Sunday Races: Foq’s a cunning bet…

Off the back of a good win, the following day’s racing is met with rare enthusiasm, unfortunately for us, Sunday’s card offers a pitiful mix of Worcester jumping, and a poorly contested Brighton card.

It is to the seaside vistas of Brighton that we’ll head in search of scraps of value.

Plenty of short priced favourites threaten to dominate the card.  On the face of it, the favourite for the 5f sprint (1630 BST), Her Terms, looks to have one of the best chances.

Clive Cox’s filly had a busy 2yo campaign but hadn’t been seen this year until running a cracking 3rd on her reappearance in a better race than this at Goodwood.  Off the same mark she deserves to be favourite, however racing just 7 days later after an 8 month lay-off is the type of schedule that often results in disappointment.

Next best in the market is Whiteley.  The countdown conundrum with this fella is the sharp 5f.  He won here over 7f two runs ago, and was doing all his best work late on over this trip at Chepstow last time  but without getting there in time.  More fast finishing frustration could await.

Instead we will put our trust in Tawaafoq.  It’s many years, and a few hearty dinners, since Mick Quinn was finding the back of the net in the top divisions of football, but he will be hoping to score here ahead of fellow striker-turned-trainer Mick Channon.

Quinn recently acquired Tawaafoq from the Richard Hannon yard, and a reasonable 3rd of 5 in a maiden looks better after the first two home have won again since.

A decent subsequent 3rd at Yarmouth has also been boosted by a follow-up win from the 6th that day, and with the excellent Fran Berry up, Tawaafoq looks well placed to prosper should the favourite fail to back up her recent run.

Recommendation:  Tawaafoq (1630 Brighton), 1pt win, 7/1 generally available

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