Our racing expert has earmarked a trio of Yarmouth runners for potential profit.
With the three-day Newmarket July meeting getting underway tomorrow, I can imagine most punters will be keeping their powder dry today and the racing is moderate it has to be said. However, it could be worth opening your wallet for the following three Yarmouth runners.
I’ll start with the shortest-priced – and dare I say banker – amongst them in the shape of the Charlie Hills-trained HEATSTROKE in the 1m1f handicap. He looked very exciting when hacking up in a Kempton maiden in October 2014 only for injury to keep him off the track until May of this year, when reappearing in a Sandown handicap. Unfortunately, he lived up to his name and got quite warm beforehand so it was to his credit that he closed nicely from well off the pace into fourth, with Saturday’s Sandown winner Secret Art one place ahead of him.
He should be able to build on that and connections certainly think so as they have made some fancy entries for him, including the Group 1 Sussex Stakes and the Betfred Mile at Glorious Goodwood later this month. The former looks very ambitious but the son of Galileo might well be up to winning a big handicap, though he will need to win before long to bump up his current rating (87) and guarantee a run. Today’s the day, as they say.
James Tate has his string in excellent form – three winners from his last four runners and six in the last fortnight – and that’s not the only reason to fancy his MUKAABRA, who contests the closing 1m handicap (5.10pm). She won her first two starts, including a Newmarket handicap off top weight on good to firm, and it was a soft surface that found her out when returned to that track on her hat-trick bid, though she was hardly disgraced in third.
Back in May Tate was very enthusiastic about this filly when discussing her in a Stable Tour, saying she was a jockeys dream as she travels well, can quicken and doesn’t pull. He also said the handicapper had been “very fair” in only raising her 5lb after her Newmarket win and that she was “still fairly treated off that.” Having been dropped 1lb since her last run and on today’s quicker surface, she can prove him right here.
The final pick is the biggest-priced of the trio with as big as 10/1 surprisingly on offer Karl Burke’s WINGS OF ESTEEM in the 1m2f handicap (3.40pm). Bookmakers are clearly going on the form of her last two starts at Nottingham, where she beat just four horses home, but she beat the 77-rated Mystic Blaze fair and square at Southwell in February and therefore has to be considered well treated here on a mark of 67.
Her trainer, who has been amongst the winners of late, certainly thinks she is worth persevering with, saying in a Stable Tour only last week: “I Iike her a lot. She won on her second start at Southwell and has since had two runs in turf handicaps when she’s not been beaten that far and has more importantly been learning her trade. She’s in great form and capable of winning nice handicaps as I think she is on a fair mark.” Don’t say you weren’t told.