peter Bowen has his string in good form, landing a double at Market Rasen on Saturday, and his CHANTARA ROSE can keep the good run going this afternoon.
The six-year-old mare showed a decent level of form in four runs for Anthony Honeyball last season, finishing runner-up twice, and has run well on both her last two starts for her current stable, most recently finishing second in a novices’ hurdle for mares here in April. Granted her form figures look a little frustrating, but she’s had another summer to strengthen up and the trainer has gone on record as saying he thinks she can win a handicap off her current mark. With Sean Bowen taking a handy 3lb off her back, that could well happen today.
Brendan Powell is making the long journey up from his Berkshire stable to Hamilton with one horse and the hint should be we taken. His DARK EMERALD looks head and shoulders above his seven rivals in the 6f conditions stakes on the card and the five-year-old gain some reward for a string of consistent efforts in better company.
Having chased home the very smart Kodi Bear at Salisbury in August, he again had to settle for the silver medal behind Richard Pankhurst at Haydock, going down by a short head, and he was beaten less than a length in a Newbury Listed contest last time. Those efforts make him the clear form choice and his rating of 108 puts him 9lb clear of the second-highest rated runner, Ballymore Castle. He has been showing plenty of speed in his races, so the drop back to 6f is unlikely to inconvenience him and he did win over this trip at Meydan in February. He looks a banker bet.
At bigger odds I like the look of Robert Cowell’s CHANDRESH in the opening nursery at Bath. The daughter of Holy Roman Emperor is making her handicap debut here having had the requisite three runs and doesn’t look overburdened on a mark of 65. Having shown promise on her debut at Nottingham at the end of July and again when not beaten far in a three-runner affair at Lingfield, she didn’t really improve for the step to 6f last time and is probably best over the minimum for now.
From the same family as Airwave and the same stable’s Jwala, who were top-class, it’ll be a surprise if she can’t make her mark in this lowly handicap for a trainer who excels with sprinters and boasts a 28% strike rate (7-25) at this track for a £1 level-stakes profit of £12.73. His booking of champion jockey-elect Silvestre De Sousa is another positive and the Brazilian’s presence in the saddle helps to compensate for a less than ideal draw in stall nine (of 14).
Bath 2.10, Chandresh @ 6/1 Betfred
Newton Abbot, 3.00, Chantara Rose @ 7/2 BetVictor
Hamilton 3.50, Dark Emerald @ best morning-line price