Tuesday 30 July 2019
Lady Jane Bethell Memorial Handicap (Lady Amateur Riders)
Class 6 | 1m 1f 207y | Good | 9 Runners | Turf
Off time: 17:37 | Winning time: 2m 7.23s
The trainer and jockey won both divisions of this race last year and the team can enhance the haul with this in-form gelding, who won well over C&D eight days ago and has strong claims despite the 5lb penalty. (First-time in cheekpieces.)
0-9 so far and well held in all four starts since March; he's dropped to a handy mark but has something to prove over this trip. (First-time in cheekpieces/tongue-tie.)
Won the AW for her former yard and also made a winning start for new connections when she landed a fillies handicap at Doncaster in May; held on good to soft in her only start since but this firmer surface can help her this time. One to consider.
The trainer won this race three years on the bounce from 2012-to-2014 and has to be respected again despite this gelding being lightly raced when tried beyond a mile. He's very well handicapped on his early career form and is dangerous to overlook.
Lightly raced over the last couple of years but hasn't shown much to get excited about in the limited number of times he's ran. A bit more give underfoot would enhance his chance, which is an each-way hope at best.
Finished just in behind Bollin Ted here last time out and possible a more forceful ride would see the gelding in the thick of the action. One to monitor closely in the betting given that his old rival now has a penalty to shoulder.
Posted his best effort on turf for a while when forth of 13 at Nottingham earlier this month but has been inconsistent and needs to prove that wasn't a one-off performance on turf.
Her poor recent strike-rate doesn't tell the full story as the mare has posted several reasonable efforts in defeat; she was behind Bollin Ted and Amity Island over C&D earlier this month but didn't build on that last time. Place claims at best.
Stable won a division of this race in 2017 and this fellow has run well here before now. Finished runner up in division two of this race last year and sound claims after a fair effort last time. Still has form to reverse with Bollin Ted though.
Rule 4 applies to all bets - deduction 25p in the pound
Bollin Ted (2/1), Colony Queen (9/2), John Caesar (6/1), Optima Petamus (8/1), Seek The Moon (8/1), Amity Island (12/1), King Of Naples (14/1), Outlaw Torn (16/1), Graceful Act (25/1), Maldonado (25/1), Anchises (25/1), Paddy's Rock (40/1)
- Bollin Ted
- John Caesar
- King Of Naples