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Dave Nevison's top tips for Wednesday: Milliner ready to master rivals

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Wed 2 Sep 2020

Our top tipster, fresh from two winners - at 11-10 and 17-2 - on Tuesday, is back to mark your card for Wednesday's racing action at Bath.

There is Group Three action at Gowran Park on Wednesday with the Coolmore Stud No Nay Never Fairy Bridge Stakes taking centre stage, and the eight-race card will be shown live on Racing TV.

There is a definite dip in the quality of racing in Britain on Wednesday afternoon but decent sized fields for modest handicaps at Bath and hopefully these three can run well.

2.00 Bath: Cappananty Con

Cappananty Con know this course well and was a well-backed winner for this column shortly after the resumption of racing.

This is probably the most competitive handicap he has run in on turf, but he has bagged a decent draw in stall two and I believe he could still be well in on this surface compared to the all-weather.

He has been ridden by an apprentice for all his victories for his current yard and Keelan Baker takes a handy 5lb off here.

Baker is a jockey who is being used by a wide variety of mainly west-country trainers and is getting plenty of rides, so is clearly well thought of.

There are only 15 runners in this contest but I expect a few bookies might be paying an extra place, so that is worth looking out for.

3.00 Bath: Capla Spirit

Tyler Heard is certainly an apprentice being noticed and even though he overdid the waiting tactics last time I tipped one of his, he wouldn’t have won on the well-named Gas Monkey however he had ridden him at Sandown.

Heard won on this sprinter last time out and with a good draw again here, Capla Spirit has a very good chance to follow up under a penalty.

His rating - even with the penalty - won’t be what beats him and his young jockey will have to focus on holding his position in the early part of the race, but I am hoping he has hit form now for this season and can live up to the promise of his runs last season.

4.35 Bath: Master Milliner

I still think this horse could be a well handicapped middle-distance handicapper, though I might be running out of excuses if he disappoints again here.

He was well fancied on his reappearance at Sandown following an eye-catching run on his final start last season where he drifted ominously in the market and found himself too far back once the pace quickened.

The application of cheekpieces seemed to fire him up a little too much last time out and they have been quickly dispensed with. A slight drop in trip and a 2lb drop in the weights gives him every chance to start repaying faith in his ability.

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