A very busy racing day on Tuesday, with seven meetings happening in the UK and Ireland. We head to Ayr, Lingfield & Fakenham for our selections.
ALQAMAR is an interesting recruit to jumps racing. This son of Dubawi has already raced once over hurdles, where he finished 2nd to a progressive horse called Word Has It, who has since won again, and is now rated 130.
That run was a good first run over timber, as it was his first run in over 800 days. He has not been seen since, which seems a little strange, but due to his time off the track I think James Moffatt wanted to look after him and find him a nice opportunity.
He was previously trained by Charlie Appleby, as part of their Godolphin team, and he was a decent horse on the flat, being as high as 93 rated. He stayed 2m on the flat, so the distance is not a worry, and the forecasted rain should not be an issue as he has run nice races on soft ground before.
With question marks around a few of the horses in this race, I think BAFANA BLUE is a strong contender. Running off a mark of 118 makes him well handicapped on some of his old form, as he was rated as high as 130. He will not mind if the rain arrives, and he will stay the 3m trip, as proven again when staying on strongly in his recent win at Wetherby at the start of April.
An interesting bumper race to conclude the day up at Ayr, with some potentially nice horses. My eye was immediately drawn to Stuart Crawford’s runner, KINGFISHER LANE. This horse only ran a few days ago in one of the bumpers at the Punchestown festival, and he was not disgraced in finishing 5th. It is up for debate about the form as no other horse in the race has raced since, but the fact it was at the Punchestown festival, I would like to think it was a hotly contested race. If he is not fatigued from that race, I would like to think he will be a major player in this race.
CRACK REGIMENT is a very interesting runner for the Henry Spiller stable. Since acquiring this horse from the French stable H-F Devin, Henry has campaigned this horse primarily in France. However, on his first start he was pitched into a race at Kempton, and I would advise watching that race back. On that day Crack Regiment was positioned towards the back, was travelling the best, but on multiple occasions had no where to go, ultimately finishing 6th. The form of that race has not worked out badly at all…
• 1st Pretty In Grey – Since won twice (now rated 92)
• 2nd Karabana – Since won twice (now rated 91)
• 4th Dashing Roger – Since won 3x (now rated 94)
He has not run badly in France as well, being placed 2x and winning a handicap over 1m 2f. The time off the track does not worry me that much as he often runs well when fresh.
Advised: Each Way
A competitive staying race, but I like the chances of FRIENDS DON’T ASK, in the Norfolk National. Martin Smith has clearly had this race in mind for some time, and this has been the target. He won a “Double Up Bonus Race” late last year at Fakenham, which coincides with this race, as this is also a bonus race. On that day he would easily and showed that he was a strong stayer at this trip. He is in good form, which he showed when winning at Fontwell at the back end of March.
Advised: Each Way