Our resident tipster has identified three potential winners to help give the betting bank a midweek boost.
There’s a nice mix of flat and jumps action today and the nap under the former code is William Haggas’ MYTHICAL MOMENT, who runs in the closing 1m6f handicap at Sandown this evening (due off 8.50pm).
The three-year-old did us a good turn when winning at Carlisle last week and, given the ease of her victory, she must take all the beating here under a 6lb penalty. Clearly relishing the step up to this trip, the daughter of Derby winner Authorised could be called the winner a long way out and, having been ridden clear over one furlong, she was eased down to win by just over three lengths.
The handicapper is bound to react by giving her a hefty rise on the weights so it makes sense for Haggas, who doesn’t run many horses under a penalty, to turn her out again quickly. Providing she’s over her exertions – the fact she was pricking her ears close home suggests she had plenty left to give – she ought to take care of seven rivals, the best of whom may be Sea Of Heaven, who went close on her handicap debt at Lingfield last time.
Earlier on the card, it could be worth chancing William Muir’s EQUALLY FAST in the 5f handicap from a plum draw in stall one and with connections reaching for first-time blinkers. A low draw on the sprint track here has been a big advantage in recent years, with stalls 1 and 2 providing 15 of the 34 (44%) 5f handicap winners since the start of the 2012 season.
The selection, who loves to get on with things, could therefore sneak a healthy advance against the rail and may well prove hard to catch. He was a little disappointing at Doncaster last time and was well beaten here on his reappearance, but he’s now on a career-low mark after some respite from the handicapper and the headgear could well spark a return to the sort of form he showed when winning a well contested Wolverhampton maiden last September. He’ll be a good price too!
Over jumps now and the closing 2m4f handicap chase at Uttoxeter (5.20pm) can go to David Pipe’s SUSIE SHEEP, who looked certain to score over 2m6f here last month on her handicap debut, only to get worn down close home by a progressive rival in Urcalin. There was an 11-length gap back to the third, giving the form a solid look, and this afternoon’s shorter trip should also suit this strong travelling sort.
She faces several in-form rivals, including four last-time-out winners, but they all have much higher marks to contend with, whereas the selection is surely capable of picking up a race or two from her current perch of 118. Tom Scudamore rides and he does particularly well at the track in the summer months, while Pipe is adept at finding winning opportunities for his horses at this time of year. I’m hopeful of a good price too given the competitive nature of the race.
All odds were correct at time of posting.