Our racing guru is sticking to the all-weather in his quest for a winner (or two).
Bond girls are always easy on the eye and JAMES BOND GIRL certainly makes plenty of appeal when she runs in the 6f handicap at Lingfield this afternoon (due off 4.20).
Robert Cowell’s four-year-old filly relinquished her maiden certificate when scoring over 5f at Southwell on her penultimate start in first-time cheek-pieces, having shown plenty of promise when trained in France and in a couple of previous runs for the trainer. The form of that race looks strong as the second, Eleuthera, beat a subsequent winner Kyllukey on his next start, and it also suggests the selection is well treated on a mark of 67.
She can be forgiven a disappointing run on her handicap debut at Wolverhampton last time as she lost a hind shoe on her way to post, having to run without it, and was then slightly squeezed at the start before being forced to race three wide. The fact she picked up well in the closing stages was to her credit then and on that evidence she won’t mind the step up to 6f this afternoon in what looks a winnable race.
Four of the runners in the closing 5f handicap clashed at Kempton eight days ago with Diamond Charlie faring best in second. However, he enjoyed a ground-saving run against the rail on that occasion and a repeat is most unlikely as he has been drawn widest of all in stall 10. In which case, it would be no surprise if the fourth horse home, ASK THE GURU, were to reverse the form from a far more favourable berth in stall two.
Michael Attwater’s gelding is no stranger to success here, winning twice over course and distance at around this time last year with the second of those coming off a 6lb higher mark than today’s, and his latest run – his third back from a break – suggests he’s nearing peak fitness. That’s more than enough positives to make him a value each-way wager at a double-figure price for what is an open contest.