Having napped the Roger Fell-trained IMAGINE IF at Musselburgh last month where he beat only one home it was gutting to see him win at 33-1 at Southwell next time when I didn’t have a penny on. I thought he had no chance from stall 14 of 14 that day and it was some effort to win down the stands’ side, generally not the place to be on the straight 5f course at Southwell. He can defy a penalty in the 5f apprentice handicap at Ripon today (6.15).
Midnight Legend progeny have a good record in the spring when the ground starts to dry out and regular listeners to William Hill radio will probably be aware that I like to back the sire’s chasers blind at this time of year.
AEOLUS (stall 5 of 15) fared second best of the far side bunch when fifth of 22 in a hot 6f handicap at Doncaster on his final start last term and it was good to see third-placed Naadirr, best of those drawn low, come out and win at the same venue last month. Two years ago, Aeolus very nearly won the Group 3 Abernant Stakes on his reappearance and is taken to land the 6f Weatherbys General Stud Book Handicap over the same trip and track today (Newmarket 1.50).