We have a dark horse to consider at three different meetings on Friday, the first of which runs in the 3.30pm at Haydock. We move up to Hamilton for the second selection, then across to Navan for an interesting pick in their 5f sprint handicap scheduled for 5.40pm.
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John Mackie’s Bertog scored in a good time last time and is entitled to go close here on that Doncaster effort. However, he does face softer ground here, it is a competitive heat and there’s a short turn around plus a 5lb penalty to consider.
With that in mind, I’ll take a chance that top course jockey Richard Kingscote can strike aboard LEO DAVINCI. This four-year-old is having his second outing after wind surgery and although there’s not a lot of room for error from a mark of 72, his handicap rating has slid a few pounds now and conditions here will be more to his liking.
He won a nice race at Redcar on good to soft ground last season and a repeat of that effort here would give the gelding a sound chance of being involved. He stays a little further too, which will help over this 7f trip.
Richard Fahey’s string is in good nick so far and PADDY POWER has what it takes to improve again on his third start of the season. His efforts in 11th and 8th place the last twice hardly inspire a mass of confidence, but he did improve notably from his first run of the campaign to his second, so it’s not unreasonable to expect another step forward.
As you’d expect from a seven-year-old veteran, Paddy Power has stacks of useful form to his name. At this Hamilton meeting last year, he finished a rallying third in a very similar contest from a 5lb higher handicap mark. At this stage, he may just need a little more help from the assessor, but it’s also possible he’s on a very workable perch for this third test of the season.
Finally, yet another horse requiring some forgiveness for a couple of below-par efforts thus far since racing returned. MIACOMET improved a bit for the step back to this 5f trip at the Curragh last time out and another step forward here would give her a fair shout of getting involved, if she’s in the mood.
Softer ground is sure to suit, she’s got course experience and the booking of Ronan Whelan is another positive to note. Miacomet does need to bounce back and a leap of faith is required, but the conditions are right and she’s likely to be a nice price as well.Get your free Racing TV fleece - the latest in our range of high-class Racing TV merchandise! Click here for more details.
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