PLATITUDE (4.25) has been given a big chance by the handicapper in the staying contest at Goodwood.
The eight-year-old runs his best races here for local trainer Amanda Perrett, posting a fine third to Stag Horn and Just Hubert in a Class 2 event over two miles here last September. Platitude was bang in the firing line until fading late and this 1m 6f trip is probably perfect. He also ran fourth to Hochfeld over course and distance in another Class 2 handicap the previous month and is now 8lb lower dropping into Class 4 grade.
Prince Imperial couldn't quicken with the principals in the Queen's Prize at Kempton but he scored over this distance at Bath for Richard Hughes last summer. Blinkers are left off today. The unexposed horse is Solar Screen, third in a Newbury maiden last season before switching from Roger Varian to David Simcock.
The 1m 1f handicap at Musselburgh is a real head-scratcher but LITTLE TED (3.05) might be the answer for Tim Easterby and David Allan. He scored over a mile here last summer, following up an earlier victory at Thirsk, and will be straighter for his comeback effort at Pontefract when letting down favourite backers. With plenty of pace on, the race should be run to suit.
Caballero and Ayr Poet are turned out quickly after fine efforts in defeat at Ayr earlier this week. There was a rush of money for well-handicapped Caballero but he was just denied by Midnite Bride. That was over seven furlongs, so this longer trip raises concerns, but the Keith Dalgleish yard continues in marvellous form. Stable companion Finally Mine was behind Engles Rock at Doncaster and she has since disappointed at Beverley. Forseeable Future, second in an amateur riders’ event at Donny six days ago, is due to go up 3lb, so is nicely treated. The form of Tricorn’s Redcar fourth to Greengage has been boosted since but he is a difficult horse to catch.
The 5f sprint looks a burn-up, with trailblazer Mid Winster sure to appreciate the drop in trip after leading, before fading, over six furlongs at both Doncaster and Ripon. Paul Midgley’s mare has the plum draw against the fence but there is the chance she’ll be reeled in by dual course and distance winner VICTORY ANGEL (3.35). Harvey Bastiman’s top weight likes to come through late off a strong gallop, tactics which worked a treat at Beverley 16 days ago. Fashion Advice ran out a clear-cut winner over Afandem here in early April and should confirm places.
*NOTE FROM ADMIN*
Sadly, today's will be Alan's last post with us on the site as he has decided to hanging up his whip and retire from MrFixitsTips.
Thommo has been an integral part of the site for several years and we will miss valued contributions, his knowledge and of course, his multitude of winners on the site.
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