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Angus McNae's Sunday selection box: It all adds up to Memyselfandmoi

By Angus McNae
Sat 15 Aug 2020

Four selections once again for you this Sunday at the three tracks covered by Racing TV.

12.30 Market Rasen: Soldier On Parade

This horse has a 7lb penalty to carry following an easy win here at Market Rasen on his second career start. He got a very easy lead that day - as evidenced by the finishing speed percentage of 117.6 per cent - but he impressed with how he quickened away from the others from the home turn and survived a last flight mistake to keep pulling clear.

This is a weak juvenile hurdle with a number of doubtful stayers in opposition. I can see Soldier On Parade making all the running and winning again for the Amy Murphy team.

1.50 Newbury: Confide

Confide remains well treated despite being put up 5lb for finishing second at York last time. He shaped like the best horse in the race on the Knavesmire when travelling strongly off the pace in a steadily run race.

He beat all bar the useful winner, who had enjoyed the run of the race from the front. He can be rated as the winner of that race and as such a 5lb rise does not look too harsh. He has a pedigree that suggests he should be much better than an 84-rated handicapper.

His dam, Confidential Lady, won the Prix de Diane and he is by the excellent sire Lope De Vega. He can win this handicap before going on to better things.

3.35 Newbury: Caroline Dale

Despite modest stable form this classy filly should be supported. She has the best form in the race and speed-figure evidence suggests she is the fastest in here.

Her best two performances have come at Ascot, when third in the Queen Mary over 5f and also third in the Princess Margaret over 6f.

She drops back to 5f here and given her free going nature that looks a positive move. The average winning Timeform rating for this race over the past five seasons has been 112 and that is her current rating with them some way ahead of her rivals. This is an ideal chance for her to get back into the winner’s enclosure.

5.30 Cork: Memyselfandmoi

One for the very end of the afternoon at Cork in the shape of Memyselfandmoi who is having just his third start for Joseph O Brien having previously been with Willie McCreery.

On both starts for his new stable he has shaped better than the bare result. A terrible draw at Gowran Park gave him no chance of showing what he is capable of and he was just gathering momentum from off the pace at the Curragh last time when badly hampered.

Those runs were over seven furlongs which, given his pedigree, would be a bare minimum for him and thus the step up to a mile is a good move. This is only the third time he has had a chance to race off a mark as he was quite highly tried after winning a Tipperary maiden for his former handler and he can prove that a mark of 81 underestimates his ability. He has a good chance here at a decent price.

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