Tony Calvin's top tips for Sunday: Dolly can take advantage of handicap mark

By Tony Calvin
Sat 8 Jun 2019

Flat racing on grass on a Sunday, surely my eyes deceive me.

A positive rarity, so I am taking advantage with three bets at Goodwood.

I will stick to just the trio of punts on the “Sussex Downs”, though if you are looking for bets at Perth, I was half-tempted by Green Zone and Indian Temple at the Scottish track.

As has been the case for the past few weeks, the weather has had a major impact on the ground – Goodwood is soft after 24mm of rain in 24 hours up to Saturday morning, and Perth is good to soft with more wet weather due – and obviously you have to factor that in.

And, if you are betting each-way with the fixed-odds firms, expect non-runners, too.

Unfortunately, my selection in the 2.00 - Charles Molson - has now been scratched, but I still have two other fancies on the card. Good luck.

4.10 Goodwood: Quench Dolly at 10-1 with Coral and Ladbrokes

Quench Dolly has been given a big chance by the handicapper, having been dropped 6lb for just two runs this season, and I saw enough in her run here from the off the pace last time to suggest that she is worth chancing. She was not ideally placed there at any stage, either.

She is now 5lb lower than for her Windsor victory last year and she returns to the scene of her best effort to date, when winning by three lengths in the soft over course and distance - off a 10lb higher mark than this - in August 2017.

Indeed, she is two from three at this track and I am happy to side with the grey off this mark in these conditions.

She often needs a few runs to get herself sharp and ready (won on his fourth start in 2016, third in 2017 and fifth in 2018), so let’s hope today is the day.

5.15 Goodwood: Sir Busker at 11-2 with Paddy Power

If ever a horse was crying out some headgear, it was Sir Busker at Ascot last time, where he did the hokey cokey and didn’t appear to know what it was all about in the final 2f, and that was strange for a horse having his seventh start.

He jinked left and right there, and could never get on an even keel, so he did pretty well to finish fourth.

He has been dropped 2lb for it to a mark of 77, which helpfully allows him to get into this 0-75 handicap, and hopefully the first-time visor will sort him out, though William Knight, who had a winner here, wearing a visor, on Friday night - is only 3 from 24 with this headgear option since 2012 - though that is the standard strike-rate, to be fair.

Sir Busker will handle the ground, ran well when second here last season, and looks well handicapped on his Newbury juvenile win on good to soft in a fair time.

He will do for me.

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