Slightly lower key action for this Saturday, with televised racing from the meetings at Goodwood, Beverley and Newmarket.
Beginning in sunny Sussex, we start with the William Hill Prestige Stakes at 1.50 which has Fairy Cross installed as 7-4 favourite.
Charlie Appleby‘s youngster impressed when winning her maiden at Newmarket and followed that with a narrow defeat in a Listed contest at Sandown with the third 6 lengths away. Given the fire power in the yard, this young lady is the one to be with as a win bet.
The William Hill Handicap at 2.25 is a bit hot, as it should be for the dosh on offer and we think the value is to go each way on Ascot Adventure at 12-1.
Clive Cox has supplied the winner of this race in two of the past three years and his charge is a pound lower than when finishing a very close fifth at Doncaster after a short break. With Adam Kirby unable to do the weight, we get the unstoppable Kieran Shoemark instead and he will do nicely.
At 3.00 the William Hill March Stakes takes place with a 2-9 favourite in the shape of Hoo Ya Mal, which finished 2nd in the Derby at 150-1.
Connections took advantage of that ‘fluke’ by selling the horse for £1,200,000 since when the colt has run at least 20lbs below its official rating in finishing a well beaten 3rd on this track at the end of last month.
On ratings, this wins by half the track, but, in Perfect Alibi, from the all-conquering Haggas yard, we have an improver able to take advantage of any fallibility in the jolly and we suggest a win bet at 4-1.
The William Hill Celebration Mile at 3.35 looks a perfect opportunity for the consistent, if luckless, Mutasaabeq to get his head in front and we suggest a win bash at 11-10.
Oop at Beverley now for the first three races on the card starting with the Joe Rowntree Memorial Handicap at 1.30, in which we have no hesitation in plumping for Tangled at 8-1.
Gemma Tutty‘s 7-y-o is twice a CD winner off higher marks than today’s and all its wins have been in headgear. Its latest two runs have been respectable without the aids, which return today. The outside trap is not brilliant, but this is an out and out hold up horse and Kevin Stott will be riding it for luck – let’s hope he gets some.
The William Hill Silver Cup Handicap at 2.05 has a field of five and the market has it as a match between Post Impressionist and Kitsune Power.
Post Impressionist has been somewhat underwhelming in two handicaps on turf after an excellent run on the AW and connections reach for a tongue tie for the first time. Could make a difference, but we think Kitsune Power is the one to be with.
Roger Varian‘s 3-y-o comes here after an unlucky second at Goodwood and can gain compensation under our friend Kevin Stott. 2-1 is the price.
And so on to the Beverley Bullet at 2.40, which has last year’s winner Tis Marvellous as favourite at 3-1. Not shown any spark in either of its races this season, but may bounce back, but we prefer to recommend each way bets on Ainsdale and Existent at 8-1 and 9-1 respectively.
Both well drawn and should be primed.
Just the one race on telly from Newmarket, the Listed Hopeful Stakes at 3.15.
This was won last year by Summerghand, which was also second in it the year before and turns up today at the top of its form. No surprise, therefore, that we suggest a win bet at 7-2.
We also recommend an each way bet on the Crisford‘s runner Daneh at 7-1.
First appearance as a 3-y-o but with quality form in the book and the lovely ‘Frank’ booked to ride – heaven.
Fairy Cross 1.50 Goodwood 3pts win @ 7-4
Ascot Adventure 2.25 Goodwood 1pt e/w @ 12-1 (4 places)
Perfect Alibi 3.00 Goodwood 2pts win @ 4-1
Mutasaabeq 3.35 Goodwood 4pts win @ 11-10
Tangled 1.30 Beverley 1.5pts e/w @ 8-1 (4 places)
Kitsune Power 2.05 Beverley 2pts win @ 2-1
Ainsdale 2.40 Beverley 1pt e/w @ 8-1 (4 places)
Existent 2.40 Beverley 1pt e/w @ 9-1 (4 places)
Summerghand 3.15 Newmarket 2pts win @ 7-2
Daneh 3.15 Newmarket 1pt e/w @ 7-1