Our resident tipster fancies a couple of runners today, including a 7/1 shot at Pontefract.
The closing 6f handicap at Pontefract (due off 5.10pm) houses some interesting sorts and SPIRAEA might prove the best of them.
Mark Rimell’s mare ran her best race of the season last time out when chasing home Gran Canaria Queen in a Class 3 handicap over course and distance, with the rest well beaten off. Just 1lb higher here in a lower grade contest and reunited with Graham Lee, she will take some stopping over what is her optimum trip.
She should be a backable price too (forecast at 9/2) due to the presence of Upavon, who is chasing a hat-trick after successive wins on the all-weather surface at Chelmsford, albeit the last of those came in April and the worry is that he might be a little rusty on his first run back. Given his last success came off a mark of 90, he is potentially thrown in here on 74. However, I wouldn’t trust him to translate that form now back on turf, with his five previous efforts such a surface making dismal reading.
A bigger danger may be Eternitys Gate who is making his debut for the massively in-form David O’Meara. Having dropped to a mark just 1lb higher than his last winning one, it’s a question of time before the four-year-old gets his head back in front, but that is more likely to be over a furlong less, with both his wins coming over the minimum trip. A speedy sort who likes to be ridden prominently, he may well set the race up for the selection, who is 3-7 in 6f handicaps at Class 4 or lower level in the past two seasons.
We are unlikely to get such big odds on NEMORALIA, who contests the 7f maiden for fillies at Kempton this evening (7.20pm). She’s not one to miss, though, after her second to Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle, runner-up in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot previously, at Newmarket last time, with some decent sorts in behind. A fast winning time suggests the form is sound and a similar effort here would make her hard to beat on what is just her third start. Frankie Dettori renews the partnership and he can make his only ride at the meeting a winning one.
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Honorina looks the biggest threat on her debut second at Doncaster, while any money for the newcomers Belleville Vale and Mise England Rose would be significant. Thankfully, their presence should ensure we can get an odds against quote (somewhere, please?) on the selection.
Pontefract 5.20, Spiraea @ 7/1 Coral
Kempton 7.10, Nemoralia @ best morning-line price