Oops, sorry about that – the Headline To Trot Out On A Regular Basis Department have submitted the wrong one – it should, of course, read: THEY’RE OFF!
As per, the turf season kicks off with the Betway Lincoln at 3.35, with 22 runners pelting down the Doncaster straight mile. Of the first five home last year, 3 were drawn very high and two were drawn very low, so it makes sense, if having a bet, to pick one of each.
Starting point amongst the ‘highs’ should be the favourite, Yuften, trained by Roger Charlton and ridden by the ‘go to’ jock Andrea Adzeni. This 6-y-o ended last season with a comfortable win in the Balmoral Handicap at Ascot, off a mark of 101 and had a highly promising tune up for today with a fast finishing 3rd in a Listed contest at Wolverhampton 3 weeks ago. That should have put it spot on for this afternoon and a win bet at 4-1 is recommended.
As for the ‘lows’, the Richard Hannon trained Oh This Is Us catches the eye, with Ryan Moore booked to ride. This 4-y-o is fully fit from two spins in Dubai, is a course winner and is closely matched with the favourite on their running at Newmarket last September. Drawn just about on the rail in 2, the 12-1 available begs to be taken e/w to modest stakes.
The other Flat meeting this pm is at Kempton which stages the Listed Betfred Mobile Magnolia Stakes at 2.05 and the ultra-competitive Rosebery Handicap at 3.15. (Apologies to the sponsor, but no chance I’m quoting the full title)
Favourite for the Magnolia is Linguistic, trained by Johnny G, which makes its seasonal and All Weather debut and has its first run without its nuts, so at a skinny 5-2, the Spanish Archer looms large.
Value bet in this race is the Archie Watson trained improver Absolute Blast at 100-30. Beaten in a photo in a Grade 3 at Lingfield last time, this gutsy mare will ensure that the others know they’ve been in a race and may well respond to Luke Morris’ riding style.
The Roseberry at 3.15 could be a one-horse handicap, so the first thing to do is to have a win bet on Big Country at 7-2. This Mick Appleby acquisition made mincemeat of its rivals on stable debut, beating a 79 rated rival by 7 lengths, easing down. If that form can be believed, then today’s opening mark of 84 is a gift and SDS will have an armchair ride.
If not, then Wild Hacked e/w at 12-1 will keep you interested, but keep it quiet.