A busy day of action with five meetings in total, including a high class card from Leopardstown where champion trainer Aidan O’Brien has some potential superstars on show at this early conjunction of the flat season.
We also have a meeting on the all weather from Southwell alongside National Hunt cards from Wincanton and Market Rasen, before our attention turns to a competitive card under the lights at Kempton.
It looks a winnable day for punters and we have highlighted some of the best bets from across the cards.
Trainer Olly Murphy is a trainer to follow at the current time and looks to have found a golden opportunity for EOLIAN to get off the mark this afternoon and should take the beating in the opener from Market Rasen this afternoon.
The 5 yr old has looked disappointing as was fairly decent on the flat for Andrew Balding before making the switch to Murphy’s progressive yard, but has yet to get off the mark over obstacles despite often travelling really strongly in his contests. Last time out at Huntingdon was a career best effort over obstacles, finishing runner up to the well fancied Shanroe Tic Tec and the manner in which he stayed on strongly suggested that this step up in trip could bring the improvement required to finally get off the mark.
He looks the type that could be well handicapped from a mark of 99, and could be a horse to follow once the penny has dropped.
The main danger looks to be market rival Bolister for Gary Moore, but we expect EOLIAN to take the beating and could be well supported once again with a big effort on the cards.
Course and distance form is a huge boost at Southwell, and Declan Carrolls four year old filly HONEY GG clearly loves the track and looks to have found another winnable contest this afternoon as looks to follow up from last weeks victory.
Carroll is a very shrewd handler and should always be respected if there is good money for one of his runners and the 4 yr old has been well backed over today’s trip on numerous occasions, and has been putting up really impressive figures on the clock to suggest that the money hasn’t been misplaced.
Though sent off 8/1 last time out the trainer said afterwards that he was expecting a big run as she was in real fine form at home, and the manner of victory suggested that she should be more than capable of following up from a mark of 65. That was the fillies first run for just over 100days so
you would expect her to strip even fitter this afternoon and if this is the case would expect her to take some stopping.
The main danger could be the track specialist Red Stripes, who is likely to set a good gallop but it is Honey Gg we expect to pick him up late and looks the best bet on the Southwell card this afternoon.
Trainer Gary Moore looks to have numerous chances this afternoon and the best bet on the Wincanton card comes in the handicap chase at 4:15pm where we like the chances of his consistent 8 yr old CHIVERS.
The selection has been really well backed on numerous occasions this season, clearly suggesting the yard there is plenty more to come and well handicapped at the current time, and was once again backed into favouritism last time out when looking to find the 2 miles of Taunton a little on the sharp side. He is a long striding type who will be more suited by the galloping nature of Wincanton and would expect jockey Jamie Moore looks to make all the running once again and look to stretch the field and make the most of his proven stamina.
The looks a much easier contest that he has been competing in recently and if returning to the form he showed when scoring at Fontwell on Boxing day, when once again really well backed, he really should take a lot of stopping with conditions ideal.
Though its not advisable to back horses that have yet to score at odds-on, the standout bet on the evening card from Kempton this evening is the well handicapped PENTLAND LAD who has really improved for the switch to trainer Charlie Fellowes yard and should prove hard to beat from a mark of just 49.
Fellowes wouldn’t have many horses in his yard rated as low as 49, and would expect the lightly raced type to leave this mark well behind over the next few weeks and months as the run over course and distance last time out when third to the well handicapped Run after Genesis suggested there is plenty of potential and the run can be marked up due to the fact the three year old was slowly away and looked a little babyish still.
The booking of Oisin Murphy for the ride shows a real sign of intent, and if he can settle the 3 yr old early doors I would expect the son of Camacho to show a lot of improvement and really should prove hard to beat before moving on to bigger and better things.
This is a typically tight Kempton spring handicap with numerous unexposed types who are likely to be seen moving on to higher class races, but it is hard to look past Pentland Lad who really does look thrown in from this lowly mark.