Our resident tipster is eyeing up a a couple of midweek runners, including a value 14/1 shot.
It’s probably best to keep stakes small today with much better racing to come later in the week, but there’s just enough juice in the prices of both of today’s fancied runners to warrant a small interest.
First up, JAMMY GUEST could make amends for what looked an unlucky quarter-length defeat at Yarmouth last time when he runs in the 5f handicap at Nottingham (due off 5.20pm). George Margarson’s charge was classy enough to run in the Group 3 Jersey Stakes as a three-year-old and he would surely have won at the Norfolk track had he not been denied a clear run approaching the final furlong, leaving him with too much to do.
Having not won for over two years, he’s plummeted in the weights – he was rated 23lb higher this time last year – and it’s surely a question of time before he takes advantage. He seems to be getting faster with age and was cruising a furlong out over 6f at Nottingham last time, so the drop back to 5f this afternoon could be just what he needs to get his head back in front. Tom Queally takes over from Jamie Spencer this afternoon and he has a healthy 16% strike rate at the track with all his rides yielding a whopping £52.86 level-stakes profit.
The other bet is in action on the all-weather at Kempton with William Muir’s MISSY BLUE EYES fancied to go well in the 7f nursery on the card (8.10pm) at an each-way price. It’s a competitive class 3 and there’s plenty of winning form to consider, but the selection could be well treated on a mark of 78 and in receipt of weight from his main rivals. Yes he’s a male horse (albeit a gelding), despite the name, in case you’re wondering.
His form merits close inspection too as he was a good winner at Windsor two starts back, building on a promising third on his Nottingham debut, and there was no disgrace in his second to Storm Rising at Newbury last time as the winner is entered in the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy and benefited from racing on the faster part of the track. This is his first try on Polytrack but plenty of his sire Kyllachy’s progeny act on it and his rider Franny Norton can make the most of a good draw in stall three.