Our racing expert marks your card for Wednesday's action.
Yarmouth’s Eastern meeting continues this afternoon and the Norfolk track throws up some interesting bets.
The feature John Musker Fillies’ Stakes has attracted a decent sized field of 12 and they include a surprise entry from the Jessica Harrington yard, the former Luca Cumani-trained BEAUTIFUL MORNING. The County Kildare-based trainer doesn’t have many Flat runners on these shores and she’s not had one here, at least in the last five years, so the fact she’s travelled over is perhaps a tip in itself.
The filly in question looks well up to the task too as she ran her best race yet for her new stable when second in a Group 2 at the Curragh ten days ago, albeit she had run creditably in a couple of Group 3s previously. A smart juvenile a couple of seasons back who was talked of as a potential 1000 Guineas candidate, she may only now be starting to fulfil her true potential and today’s trip on soft ground looks ideal for her.
It won’t be easy, mind, as she’s up against some nice British-trained fillies and the best of these may be Mark Johnston’s Titi Mafki, whose recent short head second at York was another step in the right direction, while I’ve a healthy respect for Clive Cox’s Flood Warning. But I’m happy to stick with the selection given she’s a nice price at 4/1.
Roger Varian could be in for a good afternoon as both his ZABEEL PRINCE and Equitation look to have solid claims of following up maiden wins now that they are taking on handicap rivals for the first time.
I’m not convinced the former is that well treated on a mark of 86, meaning he’s carrying top weight in the 1m class 4 contest, but he was a taking winner when last seen out at Nottingham in June, and that run also showed he can handle a soft surface. The ground should also suit Wealth Tax, who ran flat when attempting to compete a hat-trick at Hamilton last month and has been rested since. But the Varian runner has the most potential with just a couple of runs under his belt and I fancy he can give weight and a beating to his five rivals.
Stablemate EQUITATION is a bigger price for the closing 6f handicap and I actually like his chances more, especially as the form of his Doncaster maiden victory was franked by the third, One Master, here yesterday. The fourth, Katheefa, has also won since and there is surely more to come from the winner who was value for more than his length margin if victory as he had a fair headwind to contend with once hitting the front a couple of furlongs out. An opening mark of 77 shouldn’t be beyond him then and with Andrea Atzeni taking over the reigns for the first time, I fancy he can get the job done.
Michael Dods is a rare visitor to the Norfolk track and that he is making the journey from his County Durham base suggests that he considers the 5f handicap a good opportunity for his DAKOTA GOLD to get back to winning ways.
A first prize of over £12k might have helped sway that decision and with just five rivals to beat, all of whom have questions over them, the improving three-year-old looks a good bet to scoop the lot. Twice a winner already this term, he showed he was still in the upgrade with a narrow defeat at York just ten days ago, which was following on from a short head defeat at Newmarket, and a similar effort here under what are ideal conditions should more than suffice.
Yesterday’s winner OCEAN TEMPTRESS, who was given on here at 13/2, could be turned out again quickly under a penalty in the 6f fillies’ handicap and it would be no surprise to see her go in again given she’s clearly at the top of her game.
Yarmouth 3.15, Ocean Temptress @ 9/2 BetVictor
Yarmouth 3.50, Beautiful Morning @ 4/1 BetVictor
Yarmouth 4.55, Zabeel Prince @ 11/10 bet365
Yarmouth 5.25, Dakota Gold (nap) @ 7/4 bet365
Yarmouth 5.55, Equitation @ 3/1 BetVictor