I’m not sure if I am putting up the selection of Burnt Cream in this 5f race out of sentiment or not but I think the horse has dropped to an attractive mark in a contest that she is more than capable of winning. The run last time out wasn’t amazing but the horse slightly missed the kick and was held out the back but was running on when the line came.
In all honesty this is not a contest to get excited by and most of these haven’t won for a bit and have no real form to speak of. I am always interested in an Ann Stokell runner and Kuanyao represents the biggest danger in my eyes. A horse than ran in a hat-trick in 2009 may be getting on now but don’t be surprised if the trainer/rider has the horse ready.
Burnt Cream (E/W)
Garde Le Victoire justified his favouritism last time out at Cheltenham and has run some notable races this season for bang in form champion-in-waiting Richard Johnson and trainer Philip Hobbs. Hobbs was only 100k behind Paul Nicholls in the trainer’s championship before Saturday’s racing and his French import should take some stopping in this race. The paucity of available racing for national hunt connections means that the team bring the horse to a class 3 on a Tuesday afternoon.
If the horse is to have any chance of racing in the Arkle then he really must be winning this. Doctor Harper and Gino Trail may give the selection the most to think about but it should be a comprehensive victory on ground the horse has won on. It may be worth checking the price and doing it early as it could be short.
Garde Le Victoire (WIN)
Fast Approach is a very interesting runner for the Andrew Balding team in this class 7 handicap over 1m2f. The breeding of the horse is of particular interest out of New Approach and Selkirk. The horse may want dropping in trip in time and he must win or at least go close, in a contest of this nature if he wants to be making some decent money. Oisin Murphy takes the ride, and the horse ran creditably on his last outing at Lingfield.
Zarliman and Sixties Queen are interesting contenders too here. The former has some decent form coming into the race and Neil Mulholland is a dual purpose trainer to keep an eye on. Sixties Queen has stayed on this mark for 15 runs so you may think there’s not much point in backing her. She has run decently in a few of those and may be a huge each way shout.
Fast Approach (E/W)