2.45 Beverley: Arnold
Several horses I’ve supported recently turn up in this race. I have no doubt that the likes of Our Little Pony, Melody King (unlucky last time) and Refuge will win more races this season but Arnold did me a big favour at double-figure odds in this race last year and looks to have a good chance of winning this contest for the third time.
Arnold arrives here on the same mark as last season and signalled his turn was near with a very good second at Newcastle on his latest start.
The key to this horse is being able to get a clear run through, as he is invariably dropped out. To do this he needs a strong pace and that is pretty much guaranteed on Thursday. He has a good draw in stall 4 and Shane Gray rides again, so I am happy to have a go.
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3.40 Salisbury: Atlantic Heart
Is still a maiden but is running well enough to think that may well change and this 0-60 is not a strong race
She has been shaping as though a step up to a mile may well bring about a little further improvement and hopefully this stiff track will suit also.
Atlantic Heart is definitely bred for longer trips, being a half-sister to a middle-distance winner, and has been staying on well twice at Chepstow. Hopefully, this will be the key to her losing the maiden tag.Check out our best free bets and betting offers:
4.30 Beverley: Temper Trap
Hits form at this time every year and was winning the same race at Hamilton for the third year in succession on his penultimate start.
He has since bolted up since in an apprentice handicap, earlier this week, and, unpenalised, looks something of a good thing.
He has run good races at Beverley in the past so it is difficult to envisage anything other than another success in what is a modest event.
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