IT'S another busy day of racing all across the UK and there are plenty of juicy handicaps to get our teeth into. I have ended up with 4 selections today all of which are double figure odds.
My first selection is a massive price but worth a small each way punt. HAJJAM (2.45pm, Ascot) has been running fairly well all season since he won back in May. He has the benefit of a useful 5lb reduction in his weight with Connor McGovern’s claim so with question marks over quite a few of the market principles I’m surprised that there is plenty of 33-1 about this morning.
The next selection is another one that I don’t think would have to improve much to be involved at the finish. MUDALLEL (3.15pm, Kempton) has won twice over course and distance , was second at Chelmsford last time and although he is taking a step up in class he is still on a competitive weight and should go much closer than the market suggests.
The big race of the day is the Sprint Cup at Haydock which has another really classy field. Harry Angel is the best horse in the race by some distance on his day but he injured himself in the stalls last time and after a fairly lengthy break in flat racing terms it remains to be seen whether that incident has left an impact and whether it will cause any issues with his temperament.
At really short prices I am looking for something to take him on with and I am happy to take a punt on TASLEET (4.15pm, Haydock) who gets his ideal soft ground, has Danny Tudhope in the plate and was second in the race last year. If Harry Angel isn’t at his best I can see him being the one to take advantage.
Fourth and final selection of the day is another one at a double figure price that I think has been overlooked somewhat. The John Gallagher-trained GREEN POWER 4.30pm, Ascot) has every chance in this competitive handicap having run a great race last time when winning over course and distance at the Shergar Cup. He hasn’t been hammered by the handicapper and with Finley Marsh taking a 5lb claim off his weight he gets to run here on a great mark and should go close again.
- 2.45 – Hajjam – 1pt e/w (33-1, Ladbrokes, Betfair, Paddy Power)
- 315 – Kempton – Mudallel – 2pt e/ w (14-1, Betfred – paying 5 places)
- 4.15 – Haydock – Tasleet – 2pt e/w (10-1, Bet365, William Hill, Betfred)
- 4.50 – Ascot – Green Power – 2pt e/w (14-1, Paddy Power, Betfair – both paying 4 places)
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