Our racing expert marks your card for this afternoon's action at Yarmouth.
David Simcock’s horses are running well and FREE FORUM, who is the mount of Jamie Spencer, is my idea of the 1m3f handicap. It was over this course and distance that the selection broke his duck last August, winning with plenty to spare despite not seeing much daylight, and he had excuses for three subsequent defeats. He didn’t really take to Brighton when third on his follow up bid and his stamina was stretched to the limit on his final two outings of 2017 over 1m4f. Back at the scene of his career best and with doubts over all his main rivals on this surface, he can get back to winning ways.
The 1m6f handicap has drawn the biggest field of the day with 16 set to go to post, but I doubt any are as well handicapped as BAILARICO, who carries a 6lb penalty for last week’s Chepstow success when making his stable debut. Warren Greatrex’s five-year-old was well backed beforehand, which was a bit surprising given he’d shown very little on the Flat prior to winning a point for his previous connections. However, the imposing five-year-old looked a different proposition as he won with something to spare and, given he’s bred to be a decent stayer and began life with Godolphin, he should be capable of further success in this sphere.
CRYPTONITE might be the answer to the 1m handicap off bottom weight as he just about produced a career best when a narrow second over this track and trip on his penultimate start. That has to go down as an unlucky defeat as he gave away crucial ground when rearing as the stalls opened and, having recovered to lead out wide inside the final furlong, he was just mugged on the line by Luna Magic, with the pair clear of the remainder. He can be forgiven a subsequent remote third at Southwell as he had an awkward start and, providing he gets away on level terms here, he should go close to bagging his third career success.
Bookmakers prefer the chances of recent course and distance winner Seyasah and Roger Varian’s Screaming Gemini. However, the former appeared to appreciate much softer conditions when getting off the mark at the 11th, while the Varian runner couldn’t build on his good all-weather return when third in a lower grade race here last time and connections are now reaching for a visor.
All odds were correct at time of posting.