Our racing expert marks your card for Wednesday's action.
The 1m2f trip of the nursery handicap at Nottingham this afternoon is a stiff test for a juvenile and the winner will need stamina in abundance.
Most of the runners have yet to encounter such an extreme distance, though a few promise to be suited by it and they include the Charlie Hills-trained PERCY THROWER, who is making his handicap debut after the requisite three runs in maidens.
He caught the eye on his debut over 7f at Salisbury in early August, when keeping on nicely after showing signs of greenness in the preliminaries and being slowly away. Stepped up to a mile on his next start at Kempton, he was again slow to break and having made headway into fourth 2f out, he then seemed to hit a flat spot before running on again into fourth. He finished well beaten on his most recent effort at Ffos Las, again over a mile, but at least that qualified him for nurseries off what looks a very fair mark of 69.
He’s a half-brother to Dubday, who won a Group 3 over 1m4f at Glorious Goodwood last season, and Dannyday, winner of the Northumberland Plate consolation race this summer, so he’s going to come into his own when upped to middle distances next term. But his stamina is going to come in very handy this afternoon and the fact Hills is giving him another run before putting him away for the winter, suggests he thinks he can win a race such as this.
The handicaps run later on the Nottingham card look tricky to say the least, but I’m going to give one last chance to MEDICIMAN when he runs in the 1m contest. After showing promise on a couple of starts at two, I had him down as a sure-fire handicap winner this season and have backed him a couple of times. He’s proved a disappointment, though, letting down favourite backers the last twice, but he’s been running in better handicaps than this one and on ground that was faster than ideal.
This is the first time this term he’s raced on genuine good ground – assuming the current going description doesn’t change – and I’m hopeful he can put his best foot forward and recoup losses. His trainer Henry Candy has struck with two of his last three runners (7/1 & 8/1) to provide further encouragement.