Our resident tipster has been swayed by a couple of significant jockey bookings.
It can often pay to take note of a significant jockey booking and both of today’s bets are part selected on account of who is riding.
First up is the Paul D’Arcy-trained SPRING LOADED, who is lining up in division 1 of the 6f handicap at Kempton this evening (due off 8.10pm) under John Egan. The jockey has ridden the three-year-old on his last three starts and his mount has shown progressive form, culminating in a career-best effort at Ascot last time when beaten three-quarters of a length after a four-month layoff.
The gelding is likely to strip much fitter for that effort and his trainer looks to have found him a good opportunity to go one better at a track he has shown a liking for previously, with his form figures over course and distance reading an impressive 1312.
He’s been raised 1lb for his Ascot effort, but he still looks well treated on a mark of 79, considering he finished second here off 3lb higher last September, and he’s Egan’s only the ride of the evening. He may have most to fear from the other three-year-old to have won over track and trip, Belvoir Diva, but the selection looks better drawn in stall one.
Jim Crowley rides the majority of his winners at the Surrey venue – 148 to be exact over the past five seasons – and he gets on well with the Keith Dalgleish-trained SALVATORE FURY, who looks sure to appreciate the return to Polytrack in the second division of the 6f handicap (8.40pm).
The five-year-old has been running well on turf of late and looked unlucky not to score over this trip at Carlisle two starts back when fitted with first-time visor. He was beaten only a head by Ypres, who hampered him at a vital stage and did well to keep the race at the subsequent Stewards’ Enquiry.
He failed to reproduce that effort at Hamilton last time, but he’s looked far happier on an artificial surface in the past and has form figures here of 1249, with the win coming over this distance. His most recent success came at Lingfield in April off just 3lb lower under Crowley, who has achieved figures of 1241 on board.
It’s a competitive race this evening and you can make a case for several with Michael Wigham’s Elis Eliz preferred by bookmakers. A consistent sort, he should again give a good account, but he gets no respite from the handicapper and the selection looks well worth an interest at a double-figure price with plenty in his favour.