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SUNDAY WEEKENDER – (In Association With TitanBet)

15:00 Redcar A tight looking low grade handicap over 1m1f at Redcar, but there looks to be some decent value to be found. Brian Ellison is no stranger to success at the Yorkshire track and he comes here with a solid looking chance in Grandest. The five-year-old hasn’t won since 2013, which is a big concern, but he has been tumbling down the weights recently and ran much more encouraging races the last two outings including when runner up last time out. He has been too inconsistent to hang your hat on though and may have to settle for a place once again here. Tracy Waggott is another trainer who looks to have a decent chance with Ronya despite the five year old having only one win to her name. That win did come in scintillating fashion and she is now only 1lb higher that for that win this time last year. The horse has threatened to get back to that kind of form over 1m2f on its last two outings, so can definitely feature here, but not one for complete confidence and looks short enough in the market. The best value in the race lies with Geoff Harker’s representative Moccasin. The seven year old, like the aforementioned duo, hasn’t won since a convincing victory over 1m2f at this track, but is now an incredible 15lb below that last winning mark. A return to this favoured venue along with a change in headgear can spark a return to form. Jockey David Allan gets the leg up for the mount and given his experience on the track along with the forecast double figure price he looks the stand out bet here. MOCCASIN (E/W)

16:10 Redcar Richard Fahey has been a frequent visitor to the winner’s enclosure here over the years and he looks to have another outstanding chance here today with Our Boy Jack. The horse has yet to win over today’s trip, but had no concerns over getting the trip. He has performed with credit recently up to 1m including when runner up in a claimer last time out. Any softening in the ground would further enhance his chances and Adam McNamara’s 5lb claim puts him bang there and he should go close to landing the spoils here. The main danger will likely come from Michael Dods’ veteran Kiwi Bay who is well treated despite a two year losing streak. He would have gone very close to landing the spoils back in May over Course and distance on quicker ground, if not for being hampered that day. Major concerns that he has yet to reach that kind of level since though. Another who could feature if the two main protagonists fail to fire is George Scott’s Captain Felix. He has been an able performer on the all weather and won well at Beverley on this ground back in August over 1m2f. He is capable off this sort of mark now returned to turf. OUR BOY JACK (WIN)

16:45 Redcar David O’Meara seems to have worked the oracle once again to rejuvenate the seven-year-old veteran Free Zone and the trainer looks to have found him a solid chance to land the hat trick here today. The horse took his time to find his feet after switching to the O’Meara yard, but he has now won two on the bounce in impressive fashion. Josh Doyle’s claim negates some of the burden of having to carry top weight here and that should see him go close. He is still really well treated on some of his old form and the way he won with something more up his sleeve last time out at Hamilton would suggest today’s 5lb higher mark will not be enough to prevent him from landing the spoils so he gets the confident nod. The main danger will likely come from Mappin Time for the Tim Easterby yard. The 8-year-old was second off this mark at Beverley last time out on similar ground and has the assistance of the in-form claimer Rachel Richardson today so there is no doubt it is well capable off this mark. But the horse’s winless run goes back some 17 months now and given that his last four runs have been on the all weather, there is too many question marks at present. Red Tycoon is another who could feature in this one and the four-year-old can outrun his double figure price. He has some nice form in the book including a close second over 7f at Catterick back in October. He is now 2lb lower here today, but has a bit to find on this season’s form if he is to add to his only win to his name in maiden company. FREE ZONE (WIN)


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