Windsor were due to hold a 7am inspection on Monday morning ahead of this evening’s card with the ground described as soft heavy in places on Sunday morning with a further band of rain due to hit the track overnight.
Good to soft ground at Ludlow for today’s eight-race card and Ballinsker attracted support at Haydock in the Swinton Hurdle last time but faded from the last coming back from a short break. This return to a right-hand track will suit and he is one from one at today’s track.
Takeiteasy has been raised by just 3lbs for winning over C&D which is a surprise given the runner up – Hydroplane – has won his next couple and that 3lb rise is negated by jockey Gina Andrews’ claim. He could still be well ahead of the handicapper but top-weight Pagero (3.20) has an excellent record fresh, and he gets the each way vote for Jonjo O’Neill.
The selection – 15/2 with BetVictor – has been off the track since finishing down the field at Hexham back in October. His subsequent absence suggests something came to light in the aftermath of the race and Kajaki is one of the very few in the race who would not be inconvenienced if the forecast showers hit the track.
Arizona Glory (3.50) is fitted with cheekpieces for the first time by Evan Williams in the 2m handicap chase and, in the absence of Totally Rejected, he gets the vote. The selection is fitted with cheekpieces for the first time and he is taken to break his maiden tag at the 16th time of asking.
At Wolverhampton Mostaqqer (1.00) has won his last couple over C&D and is taken to defy his 5lbs penalty with leading apprentice Ray Dawson taking off a valuable 3lbs. The selection has improved for Michael Wigham since being stepped up in trip and for the application of cheekpieces. The 11/8 available on Sunday looked too big and the selection is 8/11 with William Hill at the time of posting.
Galidermes won at Doncaster over 12f last time on soft ground and he might lack the necessary pace dropping back in trip by the best part of three furlongs.
The 6f juvenile fillies’ novice event looks an absolute cracker with some beautifully bred newcomers in opposition including Gosdens’ Sunstrike and White Jasmine who represents the inform yard of George Boughey. The winner is likely to be Royal Ascot bound.
David Evans landed a Gp 2 at Haydock at the weekend and his Stormy Night has every chance of backing up last month’s C&D success in the 1m 6f handicap. Evans has booked William Buick for the ride and he must go close, but William Knight also saddled a Saturday winner at York and marginal preference goes to Aldrich Bay (2.00) who seemed to appreciate the first-time visor when runner up at Chelmsford last time from a 1lb lower mark.
I hope Callum Shepherd can get the ew selection – 5s with MansionBet into a prominent position from stall one and swoop fast and late. The 4-y-old finished third over an inadequate trip on his sole previous start on tapeta and I will be disappointed if he does not run a big race.