WITH 72-hour declarations on hand, bookmakers are pricing up UK races well in advance. This means punters will need to be on their toes and being clued-up on early market moves is now an essential tool in the betting box.
ALIGNAK (5.05) has the look of a potential comeback winner for Oisin Murphy and Sir Michael Stoute in the 1m 4f handicap at Newcastle.
The son of Sea The Stars impressed Murphy when scoring at Kempton last September and Alignak would appear reasonably handicapped off a 4lb higher mark. The grey put down an early marker at Salisbury last May when chasing home Humanitarian, not disgraced subsequently when finishing seventh in the Derby. Murphy reports himself ‘super-fit’ so Alignak will receive every assistance from the saddle.
Good Tactics represents John Gosden and boasts a course and distance victory last October. Something was clearly wrong when he trailed in a tailed off last at Chelmsford City in December and the market should be informative. The each-way alternative is December Second, but a 10lb rise for his five lengths Haydock victory seems harsh. Dual course and distance winner Ice Pyramid is up 7lb for his latest success in February and is a player.
LUCK ON SUNDAY (6.15) is another interesting Murphy mount. She is a full-sister to Aidan O’Brien’s triple Group 1 winner Alice Springs and cost Phoenix Thoroughbreds two million Euros. That price tag is a colossal millstone around her neck but John Quinn’s filly could well prove a class above her rivals if tuned up for this 1m 2f maiden.
Looking further ahead to Tuesday, MOLL DAVIS (6,00) is well worth a look in the concluding 1m 2f handicap Newcastle. William Hill go 15-2.
George Scott's filly scored at Hamilton and Doncaster last season, and was desperately unlucky when fancied to land a competitive handicap at Glorious Goodwood. Hayley Turner had plenty of horse under her but was repeatedly denied a clear run. She is back on board and Moll Davis, a hold-up performer, should get a nice tow into the race from the likes of habitual front-runner Trevithick.
Likely favourite Medal Winner trounced Damon Runyon at Brighton in July but faces a stiffer task off a 10lb higher perch. Cape Cavalli and Sucellus are very closely matched on Sandown form, while Jus Pires has plenty of solid course form to recommend him. Several firms are going four places each-way in an open affair.
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