Homage can pay dividends
Man On The Spot picks out the best bets from Catterick, Carlisle, Lingfield and Kempton for our new daily yankee.
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Lady Zodiac was only beaten a head at Brighton last week but this is tougher and she's had plenty of chances. Sportlobster is also looking pretty exposed, though he drops in class for this. Barchan and Bakht A Rawan may finish closer now handicapping but fellow handicap debutante MAZOULA (NAP) gets the nod having posted a better effort when fourth at Windsor. That form looks strong enough to land this given a winner has already come out of the race.
Jacob Black made all for an easy victory over a mile at Hamilton then did the same in a better race at Carlisle. He's only 4lb higher and the shorter trip won't be a problem so a hat-trick looks a distinct possibility. However, LITTLE SHAMBLES (NAP) has won twice in his career, both times over today's course and distance, and arrives on the back of a superb effort behind the well-handicapped Bragging at York last week. He can run here from a 2lb lower mark so it's hardly surprising that connections are taking advantage and he's given the verdict. Smart Alec came with a late rattle to catch Slingsby over this track and trip a couple of weeks ago but a 7lb rise in this better race makes things tougher. Spirit Of Alsace has only won over 6f but this trip is no problem and she can get involved in the finish.
Talent Scout has won three times over course and distance, most recently last month, though he's 8lb higher now. Al Khan is another course specialist while Chinese Jade has to go on the short-list as he likes a fast surface. Bahamian C won at Musselburgh and Hamilton before finishing second at Thirsk, though may be in the handicapper's grip now. HENRY THE AVIATOR (NAP) has taken a long time to come to hand this year but was more like his old self at Leicester last time and is back on a winning mark - he looks ready to open his seasonal account.
The betting suggested HOMAGE (NAP) would make a bold bid on his seasonal debut at Windsor and he duly obliged with a cosy win. Ryan Moore keeps the partnership intact and he can go in again. Buckstay has been upped 6lb for a narrow-margin defeat at Goodwood but is still improving while Monsieur Chevalier should go well again after a good effort in a classified event at Lingfield. Both Billingsgate and Musaddas have a shout for Godolphin and the selection's stablemate Sloane Avenue has plenty of scope.