By Kevin O'Malley www.tote.co.uk
Yarmouth hosts an interesting card on Wednesday, and I have a couple of outside fancies to consider early on in the afternoon.
Catterick kicks off at 4.30pm and there is one horse running in a maiden race that is well worth a second look. Evening racing also takes place at Naas on Wednesday and you can enjoy all of the twilight action on Racing TV.
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Saeed Bin Suroor’s My Vision wears cheek-pieces for the first time in this maiden handicap over just shy of 1m4f on Wednesday.
He’s been knocking on the door of a win and this might just be his opening. He probably isn’t the most straightforward though and, all told, the top of the market is worth taking on.
Eve Johnson-Houghton is a trainer I like to keep on side. Although she’s only managed two wins from 30 runners in the past fortnight, nearly 60 per cent of her runners are “running to form”, which indicates that the string is in better shape than a recent 7 per cent strike-rate suggests.
BEALACH is still a colt and may need both gelding and more time until we see the best of him. However, his first try at this distance last first time out a fortnight ago was a clear step back in the right direction following a couple of poor efforts.
The handicapper dropped him another pound for his run in fourth place and a mark of 72 here makes him a fairly-handicapped horse if he can build on that pipe-opener.
Tom Clover struck with a useful juvenile called Fairy Dust at Windsor on Monday and the Newmarket trainer can land another winner on Wednesday if CRAIGBURN can get his act together in this six-furlong handicap.
Last time out at Lingfield, something was clearly amiss, as the Casamento gelding was terribly keen and ran no race at all.
Craigburn is probably better judged on his effort here at Yarmouth last month, where he finished a staying-on second over five furlongs. He clocked a good speed figure in defeat there and if he’s able to reproduce that form - perhaps with a little improvement over the trip - he is a well-handicapped horse.
It always takes a leap of faith to forgive a poor run, but the Clover yard hitting a bit of form this week narrows the jump to a manageable distance. Hopefully the selection can bounce back here under the assured hands of Jack Mitchell, who is operating to a 23 per cent strike-rate just now.
Finally, we look to the second race at Catterick, where the Adrian Nicholls-trained TOPPER BILL is taken to improve on a pretty good debut run over this trip at Thirsk last month. Bare form figures suggest the horse has around 8-10lb to improve in order to match the best form shown by the market leaders.
However, Topper Bill recorded a comparatively good time in defeat there, which gives us a solid enough indication that he can improve on this second run.
Kevin Ryan’s Infant Hercules probably has the best form and rates as the most likely winner, provided he can secure a decent position from stall nine. Myboymax would be next best on the dangers list, while Master Of Brazil may just be the weakest of those heading the market.
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