PUNTERS who backed KODIAC PRIDE (6.10) at Salisbury on Sunday were cursing their bad luck when the saddle cloth slipped off near the line with the race safely in the bag.
That led to automatic disqualification and Sir Mark Prescott turns his gelding out again quickly in slightly higher grade at Wolverhampton. Kodiac Pride is clearly in the form of his life as five days before that Salisbury mishap he had hacked up by more than five lengths at Lingfield. He is due to go up 7lb in future so connections are striking while the iron is hot and stall two is perfect.
Hajjam rates the main danger on the strength of his neck defeat at the hands of Harrison Point at Ayr, with Oisin Murphy in the saddle.
There are a couple of cracking bets on the Beverley card. PHOENIX APPROACH (4.45) re-appears under a penalty following his emphatic course and distance success eight days ago. David Allan was content to sit well off a strong gallop before unleashing his mount to power away through the final furlong. On the same card, Mark Johnston’s Puckle made all to pip Dangeroffizz in the second division of 1m 2f handicap and this tough filly will ensure a sound pace to attack.
HUA MILAN (5.15) was allowed to go off at a big price here last week but belied her odds in no uncertain terms, bounding clear of another improving filly, Bollin Margaret. Keith Dalgleish has wasted no time in finding Hua Milan another winning opportunity.
LARGO BAY (1.45) is well worth a market check in the nursery at Kempton. The Richard Hughes-trained colt hasn’t been knocked about prior to being awarded today’s handicap mark of 61 and I suspect he is capable of better things.
There are several potential classy types contesting the 1m 4f Novice Stakes, with Hughes responsible for BRENTFORD HOPE (4.55). The colt won a Newmarket maiden by five lengths on soft ground last October and good things were expected on his comeback run at York last month. Things didn’t go to plan for the 6-4 favourite after a slow start and Brentford Hope could never land a blow behind Pablo Escobarr. That appeared a strong contest and he deserves another chance.
Casting Vote landed the odds in style at Windsor and the fourth horse has come out to score by five lengths, so that was probably a strong piece of form. My Frankel justified 11-10 odds when scoring at Leicester, although runner-up Nasraawy was later turned over by a 73-rated rival in a maiden handicap at Yarmouth. Dubai Welcome’s neck second to On Guard at Yarmouth in June reads well enough and the Godolphin colt is another to make appeal in what should be an informative event.
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