Our racing expert marks your card for Tuesday's action.
Horses that don’t win by far tend to stay one step ahead of the handicapper and can be profitable to follow.
A prime example is the Bryan Smart-trained PORTLAND STREET, who is attempting to land a hat-trick in the 6f handicap at Carlisle this afternoon (5.45pm). The three-year-old’s winning run started at Ripon in July off a mark of 59, having finished second on his handicap debut at Doncaster (good to soft) previously, and he duly followed up over track and trip off 4lb higher.
He’s up another 4lb but that’s unlikely to stop this half-brother to Group 1 performer Belardo and he rates nap material with the stable firing on all cylinders and no concerns over the prevailing soft ground. The presence of a handful of recent winners amongst his rivals helps his price no end.
His stablemate MYTHMAKER can hopefully initiate a double for the yard when he runs in the 6f handicap at Thirsk (3.30pm). A winner at Lingfield back in January, the four-year-old has run some solid races in defeat on turf since, including when a close second (of 18) in a competitive sprint at York in May, and he was less than three lengths behind the winner Nameitwhatyoulike when seventh in the Great St Wilfrid last time from what turned out to be a poor draw.
The assessor has kindly dropped him 2lb since and that allows him to get into this 0-95 handicap off top weight against 11 rivals. The best of these may be Vibrant Chords, who ran a solid third in a decent Leicester handicap last time, but the selection has the fast ground he needs to show his best and is fancied to give the weight away.
Luca Cumani has his string in fantastic form with three winners from his last five runners and his VANITY QUEEN can keep the good run going in the 1m nursery at Yarmouth (2.50pm), where he has a healthy 23% (16-70) strike rate and can boast a £1 level-stakes profit of £19.59 for all his runners since 2012.
His filly has just five rivals to beat but four of them bring solid recent form to the table and recent Epsom winner Hurricane Rush is respected most of these. But the selection built on a gutsy maiden victory at Nottingham, where she needed every yard of the extended 1m trip to get up, with a fair second in a tactical three-runner affair at Newmarket on her handicap debut last time. A half-sister to Oaks third Volume, stamina is going to be her forte and with every likelihood of a stronger pace to aim at this afternoon, she must go close.
All odds were correct at time of posting.