Its the start of a new month, and with it a slight change in policy for our horse race betting. We continue to identify our best bet of the day, now under the “nap” name, and this will continue to feed the Pool Results, co-mingled with the naps from other sports.
The occasional use of multiples will be stripped out from the nap thread. Instead, and as a response to providing added daily coverage, multiples will be covered daily, and results monitored separately in our new Yankee Plus thread, the first of which is published today.
Back to the nap, and we will be showing patience by waiting for the closing race at Towcester. By then the soft ground should be pretty trying, and the course’s legendary Matterhorn-style finishing straight will be a true test of resolution and courage.
Goodnight Charlie has two course wins, the big issue being that his last run here was in May last year and he may need a run or two and Spring ground to be at his best.
Just Spot was a good winner at Wincanton, but this 11yo mare is back up 4lbs and must have limited scope for progression.
The clear choice is for the inform Skelton brothers, and that is Café Au Lait. This 8yo has a had a busy career for previous trainers, being good enough to win here on heavy ground off 108. His form for Sophie Leech last year deteriorated, but he still recorded a Wetherby win off a much reduced mark of 82.
Trainer Dan Skelton is adept at improving other trainers’ cast offs, and he took on Café Au Lait this season and he has been very unlucky not to win one yet. A third and two close seconds has shown a real step up in form. Admittedly his rating has been raised back to 99, but that still gives him something in hand on old winning course form.
This race doesn’t look that strong, and this stiff finish should be ideal. He looks a good bet.
Recommendation: Café Au Lait, (1635 Towcester), 1pt win, 10/3 generally available
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