Our pundit Dave Nevison has three fancies at Nottingham and Kempton on Wednesday live on Racing TV. Enjoy more action from Punchestown and Wetherby, with dedicated coverage on Racing TV Extra.
Oisin Murphy and William Buick feature in head-to-heads throughout the card at Nottingham. Though it may well be over before we get to the handicaps, I definitely think Buick has a better hand in the races at the end of the card if he’s still in with a shout of the championship.
4.25 Nottingham: Raasel
This lightly-raced sprinter looks one to be with.
Like Murphy’s mount here Natural Path, Buick’s ride Raasel has won his last two races showing strength and determination when challenged. However, he has a few added positives.
Raasel is a five-furlong specialist, whereas Natural Path is trying the trip for the first time. Also, he has scored over this course and distance and shown that he acts on soft ground if the rain comes.
4.55 Nottingham: Mehmo
He’s definitely not the most reliable, but he’s been more hit than miss on his recent runs and ran particularly well under William Buick three starts ago when second at Leicester.
Mehmo also ran better than his finishing position suggested last time under the stable apprentice (a late switch for Buick) so I’m happy to go along with Mehmo currently being on good terms with himself.
I feel a strongly-run race up a straight track will be perfect for him, especially as he is drawn close to the pace. Buick will obviously be aware that he can start slowly and should be able to steer this undeniably awkward customer into a place at least.
7.30 Kempton: Prize Fighting
Prize Fighting is a maiden in a handicap, but he could be well-in with possibly still some more to come against exposed rivals.
His latest runs came three months apart but, despite the absence, was backed into 5/2 favourite and beaten less than a length over a mile here. He certainly got the trip (he’s only ever run over a mile) but raced as if dropping down to seven furlongs would do him no harm. It’s definitely worth a try and he has a good draw to sit just in behind the pacesetters here.
The cheekpieces that were on for his two good runs are persisted with and Adam Kirby has been placed on him twice in the past 12 months.
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