Neil Morrice brings you all of his best bets and tips for Monday’s racing coming your way from Brighton, Wolverhampton, Ludlow and Windsor.
Race 2 No8 OSCULA (Nap)
Trainer: George Boughey – Jockey: Mark Crehan
This trainer is excelling with his juveniles and in OSCULA appears to have the ready-made answer to the opener. The daughter of rookie sire Galileo Gold tried to blitz them from the front on debut at Kempton but ran out of petrol in the final furlong. It was nevertheless a most encouraging first effort from which she can go one better.
Race 3 No11 NODSASGOODASAWINK
Trainer: Mick Channon – Jockey: Edward Greatrex
NODSASGOODASAWINK is not straightforward and needs to be given the chance to ride her luck behind horses. But importantly she knows how to win, and if finding racing real estate at the business end can collect.
Race 4 No6 PATROON
Trainer: Denis Coakley – Jockey: Cieren Fallon
Taken out last week owing to unsuitable ground. PATROON finds himself in a hotter contest but is worth backing. The gelded son of Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Blame has done well since a midfield finish on reappearance at Leicester, and should not be underestimated.
Race 3 No2 STORM CHASER
Trainer: Mick Channon – Jockey: James Doyle
Hurricane Run filly STORM CHASER is a rangy individual who covers a lot of ground, and may be the key to this on her first run of the season and first for Channon. She showed ability in France last year, and will not find the easy conditions a problem.
Race 6 No1 SAMOOT (Nap)
Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute – Jockey: Jim Crowley
SAMOOT got out of jail to make it two from two this season on handicap debut at Salisbury, scoring with something up her sleeve. The assessor has had his say, but she’s in the right hands to complete a hat-trick on the way to better things.
Race 2 No11 CRACKLE LYN ROSIE (Each Way)
Trainer: Evan Williams – Jockey: Isabel Williams
Although no star, CRACKLE LYN ROSIE improved for the addition of cheek pieces to finish third in a small race at Sedgefield, and ran a solid race when just out of the money behind Beau Haze at Hereford, form that has worked out. Her astute trainer may have found the right race for her.
Race 3 No4 IN OUR DREAMS
Trainer: Alistair Ralph – Jockey: Alex Edwards
While having the better form, Hurdling Magic seems to have a chink in his armour, and IN OUR DREAMS can exploit it. The selection made a promising start to his hurdling career when second at Ludlow, and if progressing from that can give his rival plenty to think about.
Race 6 No4 VALSEUR DU GRANVAL
Trainer: Tom George – Jockey: Ciaran Gethings
The longer Gethings waits, the better his chance of guiding VALSEUR DU GRANVAL safe home as an automatic favourite. The selection likes this course and frequently travels kindly, only to find little off the bridle. However, he will seldom get a better chance of getting his career back on track.
Race 3 No9 SILENT FLAME (Nap)
Trainer: Rod Millman – Jockey: Andrea Atzeni
SILENT FLAME stepped up on her all-weather efforts to open her account in style in easy conditions at Salisbury. The runner-up Danzart gave it a boost when coming home unchallenged at Lingfield, making the Nap look very attractive getting weight all round in this.
Race 6 No5 BAD COMPANY
Trainer: Jim Boyle – Jockey: Pat Cosgrave
Prolific scorer BAD COMPANY is the most interesting in this all-aged handicap, having racked up four straight wins on turf last summer and autumn, including a wide margin delivery over course and distance and a most encouraging reappearance when second to Hms President here earlier in the month. He’s definitely going in the right direction and can win.
Place Accumulator Perm (Races 1-7)
3, 6, 1 x 6 x 9, 3 x 2 x 3, 2 x 5, 3 x 2, 1, 7