Monday Races: A Star turn…

The now customary one out of two yesterday, with the victory of The Romford Pele at least ensuring a nice profit and a necessary first step on the road back from a difficult month.

If it’s a long road back to monthly profit, it is nothing like as long as the road from Sparsholt in Oxfordshire to Ayr on the west coast of Scotland.

That is the route that trainer Harry Whittington will be taking for his horse Star Tackle‘s chasing debut.

This horse showed promise whilst lightly raced over hurdles last year, but he would always have been marking time as he is very much a chaser.  He loves soft ground and will be a strong stayer at this trip.

Take the tip of the long journey and get stuck in.

Over at Redcar we have a typical end of season soft ground flat card.

It may seem hard to make a case for a 62 time raced 8yo, but Mitchum looks set to pounce.

He ran up a sequence of 3 wins on soft ground early last season, and was good enough to place off a mark of 71.

Seventeen defeats since have bizarrely only included one effort on soft, when a decent 3rd over too long a trip at Carlisle.

Those defeats mean he’s now thrown in off a rating of just 46, and with genuine soft ground and the ideal distance he could easily return to something like the form that saw him winning off marks over a stone higher last year.


Star Tackle, (1440 Ayr), 1pt win, 5/1 Coral, Betfair

Mitchum, (1525 Redcar), 1pt win, 8/1 Bet365, BetVictor

Star Tackle & Mitchum, 1pt win double, approx 53/1

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