Its Tuesday already and the sun is shining at last, and we have 3 meetings in England this afternoon plus one from over at Gowran Park which starts late afternoon.
Domestically the action comes from Pontefract, Exeter and Southwell and below we have highlighted four strong selections from across the cards to hopefully get on over them bookmakers once again.
Pontefract 2:00 – Arctic Sea, 4/1
An interesting opening contest from Pontefract this afternoon where the one to side with looks to be the Paul Cole trained ARCTIC SEA who ranks a cracking bet at the current price of 4/1.
It is not often former Derby winning trainer makes the trek up the motorway to Pontefract but when he does it is always worth noting and has a top strike rate with inmates he sends a fair distance from his Whatcombe base.
The 5 yr-old is looking like returning to some of his best form and was last seen at Chelmsford which was his first run for the year and also his first effort his having the gelding operation. With improvement likely for that seasonal opener all looks set for another big effort.
Arctic Sea looks very capable of scoring from a mark of 71, and with main market rival Billy Roberts drawn wide it is the Paul Cole trained inmate we will side with and looks a fair bit of value at the current price
Exeter 3:10 – Dr Des, 7/2
One of the classiest contests across the cards this afternoon is the 2mile 3 furlong handicap at 3:10pm from Exeter where a horse we have been keeping an eye on over the last few months looks set to run another big race and is the Henry Oliver trained DR DES.
The 8 yr-old drops in grade this afternoon having run with credit in a real hot Class 2 Handicap Chase from Uttoxeter last time out, and with that race being over 3miles on heavy ground this drop in trip could be just what the doctor ordered to get in the winners enclosure.
He is currently rated 12lbs lower than his mark over hurdles so is well capable of picking up a race such as this and if reproducing the form last time out under today’s better conditions should prove hard to beat.
It is a tight affair with the likes of Awake At Midnight and Nikki Steel often popular, but for today’s purposes we will side with Dr Des, who with the blinkers applied could take some stopping.
Pontefract 5:00 – Alfred Boucher, 11/8
Henry Candy is one of the most respected trainers of sprinters in the business and looks significant that he has sent ALFRED BOUCHER up to Pontefract this afternoon from his Wantage yard in the search of breaking his maiden tag.
The well bred youngster has always been well regarded at home, and put up a eye catching run at Newbury on only his second visit to the race track, just falling to get past Sir Busker in a typically strong Newbury maiden. From here he went to Nottingham, in a race that is well worth watching back, with the front four in the market seemingly to be hotly fancied and coming a long way clear of the others with Alfred Boucher being beaten just a short head but the well regarded Mohaather of Marcus Tregnoning’s.
This last effort is a form line really worth following as he winning time suggested the front three could all be group horses and would be no surprise to see them all moving on to bigger and better things over the next few weeks and months.
As mentioned above, Candy would have a number of other opportunities closer to home that he could have aimed the horse at so is significant they are making the long journey and really should take the beating with the likes of Rathbone and Amplify chasing him home.
Exeter 5:15 – Coopers Square, 3/1
Exeter stages another competitive card this afternoon and the best bet on the card looks to come in the 3mile Handicap Chase at 5:15pm where progressive 8 yr old COOPERS SQUARE could be the one to beat and looks a decent bet at the price.
Young trainer Tom Weston landed a massive touch for connections back in February at Huntingdon with the selection, backed from an opening price of 33/1 into 7/1 and winning in really good style from a mark of 74. Since then he has scored another three times, the only mishap coming when unseating the rider at Huntingdon after being sent off odds on.
He was last seen in a competitive looking handicap chase at Warwick when winning in decent style, and though up another 8lbs for this victory you would have to think connections feel they still have a well treated horse on hands and if the jumping holds up is likely to take some stopping once again and notch up the hat trick.
Big Time Frank is a solid yardstick and always seems to run his race, and Kiwi Myth won well last time out for local connections, but you need to side with Coopers Square who looks the type to continue progressing with experience and is the list topper this afternoon at Exeter.