It is a pleasure to be joining some of my Racing UK colleagues to provide you with up to four selections every Wednesday here on the new-look website. It would be even nicer to find a few winners to kick-start my column. Here are my four selections.
2.10 Bath - Golden Salute: This Andrew Balding-trained two-year-old stepped up markedly on his debut effort with a stylish win at Windsor last time. He won that maiden in cosy style and is definitely open to more improvement. The time of the race was good and he was always travelling strongly. He could be fairly useful and this is a step on the road to better things. He will be ridden by an inexperienced claimer, but that should not be a problem given this horse’s superiority over his four rivals.
4.00 Catterick - Glenrowan Rose: This filly looked right back to her best when winning at Hamilton last time. She may have been aided by a track bias that day and this means that she may trade at a bigger price than she should here because punters will believe that her win was purely courtesy of the bias. I think it played only a small part as she travelled very strongly and routed her field without being extended. The time she clocked was good and a repeat is on the cards. She won back-to-back races in 2016 and looks set to do so again in 2017.
5.10 Bath - Waves: Eve Johnson Houghton has had a tremendous season and this filly has a good chance of giving her another winner. The key to fancying her is the fact that she is dropping back to a mile. She shaped well but did not stay ten furlongs last time at Nottingham. She had been an emphatic winner over course and distance in May and a reproduction of that run will see her go very close.
6.35 Sandown - Almoreb: This lightly raced colt won his maiden on soft ground at Newbury in May and has shaped well in two handicaps since. That maiden has worked out well suggesting that Almoreb may be well treated off a mark of 82. He started life in handicaps with a good fourth to Surrey Hope at Sandown, which represented improved form. He then found seven furlongs too sharp back at the Esher track last time. Back to a mile, well treated and progressing he looks set to run a big race under Jim Crowley for the Richard Hannon stable.
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