On the form book alone this should be a contest that Ziggy Rose dominates and judged by her current price of 5/6 some may find it difficult to see the horse that finished second in a listed race last time get beat. However YOUNG BUCK hails from a yard who are in blistering form and trainer Paul Nicholls has barely put a foot wrong at the start of the season. His lightly raced six year old returns to action after a promising third at Exeter back in March. The form of that race has worked out well with the winner going on to produce a solid performance in a Grade 2 race since. I’m happy to take on the short priced favourite who, with plenty of seconds next to their name, could be the proverbial bridesmaid.
The bookmakers make this ten furlong contest a two horse race but without a victory in all three care starts I find it difficult to side with Oman at such a short price.
The biggest threat to my eyes looks to be the William Haggas trained Impulsive One who claimed success at the fourth time of asking down in Bath last month.
All that aside it’s hard to look past Godolphin’s ACT OF WISDOM who’s won his last two starts. He’s improved with each run and looks to have more to come for a trainer who’s operating at a 20% strike rate at the moment.
ACT OF WISDOM
16:35 Gowran Park
Although this one mile maiden isn’t that likely to produce a superstar, some of Ireland’s best yards are represented with the likes of Dermot Weld, Jessica Harrington and Aidan O’Brien all saddling runners.
A case can be made for several of these but I’m siding with a horse who’s improved race by race and is partnered by top jockey Colin Keane. ACTUARY should relish a drop to one mile after finishing second over 1m3f last time. Expect him to be near the head of affairs and is capable of finishing in the money once again.
The final race on the card at Fontwell sees Ucanaver look the most likely favourite and the form of her second at Huntingdon looks very very good indeed with it being franked on several occasions subsequently. However we’ve seen a jockey who’s more renowned for his exploits on the flat, Frankel’s partner Tom Queally step foot into the national hunt sphere and he grabs just the one ride today. He’s set to climb aboard PRINCESS RUBY who finished third on her only start so far. Her form is nowhere near that of Ucanaver but at 6/1 I’m happy to take a slice of that price as a solid each way punt this afternoon.
My fifth and final selection comes on the all-weather this evening in a six furlong handicap. It looks a very open race with a case to be made for at least half the field.
In my opinion, based on their four starts to date, FRESH SNOW has been crying out for six furlongs. Second over seven furlongs on her first two starts she faded in the final stages at Wolverhampton and ended as runner up. She’s been given a decent draw in stall 6 and trainer Saeed bin Suroor has had four winners from just fifteen runners this past fortnight. With the stable in form it’s hard to not find her current 14/1 price very appealing.
FRESH SNOW written by Rory Paddock
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