Our racing expert marks your card for Wednesday's racing.
Jamie Spencer looks to have a good book of rides at Yarmouth this evening, starting with the Michael Bell-trained RONALD R in the 7f maiden that kicks off the card.
A 130,000gns yearling and a 2017 Derby entrant, he caught the eye when running on into third on his Newbury debut. Warm beforehand and slow into his stride once the gates opened, he made up stacks of ground late on to finish just over a head behind the winner Aardwolf, who has won again since. With both the runner-up and fifth also winning subsequently, the form looks rock-solid and the selection, who should be all the better for the experience and will appreciate this evening’s extra half furlong, may well be able to follow suit.
This is quite a hot maiden for the track and three of his rivals have also shown ability on the their racecourse debuts, in particular Roger Varian’s Jumira Bridge, a beaten favourite when second in a 6f maiden here. He’s respected and has been backed this morning, but I’ll stick with the Bell runner at the bigger price.
Spencer comes in for ride on the Robert Cowell-trained ARCHIMEDES in the closing 5f handicap and the three-year-old is taken to get back to winning ways. He’s generally struggled since winning a Bath maiden last June and was out of his depth in last year’s Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot. However, he showed a bit more spark when fourth over track and trip last time and the combination of a further 2lb drop in the weights and the application of a first-time visor can he him take another step forward.
It’s an open little race on paper and David Elsworth’s Justice Lady deserves to be favourite on her recent efforts, including a Newmarket second last time, though that was the third time she has let down favourite backers and she needs to settle better.
Spencer also gets the leg up on Luca Cumani’s FALLEN FOR A STAR in the 1m2f handicap having steered the four-year-old to a comfortable two-length success on the Tapeta surface at Newcastle last time. The son of Sea The Stars is clearly going the right way and has now won two of his last three starts, having shown pretty useful form on his maidens on turf. He seems best when held up off a strong gallop and the hope is that confirmed pacesetter Demonstration makes it a proper test, in which case he can win again.
Hugo Palmer’s Spanish Squeeze is preferred in the betting and he’s evidently considered better than he showed when a disappointing favourite at the York Dante meeting. That may be so but he’s been off the track since and has to give 7lb to the selection.
All odds were correct at time of posting.