GOOD LUCK FOX (4.40) can take advantage of a crashing rating in the 5f handicap at Wetherby.
Formerly a speedy sort for Richard Hannon, Good Luck Fox has joined sprint king Paul Midgely and ran a mighty race at Musselburgh 22 days ago when third emerging from stall two, caught out very wide. The first two were drawn 16 and 15 and my selection is well berthed in stall two here. A pitch near the rail is a big advantage around the turning sprint distance.
The 1m 6f handicap pitches recent Southwell protagonists King Victor and Kabuto back into the fray. Today’s fast ground presents a very different test to Fibresand and they are passed over in favour of Keith Dalgleish’s outsider CARN A CHLAMAIN (5.10).
The gelding went off an 80-1 poke at Nottingham 18 days ago in a hot 1m 2f handicap won by favourite Annandale. He wasn’t disgraced in seventh and runner-up Taravara ran John Gosden’s Side Shot close at Doncaster a couple of days ago. At a loud price it is worth taking a chance on Carn A Chlamain’s stamina holding out. The dark horse is The Guvnor, with the son of Frankel stepping into handicap company after three fair all-weather efforts for in-form trainer Tom Clover.
At Salisbury, DREAMWEAVER (4.30) is fancied to land the 1m 4f handicap under Oisin Murphy. Ed Walker’s gelding scored on fast ground at Haydock under today’s rider last August and his third to Humanitarian in the Dubai Duty Free Handicap the following month was another rock-solid effort.
Brasca was no match for useful Boss Power at Wolverhampton but Ralph Beckett’s five-year-old boasts a Chepstow victory on good to firm a couple of seasons ago.