Three Bath runners have caught the eye of our racing expert.
Robert Cowell is a dab hand with sprinters so his ALWAYS AMAZING is worth a look in the 5f160y handicap for that reason alone. A winner on his Wolverhampton debut last June, the son of Kyllachy has been lightly-raced since and was having just his fourth start when reappearing at Salisbury 17 days ago, having been gelded since last seen out in the autumn. While he could only finish fourth of the nine runners, that was pretty much what the market predicted (he went off at 16/1) and we can mark the effort up a little as he got behind after being snatched up before finishing well. The handicapper has kindly dropped him 4lb since to a mark of 77 and he’s surely a good few pounds better than that. UPDATE – the selection has taken a walk in the market – out to 10/1 from 6/1, with Kasbah shortening up as favourite – and that’s obviously a concern. If not already on, keep stakes small.
Sir Mark Prescott has few peers when it comes to placing his horses, especially in handicaps, and his ALTRA VITA is the latest example. Typically of the stable runners, she improved for the step up to middle distances when winning over 1m6f here on his reappearance and duly followed up at Brighton just seven days later. She still looked quite raw when scoring at the seaside track and gives the impression that she doesn’t do a lot in front, so a subsequent 3lb rise seems very fair and is unlikely to stop her landing the hat-trick. The only concern being she is dropping back in trip and is bred to stay 2m, but I doubt Luke Morris will be hanging about and he may well make all on the improving filly.
The same trainer/jockey combo team up with FERRIER in the closing 1m2f37y handicap and the three-year-old filly has a much better chance than her form figures (5005) would suggest. As is often the case with the stable juveniles, she had the requisite three runs at two to qualify for a mark and better was expected of her when making her handicap debut over 1m1f at Carlisle earlier this month. In the end she could only finish fifth of the ten runners, but that’s excusable as she was a late drifter in the market and still looked a little green during the race itself. That will have shaken the rust off and it could all come together this evening, with the combination of a longer trip, her lowly mark and first-time cheekpieces hopefully bringing about the desired effect.
All odds were correct at time of posting.