Brownsea on the Brink of success

Brownsea Brink looks primed for a big run

Cam Hardie rides Brownsea Brink.

Brownsea Brink

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Betting Tip: Brownsea Brink @ 14/1 with coral

There is something for everyone this afternoon with quality flat action from Newbury competing for attention with a competitive eight-race jumps card from Ayr, featuring the Scottish Grand National.

I’ve covered the Ayr marathon at length elsewhere on this site, with Drop Out Joe and Catching On my two against the field, so I’ll concentrate on the flat action here. The three Group races dominate proceedings but the best betting race has to be the Spring Cup over a mile (3.25pm), with the current market headed by Lincoln winner Gabrial and Spring Mile runner-up Buckstay. Given those Doncaster races have provided two of the last four winners, you have to respect their chances. However, the ground is likely to ride much quicker than Town Moor and that’s not ideal for Gabrial in particular, while Buckstay has yet to win on turf and is without the services of the excellent Tom Marquand, who did everything right on him but win last time.

I’m going to take them on with Richard Hannon’s BROWNSEA BRINK, who goes well fresh and is the mount of highly talented 3lb claimer (not for much longer!) Cam Hardie. He’s not been seen finishing down the field in last season’s Victoria Cup, when he went off as joint favourite, but it will be a surprise if he’s not fit and ready to do himself justice. His first win on turf came at Newmarket on the back of a near eight-month absence and he ran well on his reappearance last season, when beaten a head by Purcell at Lingfield. He followed that up by finishing a close third in this race off the same mark as today’s and on similar going, so he’s far from a bad price at 14/1 to go two better.

Betting Tip: Brownsea Brink @ 14/1 with coral

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