A lot of racing is happening today, but it does look a tough day for us Punters. You don't have to bet everyday, so if you're not confident, keep your money in your pocket and don't hand it back to the bookies.
Not an ideal race to be putting a selection in, but I couldn't help but take a chance on Ollie Pears' STARDUST GAMBLER.
Ollie is no stranger to this race, being a previous winner in 2016, but also the fact he sends multiple horses at this most years. This year is no different, as he saddles four in the race, but I think Stardust Gambler is the strongest from his stable. Graham Lee takes the ride, and he is one of Ollie's main riders, which is a positive sign that she is the one to be on from his stable.
I'm not only selecting her for the fact that Ollie targets this race, I think that she has a cracking chance based on her form from her two races. The 1st, 4th, 5th and 6th horses who were in her debut race have all won since, which is a cracking return, and a couple of them have produced RPRs of around 90 which is a good number, and shows that she can mix it with some decent enough horses. The form of her recent run has produced one winner, but it was only a few weeks ago, so there's plenty of time for that to be franked. If truth be told, I think she was disappointing last time out. She travelled the best throughout the race, and for whatever reason she didn't quite pick up, but then stayed on strongly again at the finish, which makes me think a true run race on this track will see her in a better light, especially on quick ground.
Fillies have won this race the last five times it has been ran, which is a good sign for our selection.
Advised: Each Way (5 places PaddyPower)
There is a very good chance that Ispahan could be much better than his current rating of 86, but I'm taking a chance that THAI TERRIER will get an easy lead of things.
With this being a small field, it makes Thai Terrier a much more appealing option, as he is the only known front runner in the race. We've seen on many times before when Joe Fanning gets an easy lead, he can be very hard to catch, especially on these Mark Johnston horses who get the reputation of being tough as old boots. Joe is arguably one of the best front running jockeys in the country, alongside SDS, as more often than not they get the fractions spot on, which I hope will happen today.
This race will be harder than his recent win, as he's been raised 6lbs, as the Simcock horse looks to be on an upward curve, but I think that he could be a worthy horse to side with, against the short priced favourite. In an ideal world, Joe will have a few lengths on the field turning for home, will ramp it up and the Spencer horse, who should be last (like all Spencer rides), will have too much ground to find as Joe would've kicked on.
At the time of writing Thai Terrier is around 5/2, but it wouldn't surprise me to see him drift, as the favourite will probably get a lot of traction.
We're currently on a good run of things, but today looks a tough day. Good luck with whatever you're backing.