Our racing expert marks your card for Tuesday's action.
All four selections are in action at Newbury this evening.
We should get a decent price on Hugo Palmer’s ETTIHADI as he’s not the only promising sort in the opening maiden auction over 1m, with Richard Hannon’s Fields Of Fortune looking the chief threat after finishing second on his Sandown debut. The selection could only manage fourth of seven on his debut at Lingfield 17 days, but he was the only one backed against the winning odds-on favourite, Dourado, and his effort can be marked up as he was slow into his stride and then ran green. He will have learned plenty from that experience and with the stable juveniles going well, he’s taken to upset the Hannon horse who has been chalked up at a skinny-looking 6/5.
UPDATE – the selection is very easy to back this morning – out to 7/1 – so I’d keep stakes very small.
It was only a Redcar maiden that William Haggas’ WRAPPED won last time, but she showed battling qualities to first see off the eventual third and then the runner-up to score quite cosily in the end. More is needed to win this evening’s 7f handicap against some in-form rivals, but that seems likely given she’s lightly-raced and her trainer, who continues in terrific form and has a healthy 21% (27-131) strike rate with his runners here since 2012 is fitting a pair of first-time cheek-pieces to eek out some more improvement. Off an opening mark of just 77, she looks worth an interest at the 6/1 on offer.
UPDATE – I found out this morning it’s William Haggas’ birthday today (56). Not that it will make the selection run any faster but she’d be an apt winner, don’t you think?
The Sir Mark Prescott-trained MONJENI is proving expensive to follow having let down favourite backers three times already this season and as recently as eight days ago at Chelmsford, when finishing second as 2/1 favourite. However, I’m prepared to give him one last chance in the 2m handicap on the card as he was given a lot to do at the Essex venue with his rider keen to settle him early, and by the time he got going the more enterprisingly-ridden winner had flown. The handicapper has left his mark alone and Precott, who is a master at placing his horses and can’t stop training winners, is again applying the cheek-pieces that replaced a visor last time. With 3lb claimer Rosie Jessop booked, the three-year-old is getting plenty of weight from his more exposed, older rivals and his turn may have finally come. Just don’t have your mortgage on!
UPDATE – the selection is a non-runner but he’s well entered up in the next few days, so keep an eye out for him.
Charlie Fellowes’ ZAIN ARION ran below expectations in a Kempton handicap last week when sent off at just 2/1. However, it was a surprise to see her being dropped out the back on that occasion considering she had made virtually every yard when comfortably beating Palisade (a winner twice since) at Yarmouth previously, and she also came out worse of some bad scrimmaging 2f out. She wouldn’t have won that day but I like the fact she is being turned out again quickly and her rider Steve Donohoe is likely to be under orders to give her a more positive ride from the front. Reported to have been working well at home prior to last week’s defeat, she is well worth another chance and odds of 7/2 make plenty of appeal.
UPDATE – the selection has seen plenty of support this morning (into 9/4) which suggests he can recoup last week’s losses.