Betting expert Dave nevison shares his fancies for QIPCO British Champions Day and also likes a trio running at Catterick. Watch both meetings live on Racing TV.
QIPCO British Champions Day is very worthy of the name and Saturday’s action is the best afternoon’s racing I can recall this year.
I am firmly in the Trueshan camp in his attempt to retain his Long Distance crown and probably with Art Power in the sprint, but the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes has me spinning and I will just be an interested observer.
I have a feeling we may be seeing Sunray Major, who is a short price for the Balmoral Handicap, in one of these big races next term.
He’s one of my four fancies on Saturday, starting with:
2.30 Catterick: Coase
Looks as though he is ready to win again. The headgear probably livened him up a little too much last time but that was over a mile and this drop to 7f might be just what he needs.
He was beaten by an in-form rival two starts ago and he still ran well at Pontefract last time despite not lasting home at that stiffest of tracks. There is plenty of pace on the inside here and I expect him to be able to travel comfortably before hopefully being produced late on.
3.40 Catterick: Militia
Can record a third win at Catterick for this year and, as I said the last time he won here, if he breaks well he wins.
It did work out last time I tipped him up and, even though he is 5lb higher, I am not really concerned about the rise as he has run well off marks in the 80s before.
Militia seems to get on particularly well with Graham Lee, who is back on board. With a swift start, the combination will take some stopping.
4.30 Ascot: Sunray Major
This horse is simply not a handicapper and I am confident this will be his last run in this grade.
He would seem to have everything in his favour in attempting to follow up after he bolted up in a big field here over 7f last time out. He is drawn high, which looks to be where the pace is likely to be, and certainly had no problems with soft ground last time out.
He arrives here fresher than most with two runs, both resulting in impressive victories. Sunray Major’s penalty takes him up to a mark of 101 but if I fancy this half brother to Kingman might have at least a stone in hand.
4.50 Catterick: Lord Torranaga
Ryan Sexton is starting to get a few outside rides and the 5lb that he claims against other apprentices here might prove invaluable.
Lord Torrenaga showed last time that he does not have to lead to go well. He will be suited by the step up in trip and provided he doesn’t get into an unnecessary battle for the lead I expect him to stay on well.
He is back down to his last winning mark and has performed with credit off higher recently.
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