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Some decent action on a Tuesday which fills a lot of the needs for any punter with flat racing during the day and night, with one meeting in Ireland and one jumps meeting at Stratford.
BRYNTEG would be my strongest fancy on the day, and as the odds suggest, he has the best chance of winning this race.
A repeat of his recent 3rd placed effort should make him hard to beat. That race looks a lot stronger than today's and the form looks decent with the runner-up winning since. That was his fourth career start and handicap debut on the back of a 255-day break and the Gelding operation so there is still plenty more to come from this lightly raced 3yo. He should have stripped fitter for that run earlier this month, and the Gelding operation can take a run or two to finally see the benefits, so there is a chance that a big amount of improvement is to come during this race.
I don't think this is a strong race even though you have the likes of De Vegas Kid coming into this in good form. That horse is a veteran and loves Brighton, but he is weighted to his best at the moment and carries a hefty weight of 10st, so will struggle to win this against a more unexposed rival. I think Marsh Benham could prove to be the biggest threat on stable debut for George Baker, who does well at this track.
It feels weird seeing BIRD FOR LIFE running on the turf than the AW, as that is where we normally see her, so it's interesting they've decided for a turf run. I'm glad they've decided to go to Chepstow of all places as it's a course that she has won on before. She has a 4lb lower turf mark than AW, so they must feel that she is capable of running a decent race at the weights, which will be dropped a further 7lbs by the jockey, Isobel Francis who rode her most recently to a runner-up effort at Lingfield.
The main problem for Bird For Life is that she is a really slow starter. That problem can prove to be a huge problem at the likes of Lingfield and other AW tracks as they are quite nippy and it's hard to make up the ground. This filly has done that for most of her career, and it doesn't look any different for her two runs this year where she has started slow and ran on like a steam train to finish 2nd on both occasions. She's clearly in good form at the minute and can run a big race from a low weight of 8st 5lbs in a race which doesn't look all that competitive, other than the short-priced favourite who deserves to be at that position.
Due to her slow starting nature, I think she is a good EW bet.