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Rizzel drew a blank day on Sunday, he attempts to make a good start to the week with two selections coming from Wolverhampton and Brighton. After a morning inspection, racing action at Windsor has been called off.
After nearly four years without a win, I think MO HENRY could be visiting the winner’s enclosure, after consistently running well in defeat in recent runs.
This 9yo veteran looks to be on a nice mark, and his recent efforts suggest he should be winning a race of this nature very soon. He has primarily raced over 6f throughout his career, and often looks like he has a good chance, but his efforts do not quite last the distance. I think that a well-run 5f will suit him best. He is often held-up, which is a concern over 5f on the all weather as it does tend to favour horses who raced prominently. However, this race does seem to have a few pace angles, and it would be great if they get racing early, or fight for the lead, which will set a strong pace, so horses who sit off the pace will collar them late.
The jockey booking of 7lb claimer Ryan Sexton is an interesting one. Ryan is an apprentice jockey for the Peter Fahey yard in Ireland, so to see him come over for this ride seems a little strange. He has not had many rides but did win on his only ride in the last 14 days, winning on a 14/1 chance for his boss Peter Fahey. Mo Henry is his only booked ride for the foreseeable future, so you would imagine that this horse must be going close, as he would not be coming to England for no hoper, especially with how hard it is to travel.
Mo Henry’s form seems to be quite strong. He finished behind Highjacked, who has been a runner-up and won since. The form of the Ayr race where he finished 5th is starting to work out, with the 2nd horse winning twice and the 4th finishing horse winning once.
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SUMMER’S KNIGHT screams out to me like a typical Sir Mark Prescott improver from 2 to 3.
Like most of Sir Mark’s horses, he campaigns them over much shorter than ideal distances in their juvenile season, which gets them a nice handicap mark because of that, and then he capitalises on the low mark and gets them to go on a winning spree over the course of a few weeks when they are 3yo. People call him a genius; I would rather say that he swindles the system, and any trainer could/can do it if they get the ammo.
Summer’s Knight has a good pedigree for middle distance trips, being by Camelot and out of a Group 3 placed Mare, who has produced a couple of nice horses.
He seems like a horse who will rack up quick wins. This claim is enhanced by the fact that this horse has multiple entries in the next couple of days, which suggests that they think he will win easily, and will be better to run under penalties than wait for the handicapper to reassess his mark, which would be much higher than then penalties.
Often, Sir Mark’s horses are well found in the market, especially ones like this, who look like a handicap blot, so you will not be getting great value.
Sir Mark also has a decent record at the track (5-19 26%).
12:50 Newmarket - Race: 2
13:00 Haydock - Race: 3
13:05 York - Race: 1