Rizzel has opted for four selections on Wednesday, with three happening towards the back end of the day…
Keith Dalgleish is one of the trainers you should follow when he sends his runners on long trips, as he often does extremely well. Today he sends LET ME BE from his Scottish base to Yarmouth, which is a 750 mile round trip, which equals 14 hours of driving.
This horse is clearly on a roll, and is in the best form of his life, and Keith seems to think this race is suitable for him to rack up another win. He's currently on a three timer, and is carrying a 5lb penalty for his recent 7.25 length win at Catterick just over a week ago. 3lb out of 5 which he is penalised, is taken away by the talented Billy Garrity who claims 3lbs, which means he is 8lbs well in from what he will be handicapped as of next Monday. This doesn't looks the deepest of races, and I think it will come down to if Let Me Be doesn't bounce from the a lot of recent racing he has racked up. If this doesn't effect him, he should be tough to beat.
TUKHOOM is looking extremely well-handicapped off old form, off a mark of 62. Late last year he won a race off 81, and earlier in the year he won a Class 3 off 77, so there's clearly still ability in him. Since then, he's ran below par, which has resulted in his handicap mark plummeting to a mark of a 62. The Horse Watchers bought this hose at the start of this flat season, and that gives me the impression that they think they could rack up a sequence of results with this horse. This outfit of Chris/Martin Dixon, who are presenters on RacingTV, are very shrewd, and do well with buying horses like this, and then winning a decent handicap pot with them. Big Country is a prime example of this.
Oisin McSweeney looks to be a promising young rider, and he takes the rides, so in theory Tukhoom runs off a mark of 57 with Oisin's claim taken into consideration. Like the first selection, this race isn't a deep one, and if he can bounce back to a fraction of what he is capable of, this shouldn't be competitive.
I think that the recent form of TAHITIAN PRINCE entitles him to go close in this race. The form of his Doncaster win, in front of Dirty Rascal has worked out quite well. The runner-up has since won twice, including a 5 length easy success, producing an RPR of 103. Also, the third from the Doncaster race has been placed 2x and won once.
I feel like his run was better than his 3rd on the form-books says. The front two got a kick on the rest of the field, and Tahitian Prince had a lot of ground to make up, and when Thore Hammer Hansen knew he wasn't going to get to them, he went easy on Tahitian Prince, but the horse still picked up well and did bridge the gap. The kick around the final bend around Lingfield can be deadly, and it does suit horses who are more to the front. I think on a slightly more conventional AW track like Kempton, he could sit closer to the pace and he'll be able to kick when the leaders do. He's drawn in stall 5, so if he breaks well, I'd like to imagine Sean will get him into a prominent position.
The horse I'm most looking forward to tonight is UTILE, who could be much better than a mark of 87. She was visually impressive on debut at this track last September, where she won by 4.25 lengths to Crown Power. That form now reads quite well, as Crown Power has won and finished third to a horse name Myseven. That horse has since become a 96 rated horse, and looks to be progressive middle distance horse on the AW.
Utile was then disappointing when she was pitched in Listed company, where she completely bombed out and finished last. That was probably too soon in her career for that type of race, as she was still an immature horse, which you could tell from her running action on debut. Her next run came at Newcastle, where the Racing Post marked her run down as a 67 on their RPRs, as she got beat by Amtiyaz, but if you now look at Amtiyaz, you'd say that she probably bumped into another good horse, as Amtiyaz is also now rated in the mid 90s.
I think the time over the winter would've done her the world of good, for her to mature and fill out. She has a great pedigree, and clearly has the ability. This race is full of exposed horses, and I'd take the chance of the unexposed horse who could completely blow them away. It's her first start of the season, so she might need the run, but she won on his seasonal debut last year, so there's no reason why she can't do it again this time.
12:00 Leicester - Race: 1
12:30 Leicester - Race: 2
12:40 Listowel - Race: 1