Our racing expert has three horses for you to back today.
He’s not going to be much of a price but EAH BAH GUM has the look of a handicap good thing when he bids to take his winning sequence to five in the 5f contest at Haydock this afternoon.
The Tim Easterby-trained three-year-old has won his last four starts by an aggregate 11 lengths – some going for a sprinter as winning margins tend to be narrow – and has gone up 29lb in the process, having started his winning spree off a mark of 56 at Redcar in May.
That would be enough to stop most horses but he’s no ordinary speedster and indeed he may well be a Group horse in the making. Still able to run in an 0-85 handicap and at a track that favours pacey sorts – he’s made all the last thrice – he’s unlikely to be caught under David Allan, who is 3-4 on him.
Tom Dascombe is operating at an 18 per cent strike rate at the track and if you’d backed all his runners here over the last five seasons, you’d have made a whopping £136.65 profit to £1 level-stakes.
Cue the next selection JONAH JONES, who represents Dascombe in the 6f novice stakes at the Lancashire track and is going to take plenty of beating judged on his recent debut effort at York. Earning the form comment ‘dwelt and in rear’, he picked really well late on once getting organised to snatch third behind the re-opposing Hesslewood and was definitely the horse to take out of that race.
He enjoys a 6lb pull with the penalised winner, which should be enough for him to reverse placings, and he’s also going to come on plenty for the experience. A 60,000gns son of No Nay Never, he can take this en route to running in some of the bigger summer festivals to come.
Andrew Balding is training plenty of winners – eight in the last fortnight at an 18 per cent strike rate – and CHAI CHAI could keep the stable good run going when he contests the closing 1m handicap at Newbury later this evening under Oisin Murphy.
It looks quite a tight handicap on paper and recent Chelmsford winner Courtside is entitled to be favourite. But the selection finished third in a higher grade contest at Doncaster on his reappearance, his first run back since being gelded, and didn’t have the race run to suit at Sandown last time, faring second best of those ridden patiently.
His sole win to date came on soft ground but quicker conditions didn’t seem to bother him last time and it was riding good to firm when finishing third in a hot Haydock novice last June. The second and fourth are now rated 100 so a mark of 75 shouldn’t be beyond him.
All odds were correct at time of posting.