Angus McNae's Thursday tips: Rolladice and take your chances

By Angus McNae
Thu 27 Sep 2018

Angus McNae was on the money with a 9-1 winning tip last week and has five selections for Wednesday's action at Newmarket, Pontefract and Kempton - all of which you can watch on Racing UK.

A 9-1 winner with Detachment last week has ended a short barren spell here on my regular Thursday column and I am going in all guns blazing with five selections, spread over three meetings.

1.50 Newmarket - Magic Illusion at 11-4 with Betfair, Paddy Power and William Hill:

This son of Dubawi was all the rage to win on his debut at Ascot, where he was sent off the even money favourite.

He failed to live up to his price, finishing a somewhat disappointing fourth and was beaten a couple of lengths.

That market strength should not be lost on us, though, and given his top-class pedigree, he is out of Pimpernel, his latent potential remains intact.

With that experience behind him, and cheekpieces fitted to wake him up, I expect him to show his true worth and leave his debut well behind.

If he does bomb out he may be worth a try on the dirt at Meydan, for he is a half brother to the useful dirt performer Gold Town.

3.35 Newmarket - Cardini at 11-4 with BetBright and Paddy Power:

Despite having already accumulated seven starts as a two-year-old, this Aiden O'Brien juvenile is open to more progression and he can make all in this Group Three under Ryan Moore.

His best career effort to date was in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster last time out, when beaten just over four lengths by Too Darn Hot.

He made the running in that race at a strong gallop, and those tactics have always been a major advantage on the Rowley Mile.

Down in grade and having the run of the race from the front at such a track makes him an attractive proposition.

It should be noted that his sire is Magician, who did not really blossom until his three-year-old career and it may be that Cardini is following suit, improving with each run and set to land this Group Three.

3.50 Pontefract - Rolladice at a generally available 7-2:

I think this horse is well treated off a mark of 76 in his attempt to back-up a recent Nottingham success.

He won that race in a good time, proving very strong at the finish and a step up to 6f here is undoubtedly going to suit.

He has a fair bit of potential as a sprinter, given that prior to his latest win over the minimum trip he had been campaigned over 7f to 1m.

That untapped potential off his mark from a good draw in stall two definitely makes him worthy of support.

4.10 Newmarket - Sevenna Star at 11-2 with Bet365:

After winning at Windsor by 14 lengths this horse went on to land the Sandown Classic trial, before being well beaten in the Derby and the Great Voltigeur at York.

Both of his wins came with ease in the ground and both of his recent defeats came on fast summer ground in top-class three-year-old company.

He steps up in trip now to two miles, which should suit. Soo, too, should the slightly easier ground that he will encounter. It is currently good on the course.

He holds an entry in the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup, which is a clue as to where his trainer, John Gosden, thinks his future lies.

He can become a useful stayer and this is a winnable start for him under Frankie Dettori.

6.15 Kempton - Mark Of Approval at a generally available 6-4:

At Southwell on May 8, 2017 I thought we saw a potential star in the making, but unfortunately he has not been seen since.

Much to my delight he returns at Kempton and I am backing him to overcome his lengthy lay-off for John Gosden.

He has a top-class pedigree in that he is by Belmont Stakes winner Lemon Drop Kid, out of an unraced mare by Speightstown, that suggests he will always be at his best on a dirt or artificial surface.

The way he toyed with his rivals at Southwell last year showed him to be a horse of great potential.

His brother was the very useful Faydhan, who never recovered from an injury at two. It is to be hoped that this sibling can put whatever has ailed him behind him and get back on track.

Any market support would be encouraging, and if all is well I would expect him to go off as favourite here.

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