Our racing expert marks your card for the afternoon action at Nottingham.
Given the red-hot form of the Simon Crisford stable – the Suffolk-based handler is 7-22 (32%) in the last fortnight – it could be worth giving another chance to his ALNADIR in the maiden run over an extended 1m, with James Doyle taking the reigns for the first time.
The son of Noble Mission looked a ready-made winner of one of these when showing considerable promise at York (7f) on his debut after a far from easy passage through the race – he was badly hampered by the winner over a furlong from home, but managed to gather himself together and stay on for third.
That made his subsequent fourth at Kempton when sent off 11/10 favourite all the more disappointing, although to be fair that longer race (1m2f) turned into quite a test and he only faltered in the closing stages to be less than two lengths behind the winner at the line.
A 75,000 Breeze-Up purchase in April and a half brother to a US 5.5f-6f dirt winner (he gets his stamina from his dam), he looks capable of winning before the season is out and the application of first-time cheek-pieces this afternoon might be just what he needs to put his best foot forward and continue the excellent run of his yard.
Plenty can be fancied in the 5f nursery but it’s hard to resist having a small interest in Michael Bell’s ARTAIR as he is surely capable of stepping up on his more recent efforts, having been freshened up since disappointing at York in July and having had his wind done in the meantime.
An easy winner over this trip on soft ground Yarmouth in May before finishing stone last in the Listed National Stakes on a faster surface, he should be perfectly at home on today’s good ground and his revised mark of 81 shouldn’t be beyond him either, given that the horse he beat into second at the seaside track has won since and is now rated 84.
The good form of his stable (5-22 in the last fortnight) and the booking of James Doyle help to clinch the bet.
All odds were correct at time of posting.