Friday’s Preview with Rebel Racing
It’s a very nice days racing for a Friday and whilst many will be minding their change for the weekend racing I have a suspicion a small profit could be turned today. I will start at Doncaster where I have two fancies,
The first comes in the 6f sprint at 3.30. Red Pike was clearly well thought of at home as he has been sent off at short prices on numerous occasions this year but I feel he is really starting to come into his own at the end of his three year old season. Unlucky at Newmarket over 7 furlongs in a race that has turned out remarkably well he then flopped at Musselburgh before winning a shade cosily at Ayr. They went pretty hard that day up front and the winning margin of two lengths probably didn’t do him justice as he was followed home primarily by horses that had been held up and he duly went into the tracker. Last time at Ascot the same thing happened. They went off far too hard up front but Red Pike stayed on dourly only to succumb to the well thought of and well handicapped Telmyd. 4 of the first 5 home had been held up and they pulled three lengths clear of the remainder so it is clear for all to see just how well Red Pike ran. At the very beginning of the season at Doncaster it was very noticeable how few were getting involved from the back in soft ground races and whilst its not as soft today as it was then there is a slight hope that that may arise again. If they go a small bit slower up front today this horse should go very close in a race which looks ideal in nature and at 10/1 I’m taking a chance Red Pike can announce himself as a top sprint handicapper heading into next year.
At 4.05 I got really excited about the price of 14/1 being quoted for Zipp. This four year old filly remains lightly raced and of some potential. She came second in this race last year off a mark just 5 pounds lower and its clear from her performances so far this season that she has definitely improved this year. She came second on ground that was probably a shade too quick at Nottingham, pulling six lengths clear with the winner, identifying herself as a well handicapped filly. Ralph Beckett then stepped her up to listed class over what was probably too short a trip but she ran quite well running a mark in the nineties over a trip that was clearly too short. Back up in trip on a galloping track that will suit her down to the ground with the cut that she wants back in the turf I would expect a huge run from this horse and at 14/1 would probably be my best bet on the day.
By John Ring/Rebel Racing
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