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Dave Nevison: my best bets for Nottingham on Wednesday

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Wed 5 Oct 2022

Our betting expert, Dave Nevison, likes a trio at Nottingham who you can watch live on Racing TV.

1.30 Nottingham: Opticality

There are so many frontrunners in this big field apprentices' handicap that a frantic pace could ensue, which may ultimately play out well for the likes of my selection.

This four-year-old is mostly consistent and was staying on in typical style at the death at Wolverhampton last time and will appreciate the step back up a furlong here. Before that she was narrowly beaten at Ffos Las on soft ground and is clearly able to operate on turf.

She has run well each time when ridden by Aidan Keeley, who is on board again, and has a good chance of at least getting into the frame for each-way supporters - and hopefully getting her head in front for the first time.

4.20 Nottingham: Shaladar

Unquestionably the in-form horse in this race and he has to be the selection being unpenalised for his win last time out at Ayr. He beat Ayr stalwart Tommy G on that occasion, showing he handles these conditions very well, and appears to be in a less-competitive and slightly lower-grade handicap here.

Oisin McSweeney took 3lb off at Ayr, but in this event he can claim his full 5lb allowance which is very advantageous. Stall two is the perfect draw over this mile and he should be able to sit just on the pace. If Shaladar is in the same form as a couple of weeks ago, he can back up his last time out win.

5.30 Nottingham: Strawman

The lightly-raced runners from the Gosden and Varian yards at the front of the market both make some appeal, but at a bigger price, I am hoping to get a big run out of Strawman. Gemma Tutty has had a terrific season and ought to get another win out of this hardy five-year-old by season’s end judging by his latest appearance where he reared coming out of the stalls, but stayed on very nicely at the death to finish a close-up third.

He has dropped 1lb for that effort and now back to the mark he won at in the spring, he may well come on for what was his first run in two months. Improved each-way terms should be available with plenty of firms in this 15-runner contest and I'm hoping he will reward support.

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