3.50 Newbury – Betfred Hungerford Stakes
Sticky ground may see Gregorian underperform here today while Chill The Kite may be vulnerable in a small field with little pace on. This may leave the door open for BRETON ROCK who loves to get his toe in. David Simcock’s inmate is a consistent horse when the mud is flying and while he does have a bit to find with the aforementioned favourite he may handle today’s ground better than most. The long Newbury straight should suit him and hopefully he can be produced late to score. Fingers crossed the ground doesn’t dry up too much.
1pt win BRETON ROCK @7/2 (general)
3.55 Newmarket – Betfair Supports Racing Welfare Handicap
Stepping-up in trip on soft ground may see Winter Thunder struggle today and at odds-on I’m willing to take him on with the classy FATTSOTA. On his day he was rated as high at 107, but today runs off a mark of 98. He’s not as good as he was, but his latest effort at Haydock showed him to still be more than useful. Over a trip short of his best and on ground quicker than ideal he put up a nice performance to run fourth. He likes to lead or be up with the pace and I’m hoping he can still a march on the favourite, who looks like he’ll be held-up and outstay him late.
1pt win FATTSOTA @6/1 (Bet Victor, StanJames)
4.00 Ripon – attheraces.com Handicap
The return to a turning track and aggressive tactics may see BARTACK get his head in front again. He’s been pretty consistent for connections and interests me on the back of his second last run at York. That day he went off pretty quick and was still travelling well before his early running found him out late in the straight. The long and exposed York straight probably didn’t help and returning to a track like Ripon he can hopefully go close. Daniel Tudhope is back aboard today and maybe stronger handling is needed once more. Hopefully he hits the gates quick.
1pt win BARTACK @7/1 (Sky Bet), 13/2 (Bet Victor, Paddy Power, StanJames, William Hill)
4.15 Doncaster – Betfred Bingo Handicap
The return to seven furlongs can see SECRETINTHEPARK run well today. Ed McMahon has always thought a fair bit of this four-year-old, but things haven’t exactly gone to plan for him, for whatever reason. It’s encouraging he is coming down the handicap, however and his first run on the campaign was highly encouraging. It didn’t work out for him at Chester two runs back and at York he looked taken off his feet in a good, competitive race over six. He steps back-up to seven today and hopefully that should see him in a better light.
1pt win SECRETINTHEPARK @7/1 (Boylesports, StanJames)