Evening Preview – Monday 4th August 2014
I am taking the chair this evening on RacingFM and as always like to spin through the cards in search of a few bets. We are lucky on the station to get the insight of James Boyle, Rory Delargy and Will Lattimore among others but as the author of the Today’s Info column on the website I do try to keep up!
It’s not everyone’s idea of racing to get stuck into but a few races have caught my interest.
I’ll start with Carlisle and the Ladies are the focus of course in terms of jockeys and the card is competitive in terms of numbers! The 7.15pm which is a Pro-Am sees Hayley Turner pick up a nice ride on Tony Newcombe’s Mambo Spirit. A winner last time in simple fashion at Bath and whilst that might be questionable now given the 10lb rise the time was quick enough to suggest it was a performance to take forward. There is money for a couple against the selection and I’m not absolutely bouncing about the best on offer for Mambo’s Spirit at 9/2 but pretty much guaranteed to run his race and will be in the shake up under Hayley who is riding well at the moment.
The 7.45pm contest also merits a wager in the shape of Jim Goldie’s A Southside Boy who will be ridden by the excellently capable Carol Bartley. On a winning mark here having won from a 1lb higher perch at Ayr in the past and caught the eye to some degreee at Hamilton last time when fourth to Snow Squall in a well contested Class 4 event. The favourite Golden Jess is there to be shot at off this mark on the level although won over hurdles last time at Cartmel. I’m more than happy to chance the 6 year old A Southside Boy to get closest if not have the measure of Golden Jess at this extended trip. If the ground continues to soften, was a bit of rain overnight then that will increase our chances.
Over at Windsor it is more traditional fair for all to enjoy on a regular Monday evening slot.
I like the shape of the 6.30pm contest over 5f which is quite an open betting heat. Joyous is an obvious chance and Come On Dave is of interest with a handy claim off the back at the top of the weights. However Dark Lane has run right into form recording a 13th career win and beat Joyous here on the 14th of July in a good time over course and distance. Has struck up a good relationship with his pilot Hollie Doyle who might be here seeking a hatrick if not getting just outgunned at Chepstow prior to their success last time. The price is most important and this has been underestimated by a fair bit and will hopefully go close once more.
Breccbennach was in yesterday but opts to come to Windsor this evening for the 7.30pm event over 6f and George Baker has the ride for Seamus Durack. It’s a win here in April that I like a lot and then went off a short price to follow up under Richard Hughes in June at the same venue but didn’t get the run of the race then. Will need to return to the previous Windsor form to win here but well capable of doing so, choosing this over yesterday’s engagement an interesting move and solid claims I hope of making that decision a wise one.
How to play them well that is the tricky part, I will be hoping a place accumulator might come off with a winner or two among them! Good luck to all and enjoy the action.
Four for the evening –
Carlisle 7.15 – Mambo Spirit, 5/1 Best Price
Carlisle 7.45 – A Southside Boy, 13/2 Best Price, 7/1 with one firm
Windsor 6.30 – Dark Lane, 15/2 Best Price
Windsor 7.30 – Breccbennach, 9/2 Best Price
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