Televised racing from three different meetings this afternoon, with a distinct flavour of ‘waiting for next week’ about it.
To Sandown first, for the Coral Scurry Stakes, a Listed contest over the flying 5f which has the Marco Botti trained Atalis Bay installed as the 7-4 favourite.
A winner of a Nottinghm event on 3-y-o debut, Atalis Bay was then blown away by Winter Power when stepping up to Listed class at York a month ago. That winner is prominent in the betting for next week’s King’s Stand Stakes, so perhaps no disgrace.
However, we think the value may lie in an each way bet on Queens Carriage at 7-1. Kevin Coleman‘s filly has been a model of consistency and comes here chasing a four-timer, with Pat Dobbs a good booking and a decent draw in Trap 3.
Next up is the Coral Handicap at 2.50, with a field of 10 and we have a strong hankering to back Dogged in this – so we will.
David Elsworth‘s 4-y-o ran as well as could be expected in its first run since last July when 5that Newmarket and should have come on bundles for the run. That being the case, David Probert should be able to go close off an attractive mark and the 6-1 should be taken each way.
Oop at York, we start with the Queen Mother’s Cup Handicap, a prestigious event for the Laydees which has a slightly disappointing turnout of just seven.
Our fancy for this is the 2019 winner, Arctic Fox ridden by the excellent Becky Smith. It was everyone’s favourite Granny Carole Bartley who was on this horse when winning for the Richard Fahey yard, but it looks as if this has been a plan by current trainer Martin Todhunter and a promising run at Ayr last month will have put the 5-y-o spot on for today.
Have an each way bash at 9-2.
The JCB Handicap at 2.35 is next up and this is no doubt the race in which the earth moves (rather the the previous one).
We take a chance on the fitness and well-being of Gifted Ruler, trained by Tom Dascombe. Not seen since finishing second at Newmarket almost a year ago, this lightly raced 4-y-o has the potential to be better than a handicapper and can prove it this afternoon. An each way bet at 5-1 is recommended.
Skipping neatly over the 4 runner Conditions event at 3.05, which could be anyone’s, we arrive at our favourite race type, a 17 runner 3-y-o sprint – oh goody.
We will, under duress, throw two darts at the Pavers Foundation Sprint Handicap at 3.40, they being Aikido at 8-1 and Seven Brothers at 16-1.
Nuff said, on to Chester.
The Racing Welfare Handicap at 1.40 has just five runners and we think that Lost My Sockas well as having a silly name, is over priced at 5-1.
Not a race in which to get too heavily involved, but we suggest a modest each way bet at that price.
Final televised race is the nationalracehorseweek.uk Handicap at 3.20, in which Braveheartsaddles 43% of the runners. Our pick is also the pick of the King Of Chester, Franny Babyand we recommend an each way bet on Love Is Golden at 9-2.
Back from Tuesday onward, in case there’s a decent meeting on.
Queens Carriage 2.15 Sandown 1pt e/w @ 7-1
Dogged 2.50 Sandown 1.5pts e/w @ 6-1
Arctic Fox 2.00 York 1.5pts e/w @ 9-2 (2 places)
Gifted Ruler 2.35 York 1pt e/w @ 5-1 (4 places Paddy/Betfair)
Aikido 3.40 York 1pt e/w @ 8-1 (5 places)
Seven Brothers 3.40 York 1pt e/w @ 16-1 (5 places)
Lost My Sock 1.40 Chester 1pt e/w @ 9-2
Love Is Golden 3.20 Chester 1.5pts e/w @ 9-2 (3 places Ladbrokes/Coral)