Ben Linfoot has a bet for every meeting in the UK on Wednesday, with the nap running on the first day of the St. Leger Festival in Doncaster.
WENTWORTH FALLS – 5.00 Doncaster (NAP)
WENTWORTH FALLS Shaped like a horse that was runner-up in the Gray Horse Handicap last time around and wanted to be back soon.
Geoff Harker’s nine-year-old gray relies on the gaps to appear at the right time, but he loves Town Moor with two of his four lawn wins on this track – off 88 and 89.
He’s fallen from 92 to 81 in the opening season, but this is his first attempt at Doncaster since dropping here in March 90 and he’s too tempting to try his reduced number in a race that should play to his strengths.
Moved to the stands side nine, he’s got a lot of pace all around him, with Look Out Louis, Rewaayat, Bossipop and Teruntum Star all around and he’s thrilled to end with a peppy Indian Connor Beasley.
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ROSIES RETURN – 2.40 Carlisle
Karl Burkes ROSIES RETURN looks good for his handicap debut at the Stripes Nursery Handicap in Carlisle (2.40).
Cityscape’s son appears to be improving in racing and he hit the bull’s eye on the fourth try when he landed a seven-stage Musselburgh maiden in good style under jockey Pierre-Louis Jamin on Wednesday.
He didn’t need to improve his second place at Hamilton to win a poor competition, but it was good to see him put his head forward and the drop to six looks ideal as he was a little astute last time.
Hamilton form got a boost when third home Buckshaw Village ran a great race in second place on Sunday in York, and Rosie’s return will be used to drive Karl Burke’s already impressive strike rate at Carlisle kindergartens (21/78 at 26.92 %) to increase.
CHAMPAGNE NOIR – 1.30 Uttoxeter
Charlie Longsdons BLACK CHAMPAGNE is worth a bet on a break in Division II of the Novice Handicap Hurdle in Uttoxeter (1.30).
The seven-year-old is better known for his fences skills, but he’s underwent wind surgery in his 119 days off and there’s no doubt that in his best efforts as a pursuer at 105 he looks well treated.
He won a beginner chase in Bangor over 110 last October after a 215-day hiatus. Now may be the time to catch up with him.
This might be an eye-catcher for future assignments over the larger obstacles, but it’s too tempting to ignore when he’s done 10 pounds less than his last handicap hurdle.
Rhinoplasty – 4.45 Wolverhampton
It could be a good day for Karl Burke in the nurseries like his Rhinoplasty sees good chances at the Cazoo Fillies’ Nursery Handicap in Wolverhampton (4.45).
The filly by Buratino ran a good race on her handicap debut on this track on August 19th when she finished second behind the eventual Ffos Las winner Astaroth.
She is in slightly better company here but this looks like a poor race for the class and Burke seems to have found a good opportunity to cross the line.
- Mr Tickling 11/8
- Hold through 8/13
- Top secret 5/1
- Bookmark 3/1
- Dreamweaver 9/4 (NAP)
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