Well just when we thought we had found everyway to lose money on a horse race, up pops yesterday’s headline tip Weekend Offender, who was left Hamlet-cigar like in the stalls at Hamilton after jockey Tom Eaves failed to remove the hood before the stalls opened. Thankfully, many bookies offered some form of refund or compensation, and we will take our free bet refund from Paddy Power and hope to get more f a run at Thirsk today.
The closing 6f handicap (1730 BST) has distinctly more quantity than quality. In that context we are surprised at the generous odds being offered about 3yo filly Little Miss Lola.
Sure, she isn’t going to be a star, but with just 3 handicap runs she remains open to improvement. The first of those was a pretty good effort over this course and distance, when 5th off a mark of 63.
The saddle slipped when well beaten on softer ground at Leicester, a run best ignored, but not actually ignored by the handicapper who dropped her to a mark of 58.
She showed a glimpse of ability last time at Pontefract when caught wide on that turning track, and running out of puff in the uphill final stages.
Back over a course she has run well on, still on a handy rating, and against a pretty weak field she begs to be supported each way at odds which surely underestimate her chances.
Recommendation: Little Miss Lola, 0.5pts each way, 40/1 generally available
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