There is plenty more racing action on enjoy on Tuesday and although the attention is already beginning to focus on one of the biggest weekends in the history of the sport in this country, there are still bets to be had before then.
They race at Doncaster and Musselburgh in the afternoon on Tuesday, while there is evening action at Chepstow and Leicester. After a winner and a place from two bets on Monday, we’re going with two bets in one race from Doncaster on Tuesday.
This is a really nice looking 3 year old Class 4 handicap over a mile with a maximum field of 14. Irrespective of the result, this is a race to pay very close attention to because I’m convinced it will throw up a lot of future winners.
The favourite is Folk Dance, she’s still a maiden after finishing 3rd last time out. She’ll improve for the extra furlong but is too short in the market in such a competitive heat. Tom Collins has been really well backed but he’s exposed despite having contested much better races than this. He could be better than this class but recent form is average at best. Notforalongtime won his last 2 but they were poor races whilst I wouldn’t rule out Dalanijujo at a big price if she’s ready to go first time up.
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There are 2 bets for us, the first of which is Cloud Drift from a Michael Bell yard in decent nick. He’s booked the champ, Oisin Murphy, to do the steering & that could be a tip in itself. He raced 4 times as a 2 year old and showed promise each time.
He was green on debut but fared best of the debutants & then improved when 2nd at Beverley, again looking green & wandering all over the place. Next time up, he found a good opportunity to get off the mark and whilst he didn’t win by far, he was always in control & proved he’ll stay the trip even in the headwind that’s expected at Town Moor. His most impressive run was on nursery debut when 2nd to a winner favoured by racing against the running rail. Behind him that day was a subsequent Listed winner, Milltown Star, as well as one of today’s rivals, Fantasy Believer, who was 4 lengths back & is now 5lbs worse off.
His price is probably because of his reappearance when 6 lengths 9th at Lingfield but he was given a really poor ride. He was upsides a furlong out but made his challenge on the inside & everyone knows that’s a huge disadvantage at Lingfield. Not only that, he didn’t get the clearest of runs & then the jockey dropped his hands & coasted home. Better is expected today.
At a bigger price, I cannot leave Ajax Tavern alone. Hailing from a Richard Hannon yard that fired in 2 winners on Monday, this one makes his handicap debut and looks to be running off a good mark. He won from the front on debut at Lingfield, tacking over from the widest draw in 13 to make all. He kicked clear in style & came home unchallenged by over 3 lengths.
On his one start as a 3 year old, he was 6th of 11 at Haydock but was less than 2 lengths behind the winner. The front 6 came clear and, aside from the winner, he gave the rest of them 5lbs. The 3rd horse home has since raced again, finishing 3rd off level weights behind a horse who’s since gone in again & is now rated in the low 90’s. That makes his opening mark of 81 an appealing one &, with this step up in trip likely to suit, he could go close.
Back Cloud Drift (e/w) for a 0.75/10 stake at 10.00 Coral BOG (1/5 odds 1-4)
PLACED AT 40/1 – Back Ajax Tavern (e/w) for a 0.5/10 stake at 17.00 William Hill BOG (1/5 odds 1-4)
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