I am looking forward to covering the Redcar card on Friday, aiding Chris Dixon who will be on the course. I’ve got a couple of fancies there plus another in the handicap sprint at Haydock.
1.45 Haydock: Edgewood
I fancy he can make amends for a disappointing finish last time in a race that looks set to be run to suit him better.
He needs a strong gallop, which didn’t happen last time but looks on the cards here.
Julie Camacho is going to be among probably just a few trainers who remember the 2020 Flat season fondly as her team have been in good form throughout and this four-year-old has already improved a stone this year.
I believe he could progress further and feature in decent sprint handicaps next year.
2.35 Redcar: Real Smooth
I haven’t quite landed a touch with this horse at chunky odds on his past two starts but I do feel there is a strong case for sticking with him, even though he will now more than likely go off favourite after his big-priced second on his latest start.
He is off a 4lb lower mark here and his bang in-form trainer has booked an excellent 5lb claimer in Ray Dawson so clearly means business.
The ground, if anything, helped bring about improvement so that will not be an issue and it is likely there will be a good pace for him to aim at as well.
His main rival Highfield Princess has gone up a lot in the weights and is unproven on this ground so is worth taking on.
5.05 Redcar: Temper Trap
The Easterby family are well represented as ever in this amateur riders’ event but things seem very likely to be set up for Temper Trap to run well.
A strong pace looks guaranteed with a few in the field who like to get on with things. His jockey is very competent and will obviously know the horse so hopefully he will not end up going very wide as happened last time out behind the well-handicapped Bad Company.
He stays this trip and goes in the ground and looks set to go well having been dropped 1lb in the ratings.
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