Neil Morrice brings us his best bets and tips for Tuesday’s racing at Pontefract, Wolverhampton, Uttoxeter and Brighton.
Race1 No5 BONITA B
Trainer: Mick Channon – Jockey: Tom Marquand
There’s not much of BONITA B, but this track with its stiff uphill finish should play to her strengths on nursery debut. She was too green at Brighton last time, taking a while to get the hang of things but staying on well at the finish.
Race 3 No2 DALANIJUJO (Each Way)
Trainer: Mick Channon – Jockey: Ben Curtis
One of the hard-luck stories from Royal Ascot, DALANIJUJO is a sporting investment to get into the money in this step into Listed company. The Night Of Thunder filly met all sorts of trouble in running in a Class 2 handicap at that meeting, and would in different circumstances have finished in the first three. In order to justify our support, she needs a top-three finish in her quest for black type, and it could happen.
Race 4 No3 BARBILL
Trainer: Mick Channon – Jockey: John Egan
Widespread rainfall in Yorkshire is good news for BARBILL, who is a far better horse when able to get his toe in. His ninth placing in the Wokingham was a better run than it appears on paper, and now in a smaller field and drawn well he can show with an overdue win that he’s dropped to a workable mark.
Race 5 No3 CORONATION COTTAGE
Trainer: Malcolm Saunders – Jockey: Oliver Stammers
CORONATION COTTAGE is a mare running into form. Her stable could do with a winner, but she’s the type to provide it from a good draw in this sprint around a left-hand bend. Her latest effort at Newbury suggests she’s on the cusp of a first success in almost a year, while she’s a dual winner here.
Race 7 No6 LOVING DASH (Nap)
Trainer: James Fanshawe – Jockey: Daniel Muscutt
Lope De Vega filly LOVING DASH has the wherewithal to take down two previous winners in this fillies’ novice stakes. She put in a much-improved showing in a first time hood against Deep Snow at Salisbury and can open her account in colours that have been synonymous with some smart fillies over the years.
Race 1 No1 I’M SO BUSY (Nap)
Trainer: Dr Richard Newland – Jockey: Sam Twiston- Davies
Although opening his account in a weakly contested maiden hurdle over course and distance, the exercise should have given I’M SO BUSY a leap up the confidence ladder. This probably isn’t a warm contest either, and the grey gets the Nap vote to follow up.
Race 4 No2 DINO VELVET
Trainer: Alan King – Jockey: Alexander Thorne
Connections of DINO VELVET have taken a long time to switch the gelding to fences, but it will hopefully prove worth waiting for. The strong traveller spent a long time at the wrong end of the handicap over hurdles, his latest success happening in March of 2019. Interestingly, the cheekpieces he’s worn the last twice are not in evidence.
Race 2 No3 CLIFFORD (Each Way)
Trainer: Mick Channon – Jockey: David Probert
Carded to go off the rank outsider, CLIFFORD is a name to conjure with and especially if there are eight runners. The chestnut failed to menace in a Salisbury race that has worked out well and will know more of what’s required on this second career start.
Race 5 No4 SELECTO (Each Way)
Trainer: Mick Channon – Jockey: Edward Greatrex
SELECTO has taken a while to find his bearings since joining his trainer at the start of the season. However, he raised his game in first-time cheekpieces to finish third behind Order Of St John at Leicester and has taken those exertions in his stride.
Race 7 No1 ANJELLA (Nap)
Trainer: William Muir – Jockey: Cieren Fallon
ANJELLA absolutely hacked up at Leicester on Saturday and should have little difficulty completing a turf hat-trick under a 6lb penalty before she gets reassessed. On current form, it will take an unexpected step backwards for her colours to be lowered.