Our racing expert has three midweek fancies to help you turn a profit, hopefully.
County Kildare-based Adrian Keatley has done very well with his runners in Britain and that makes his NORTHERN SKY of interest when he runs in the closing 1m1f handicap at Hamilton this afternoon (due off 5.15pm).
The three-year-old son of Danehill Dancer has had just four runs and, despite being sent off at 50/1, ran a very respectable fourth on his handicap debut at Roscommon 16 days ago, the form of which was boosted when the fifth, Hint Of Frost, landed a gamble on his next start.
He runs off the same mark this afternoon and it’s significant that his trainer has decided to travel over the Irish Sea to contest what looks a fairly competitive handicap. Keatley’s Flat record in Britain reads an impressive 14 wins from 42 runners (33%) and his record with handicappers on these shores in 2016 is an even more eye-catching 6-8 (75%), yielding a healthy £1 level-stakes profit of £21.75. His latest runner, a 4/1 shot, can keep that good run going.
Former champion jockey Richard Hughes has already sent out five winners in his first full season as a Flat trainer and he can strike in this evening’s 1m handicap at Kempton (6.20pm) with BUNBURY, who can be backed at a tasty 11/2.
The four-year-old never made it to the track when with John Gosden last season, but this full brother to Group 2 winner Zacinto has shown progressive form in his three starts for Hughes, culminating in an eye-catching fifth in a decent handicap over a half furlong further at Windsor earlier this month. Dropped out early and after not getting the best of runs through the race, he was noted keeping on well close to home and definitely gave the impression he could have finished a lot closer.
That run qualified him for a handicap mark and it’s potentially a generous one of 74. He’s probably not the only well handicapped runner in the field, mind, and Paul Webber’s New Agenda (5/1) certainly looks well treated on his latest Wolverhampton second, with the winner and third doing their bit to advertise the form since. However, he’s been off for 71 days, whereas the selection should be spot on, and his stable is a less than encouraging 1-30 (3%) with all runners here. That said, he could still be worth a small saver in an open contest.
Over jumps now at Newton Abbot and it could be worth checking the market for any confidence behind the Jamie Snowden-trained VENTURA CASTLE in the 2m2f handicap hurdle (8.10pm). The four-year-old has not been seen out since finishing stone last in a Leicester selling hurdle in November of last year, but he has now qualified for a mark and did show some ability on the Flat, winning back-to-back races last spring.
Furthermore, his stable has hit a rich vein of form of late with three winners in the last fortnight and the booking of Nick Scholfield suggests that better is expected of him here. At 20/1, he’s worth a small each-way bet with a view to upping your stake if the market speaks in his favour.