The first of two races from Musselburgh where there’s five former course and distance winners and my selection hails from this cluster of runners. Veteran Line Of Reason may be a shadow of his best but he did claim success at Newmarket earlier in the season. He may have too much weight on his back now but could go close however it’s actually POWERALLIED that gets my vote. A positive fourth of eleven at Chester most recently was encouraging and I’m hoping a return to a course he holds a 100% strike rate at may be enough to see him produce another positive performance.
I might seem crazy following this horse once again this season but TOMMY G looks an attractive proposition at around 17/2. I know he’s not won over the one mile trip before however in the only time he’s tackled this longer trip he finished a very impressive fourth of twenty at Doncaster two starts back. That was at Class 5 level which he drops back down to today. This looks a much less competitive race, he’s got 4lbs less weight on his back and should improve for a return to a mile.
One of the biggest races of the day comes in the penultimate race at Nottingham in this six furlong sprint. Danzeno has been ultra-consistent this year with four consecutive placed performances. This looks a less competitive race than he’s tackled this term but I feel he may be somewhat of a proverbial bridesmaid and may not find his head in-front.
As such RECON MISSION could pounce if some of the more well fancied protagonists fail. Unfortunately there’s just the seven runners which is a massive kick in the teeth. However unlike Danzeno, Tony Carroll’s charge has been up and down throughout the season with a few places and then efforts that have been pretty poor. If at his best (considering he’s won off a higher mark) he can sneak into the placings.
Apprentice riders take centre stage in the final race over at The Curragh and it’s a horse who’s yet to shake off his maiden tag that gets the nod. AMARANTHA from the yard of Joseph O’Brien hasn’t won in five career starts but showed her best in an eighteen runner handicap here at the Curragh two starts back. A return to this venue with the same promising jockey Mikey Sheehy back in the saddle all things point to another good performance, especially with less weight on her back this time around.