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Good Evans! David In Superb Form Ahead Of Thursday Quintet

The form of David Evans’ yard has been truly exceptional in the last two weeks. 10 of his 21 runners have won at a 48% strike rate. August 2nd was the first day in which he did not have a winner when he had sent out a runner since July 20th, so we have looked at his quintet on Thursday alongside an exclusive promotion courtesy of bet365, which is offering £50 In Free Bets to new customers when you sign-up and bet £10.



Ansani (1.00 Nottingham)

Admittedly, it would take a stroke of training genius to reverse the fortunes of ANSANI, who has had a difficult start to his racing life of late.

His dam was a winner in her racing days, but has not yet mothered a winner in her breeding career, despite speedy sires in Slade Power and Equiano to help her. Nevertheless, there remains potential in this particular match and Ansani has not looked entirely devoid of ability.

He showed decent enough speed on debut at Salisbury, but ran too free from the front before fading. He dropped out similarly tamely on his second effort at Leicester, but there could be signs that he can compete.

This novice event is far from the strongest, while a gelding operation could help him see out his races. Moreover, he was not running when his yard were in such strong form and there could be some improvement to come here.


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Midgetonamission (3.00 Nottingham)

One of Evans’ recent winners was MIDGETONAMISSION and that mission continues as she looks for a second success within a week here.

The three-year-old has already run 25 times in her career, scoring on three occasions. All of those have been on the all-weather, but she has also had two runner-up finishes and a third to show from ten starts on turf. She is versatile enough to compete again so quickly on this surface.

Her win last time out came over this trip of 1m2f at Lingfield and saw her shoot to a four-length success. That represented a career best on RPRs by 8lb and is perfectly aligned to her yard’s tremendous upturn in form. As such, the transition from polytrack to turf is not seen as an issue.

Similarly, she gets away with a 6lb penalty when her mark was raised 8lb by the handicapper after that Lingfield win. With two of her rivals producing better performances when racing from the front last time, there should be a good pace for her to aim at once more.



Kiss N Cuddle (6.40 Doncaster)

Evans is part of the Wales and The West team for the 2022 Racing League and runs KISS N CUDDLE, something of a stable star in recent weeks.

This juvenile colt contested the Brockelsby on debut, but though he initially struggled, he has enjoyed a very productive spell of late. He got off the mark at Leicester in a seller and has since begun shooting through the handicap ranks.

That initial victory was secured in a first-time visor which has been retained ever since. He won once again at Leicester off a mark of 67 and went in again at Chester most recently after going down narrowly at Beverley.

He has to compete here under a 6lb penalty for that Chester victory, but it was achieved from stall nine, which takes some doing. Though he is officially 4lb wrong at the weights, you would not happily back against a fourth win in five starts.


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Lihou (7.40 Doncaster)

Another in the opening Racing League meeting, LIHOU is one of 13 in this competitive 5f handicap.

The six-year-old is one of the most experienced horses in the field, yet Evans is still actively looking to change things up in search of victory. In April, he turned to a visor to revivify Lihou and it worked, with five consistent performances including a win at Salisbury.

Last time out, he ran a cracking race, finishing fourth of 15 in the Nicholson Gin Handicap at Glorious Goodwood. That was off this mark of 81 and should ensure he continues to go close, as this race probably is not as strong.

This time, he sports blinkers instead of a visor, but regardless of headgear choice, he has been running very well of late. More could be to come here.


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Wind Your Neck In (8.40 Doncaster)

After some very promising performances as a two-year-old, WIND YOUR NECK IN has been disappointing since turning three and a revival is very necessary here.

He had form of 3211 as a juvenile, with a novice success over the useful Israr coming at Salisbury. He also won on his handicap debut in a Newmarket nursery off a mark of 86. Significantly, though, both of those wins came on soft ground.

Up 5lb, he has been last of seven on both his runs this term. Each of those was on a quicker surface, though there was some cut in the ground at Chester last time out when he possibly did not stay 1m4f.

He is down to a mark of 88 after a gelding operation now. Once again, his trainer’s from could easily act as a boon for further success and the drop back to 1m2f is a plus. Do not rule him out just yet.


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