Our resident tipster has three selections on a busy Wednesday, with the nap running in the closing handicap at Beverley.
Mark Johnston has his string firing on all cylinders and his CHAMPAGNE RANSOM is handed today’s nap vote.
She wouldn’t be winning out of turn in this afternoon’s extended 1m4f handicap at Beverley (5.30pm) as she’s been knocking on the door for a while now and was denied by a mere short head at Chelmsford on her latest start. She looked sure to win that day having led and gone clear with two furlongs to travel. However, she may have hit the front a little too soon as she green and wasn’t helped by her jockey looking round for dangers, before being collared in the last few strides. Joe Fanning takes over this afternoon and he’s sure to adopt more patient tactics.
That she has the ability to win a race of this nature off her current mark is beyond doubt and she can reverse previous course form with Avenue Des Champs, who had the race run to suit when winning here in May and is now 7lb higher in the weights. What’s more, Johnston’s runners in 1m4f handicaps at the track are always to be feared with his 58 runners in such races since 2010 producing 20 winners (34.5%) for a £1 level-stakes profit of £41.08.
Staying at Beverley, it could be worth taking a chance on CHOC’A’MOCA coming back to his best in the 5f sprint handicap (2.30pm). The eight-year-old has hardly been catching the eye in his four runs this term, but he tends to come good at this time of year – his June form figures read 011101120831 – and he has won three races over track and trip. His last success came at Redcar last July and he lines up today off just a 1lb higher mark.
His trainer Paul Midgley, who is based nearby, is enjoying a fine season and his sprinters in particular have proved worth following, with the highlight undoubtedly being a 1-2 in Saturday’s ‘Dash’ at Epsom. He has booked Graham Lee to ride the selection and the jockey does well on the stable’s older horses (4yo+) with all his rides since 2010 producing a £1 level-stakes profit of £49.50. He should be able to make the most of what looks a handy draw in stall 2 of 11.
The other one to back this afternoon is William Haggas’ SATELLITE in the closing 1m3f handicap at Haydock (5.10pm). The four-year-old was fancied to run a big race on his reappearance at York following a gelding operation in the winter, but he could only finish tenth of the 18 runners. In hindsight, though, he would have needed that run, his first for 249 days, and he may have found the 1m2f trip an insufficient test of stamina. He’s bred to stay, being closely related to a Czech 1m4f winner out of a 1m3f winner / Park Hill Stakes second, and today’s longer trip should therefore suit. Ryan Moore renews the partnership and the in-form stable has an impressive 32% strike rate at the track.
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