Angus McNae's top tips for Thursday: Highway ready to motor home

By Angus McNae
Thu 13 Jun 2019

With all the rain that is falling, finding winners over the past week or so has required some out of the box thinking. Hopefully the ground will dry up for the Royal Meeting at Ascot next week, although the forecast is not looking great.

After On the Warpath won at Newmarket in May, I mentioned in my weekly column on racingtv.com that I fancy him for the Wokingham.

Nothing has changed my mind since then and hopefully he will take his chance in that race as he would rate as one of my better fancies at the meeting.

I managed to find a couple of winners last week and I am keeping my fingers crossed that I can better that on Thursday with two selections from Nottingham and two from Newbury. Good luck.

3.15 Nottingham: Brian The Snail

I am not kidding myself that this horse is completely straightforward, but I do recognise that he is well treated and, following a win at Doncaster last time, he is back to form.

Off a mark of 86, he was a cosy winner in a 0-85 contest last time out and, now off a 6lb higher mark, he has a good chance of following up in this 0-90 race.

The ground will be soft, but he has won before on heavy ground and the surface will be no excuse.

Moon Trouble will provide significant opposition following his latest Chelmsford win, but Brian the Snail’s win in a fast time last time out gives him an outstanding chance.

4.10 Newbury: Urban Highway

This horse was a fine second to Tone The Barone at Windsor in a fast time last time out, and given that the pair pulled three lengths clear of the third, I am happy to side with Urban Highway in a very similar contest.

He may still be a maiden but seems to have done little wrong and his last two runs have been very promising.

Off a rating of 63, he will surely go well here for Tony Carroll who does very well with horses at this level.

4.20 Nottingham: Tadaany

I think this horse is gradually finding his feet this season and looks ready to strike now. A decent second at this track last time out - having been well backed - was a big improvement on his previous two starts this season and I expect him to take another step forward here.

It could be argued that he would have won last time with a more judicious and patient ride and, if his effort is better timed here, he will be quite hard to beat in a modest contest.

4.40 Newbury: Group Stage

This horse hails from the in-form Alan King yard and looked primed for a big future effort when second to Jackamundo at Nottingham on his handicap debut.

Jackamundo has won since giving the form a solid look. The step up to 12 furlongs should suit Group Stage and the soft ground will pose no problem.

Off a rating of 71, this horse still has plenty of scope in handicaps plus is lightly raced and open to improvement.

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