Our racing expert as found a couple of decent bets at Redcar this afternoon.
It’s low grade stuff wherever you look today but there are a couple of Redcar runners that might be worth an interest to small stakes.
The class 4 handicap over a few yards shy of a mile has attracted a half decent field and Tom Dascombe’s SHA LA LA LA LEE is one of two last-time-out winners amongst them. The other, Mark Johnston’s Poet’s Prince, is respected as he has been in grand form on the all-weather, winning twice and finishing second in the other, but this looks more competitive than he is used to and he also has a 7lb rise to contend with.
The Dascombe colt on the other hand looks nicely treated on his handicap debut off a mark of 83 when you consider that Masaarr, who finished over two lengths behind him at Wolverhampton last time, is now rated 88 and held a 2000 Guineas entry until recently. The runner-up Honey Man is also well thought of and cost 170,000gns as a two-year-old, so the form has a strong look about it and the winner earned himself extra credit by doing it the hard way from the front.
Having shown promise in a couple of strong maidens at two, the selection has clearly improved again for his winter break and should make up into a decent handicapper this term. Indeed, I will be surprised if he isn’t a good few pounds ahead of his mark and I’m hopeful he can follow up here with the stable form (4-20 in the last fortnight) another positive.
The novice stakes for fillies over 6f looks fairly competitive with horses trained in Newmarket filling the first three places in the betting. William Haggas’ Pretty Baby is just shading favouritism at the time of writing ahead of Left Alone and Angel’s Glory, who are representing Roger Varian and Hugo Palmer respectively.
However, the prize might be staying in the north with Kevin Ryan’s GOLD STONE making plenty of appeal on breeding and having looked the part in a couple of starts at two. Certainly, the form of her debut second to Special Purpose looks strong as the winner went on to finish third in a Group 3 behind Free Handicap winner Anna Nerium, and she then showed the benefit of that run when a smooth winner at Beverley on her next and final outing of last season.
Related to some speedy sorts, including Cheveley Park winner Tiggy Wiggy, she has the scope for further progress this term and she’s going to be best suited by sprint distances, which can’t be necessarily said about those ahead of her in the betting. Pretty Baby in particular has a middle distance pedigree and looked ready for a stiffer test when winning over this trip at Chelmsford in October.
All odds were correct at time of posting.