Angus McNae's top tips for Sunday: Steel rates a solid bet at Downpatrick

By Angus McNae
Sat 10 Aug 2019

Three winners from four selections in my column last week and I am hoping for the same again on Sunday.

It looks a tricky day of racing, but I have two selections at Leicester, one at Downpatrick and one at Windsor. Best of luck.

3.15 Leicester: Maktabba at a general 11-10

This filly still looked raw when winning at Lingfield last time out and could easily have a lot more to give now handicapping.

She beat a decent horse called The Very Moon who had run really well at Doncaster on her previous start.

The time was not flash, but the raw potential was there for all to see. She will not be a big price but should get us off to a winning start to the day and hopefully provide William Haggas with his first of two winners on the day.

3.35 Windsor: Grandfather Tom at 9-4 with Bet365

This horse won in good style at Nottingham recently and the manner of his cosy success - and the time he posted - means that he has a tremendous chance of going in again.

Robert Cowell has his team in good form and a 6lb rise should not stop this horse who looks set to bully his rivals off top weight here in the last 0-75 handicap that he may get to race in for a while.

3.50 Leicester: Aplomb at a general 5-4

I am hoping this will be the second leg of a William Haggas double after Maktabba has obliged earlier on the card.

This three-year-old returned to sprinting two starts ago at Nottingham where he was a ready winner.

Next time out at Newmarket he ran well in a much better race than this despite being on the unfavourable part of the track. He steps back down in grade here and can resume winning ways.

4.30 Downpatrick: Canadian Steel at a general 5-2

This horse is absolutely thriving at the moment and is something of a course specialist, whether chasing or hurdling.

He travels very strongly in his races and was a ready enough winner at this track last time out. He still has handicapping scope off a rating 7lb higher than his previous win and looks sure to go close again in this small field.

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