Our racing guru is turning to the all-weather for profit, hopefully.
With an inspection planned at Bangor for 8am and nothing jumping off the page at Catterick, I’m turning to the all-weather for today’s betting fix.
Lingfield and Kempton are on duties and the nap is running in the 6f handicap at the latter track (due off 6.10pm). It’s a competitive contest with both Kingsley Klarion and Rosealee bringing solid recent form to the table. They are respected along with easy Nottingham winner Dream Mover, who has a 161-day absence to overcome, but it could well be that the Clive Cox-trained GO ON GO ON GO ON is a cut above them in terms of class and is also well treated on a mark of 78.
The handicapper has had just a couple of runs to go on; a promising second on her racecourse debut over track and trip in early December, which would have been needed, and a smooth success when sent off 2/1 favourite for a Wolverhampton maiden later that month. The second and third have hardly advertised the form since, admittedly, but she won in good style by one and three-quarter lengths and Cox was very complimentary about her in the post-race interview.
He said: “She ran promisingly on her debut and has always done everything right so I’m delighted she’s lost her maiden tag. Well give her a break now as she’s a filly with scope. She’s very honest and has a but if class, but we’ll take things one step at a time next year.”
Having been given a 36-day break, she ought to be capable of further progress and is taken to improve the record of her trainer and jockey, who have combined for a healthy 18% strike rate (29-158) on the all-weather, with all their runners yielding a £1 level-stakes profit of £20.78.
The Ian Williams-trained Freud is going for a hat-trick in the 1m2f handicap at Lingfield (3.10pm) after a couple of Chelmsford wins, but he has much more on his plate now upped a couple of grades and FRANKLIN D looks the one to be on.
Michael Bell’s charge showed some useful form on turf last summer with a Sandown maiden win followed by a runner-up spot in a Newmarket handicap, before rounding off his season by finishing a highly respectable 12th of the 34 runners in the Cambridgeshire back at HQ.
Sent off 5/2 favourite on his all-weather debut over track and trip in November, he gave his backers some anxious moments after being held up in rear off a steady pace and then having to cover a lot of ground on the wide outside to get a clear run. That he still got up near the line is to his credit and, still lightly-raced after just seven starts, he should be capable of better still. Indeed, he looks a likely type for the All-Weather Championships held here at the end of March, with this race an ideal stepping stone.
Jamie Spencer takes ride this afternoon and he’ll be hoping there is more pace on this afternoon (likely) as his mount sees the trip out well, and he can also make the most of a good draw in stall one.