Dave Nevison's Tuesday tips: Ice Lord ready to warm to his task

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Tue 30 Jun 2020

Athough this week ends with some fantastic racing there are a few meetings running up to the weekend reminiscent of the old banded races, or bandit racing as I disaffectionately remember them.

They are very clearly serving a purpose in terms of providing opportunities but Tuesday's Leicester card has me beaten in terms of finding a bet. I definitely think there are possibilities at Musselburgh, though, and Doncaster also has some appealing races.

1.15 Musselburgh: Logi at 9-2 with William Hill

This horse has looked well handicapped for a while and I backed him each-way against a supposed handicap good thing last week. He ran well enough in beating the long-odds-on shot Ginger Max who ran a stinker and just plugging on well enough to get third place, which was a relief.

I doubt he will ever recapture the form that enabled him to win off a mark of 79 in 2018 but obviously running in this grade off 58 he does not have to - especially as there does not appear to be any improvers lurking.

Bibbidibobbidiboo and Ghathanfar will both win races at this level but I am pretty hopeful Logi’s turn has come here.

2.00 Doncaster: Ice Lord at 5-1 with bet365

This is another that I supported each-way on his reappearance and was grateful when he stayed on well to be third.

Like Logi, he had spent much of last season running moderately and getting his mark down and definitely has potential to win off this mark. He was another who drifted markedly in the market last time but still ran well so I am hopeful that mean there is potential to improve for the run.

The opposition is made up entirely of sprinters with poor recent win records, who have struggled against their mark in recent runs. Ice Lord clearly looks one of the most likely to score again soon.

3.45 Musselburgh: Moonlighting at 5-2 with William Hill

Watch how Moonlighting delivered at Thirsk last time

Despite drifting out from favouritism to a big price last time out at Thirsk, it didn’t stop Moonlighting winning.

Chris Dixon, who was on duty for Racing TV that day, commented that she had physically grown a fair bit since last year which makes me think there should be better still to come from her.

The handicapper has taken a sympathetic view of the form and only raised her 2lb for that win but there has already been a winner come out of the race and I have a feeling the race and Moonlighting may have been slightly underestimated. She can follow up.

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