Our resident tipster has four midweek fancies for a potentially lucrative yankee bet.
The first of today’s bets is in action at Nottingham, with Clive Cox’s RAW IMPULSE fancied to go well in the 1m2f handicap (due off 4.10pm).
It’s a competitive contest, thus ensuring we can back the selection at a tasty price, and I’ll be disappointed if he can’t finish in the first three as he has done on his last three starts, since winning his maiden here back in May. Certainly, his seconds to progressive types in Memorial Day and Think Ahead look strong pieces of form and his latest defeat at Salisbury can be upgraded as he was posted wide throughout and was unable to find any cover. With Andrea Atzeni back on board this afternoon and with his stable in cracking form, he can gain a deserved victory. UPDATE – Raw Impulse has been declared a non-runner.
Kempton stages it's usual midweek slot and throws up a couple of bets, starting with BAY OF ST MALO in the 7f fillies’ maiden (7.30pm). Richard Hannon’s juvenile has shown improved form on each of his three starts, but appeared to find a mile stretching her stamina when third at Ascot last time. This furlong shorter trip should prove ideal then and we know she acts on the surface as she finished third here two starts back. The presence of star apprentice Tom Marquand (still claiming 3lb) on her back only increases confidence further.
SUMMER ISLES appeared to show improved form on her first start for Paul Midgley when hacking up by four lengths at Catterick last week. There didn’t appear to be any fluke about that victory and she is undoubtedly well in under a 6lb penalty for this evening’s 5f handicap (6.15pm). When trained in Ireland she was rated as high as 83, albeit on the all-weather at Dundalk, which shows she handles this surface, and she lines up on a mark of just 60 here. Tom Queally takes over from an amateur and he can make the most of what is a handy draw in stall two of ten.
Over jumps now and it’s hard to resist giving the Charlie Longsdon-trained BOB TUCKER another chance when he lines up in the opening 2m7f handicap chase (2.20pm). The eight-year-old broke my heart – and emptied my wallet – when getting beat at Newbury twice, going off as a well-backed favourite on each occasion. He’s not ungenuine, though, and having kept this novice status for this season it will be a surprise if he can’t win a race of his nature off his current rating of 118. With his stable in form and with Aidan Coleman (20% strike rate on stable runners) booked to do the steering, I’m very hopeful of retrieving losses – with interest!