We warm up for the weekend with a frantic Friday, meetings galore to sift through, and a couple of familiar faces catching the eye.
First up, and bet of the day, is a sprinter in Sandown’s opener (1350 BST). The sprint chute at Sandown is 5f long and runs up the centre of the track, neatly splitting the golf course from the go-kart track.
History suggests a drive down the right hand side of the fairway is far better than a drive through the tyre chicanes, and hence low draws are often favoured.
Two horses catch the eye. Queen In Waiting ran far better than her 5th at Chester and could be progressive, but a high draw is a problem.
Instead, focus on Zac Brown. He has a very high all-weather rating, and finally is making strides towards that on turf, although still with a stone in hand. His 2nd in a very competitive race at Musselburgh last time suggested he still has the jump on the handicapper. Drawn three off the rail and with a front runner drawn inside, he is perfectly placed to pounce under the champion jockey. Worth a 2 point bet.
We tipped Bertiewhittle at a huge price last time at York and felt he was desperately unlucky not to land at least the each way money when a fast finishing fifth. He lacks the progressive profile of some of his Doncaster rivals today (1535) but is priced accordingly. He looked in great form and it is worth keeping the faith.
Zac Brown, (1350 Sandown), 2pts win, 7/2 Bet365
Bertiewhittle, (1535 Doncaster), 0.5pts each way, 12/1 generally available
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