Our racing expert marks your card for Wednesday's action.
Andrew Balding has been amongst the winners of late (6-14, 43% in the last fortnight) and QUEEN MOON, his sole runner at Newcastle this evening in the class 7 1m handicap, could keep the good run going.
In a race won’t take much winning and with solid recent form thin on the ground, the selection stands out on her close second over this trip at Chelmsford two starts back off just a 1lb lower mark than today’s and when sporting first-time blinkers (back on here). While she appeared to go backwards when only sixth on her most recent outing at Kempton, she wasn’t beaten far and, having raced on and off the lead, she may have found the 1m3f trip stretching her. Back over a mile off what looks a winnable mark and with Graham Lee taking a rare ride for the stable, she’ll be carrying my cash at the 11/2 on offer.
The class 5 6f handicap is competitive despite the numbers – just seven will go to post after Wazin was declared a non-runner – and I wouldn’t care to rule any of them out. But I’ve settled on Ben Haslam’s DISPLAYING AMBER as she was a real eye-catcher over 5f here last time.
Making her handicap debut on what was just her fourth career start, she was last two furlongs out but picked up strongly when the leaders began to wane to finish third, a little over a length behind the winner at the line. That wasn’t a strong contest by any means and this represents a step up in grade. However, she’s clearly going the right way and today’s extra furlong could be exactly what she needs to see her off the mark. At 9/2, she’ll do for me.
All odds were correct at time of posting.