GG tipster Andrew Mount reveals his list of eyecatchers from the past week’s racing. Check out his selections below, plus claim up to £100 in free bets with 888sport
AERION POWER (won, Doncaster, Saturday, May 1)
AERION POWER completed his hat-trick by justifying favouritism in the 1m Class 3 handicap and looks one to stay on the right side of. He’s arguably unlucky not to be unbeaten in five starts – he was way too green to do himself justice when finding one too good at Kempton on his debut and was poorly drawn, still green and asked to come from too far back over 7f at Newbury on his second outing.
ALETOILE (fifth, 1m4f handicap, Wolverhampton, Wednesday, April 28)
It’s difficult to make the running over this course and distance and it’s easy to draw a line through ALETOILE’s 22-length fifth of six in the same race as Sim Card (see below). He was sent off at just 9-2 for this handicap debut and will be more interesting at Newcastle where his sire has an excellent record.
COUP DE CHAMPAGNE (third, 1m4f handicap, Doncaster, Saturday, May 1)
It’s very difficult to make the running on the round course at Doncaster, even in small fields, so it’s easy to forgive COUP DE CHAMPAGNE his pacesetting third of four. The 11-10 favourite will have lost plenty of friends after this seven-length reverse and should be a much bigger price next time.
GOD OF DREAMS (fourth, 7f handicap, Musselburgh, Friday, April 29)
GOD OF DREAMS ended last season well, finally breaking his duck at Catterick in October before a respectable 14-1 sixth against the pace bias on Fibresand. He attracted some market interest on his comeback in this 7f handicap, despite having the worst of the draw in stall 10 of 10, and his modest fourth wasn’t a bad effort in the circumstances.
SEXY BEAST (third, 2m handicap, Doncaster, Saturday, May 1)
SEXY BEAST was another who failed to live up to market expectations after cutting out the early running on the round course at Doncaster. The 2-1 shot was seven lengths behind the winner in third of four and had also raced closer to the early pace than ideal when third behind two patiently-ridden rivals at Newcastle on his stable debut last month. He’s been dropped 1lb for last week’s run and should find a race on a track kinder to his running style.
SIM CARD (fourth, 1m4f handicap, Wolverhampton, Wednesday, April 28)
SIM CARD wasn’t helped by switching towards the inside rail to challenge in the closing stages but the way he faded into a well-beaten fourth of six suggests it was the trip or the surface that beat the 11-8 favourite. His sire, Dabirism, is now 0-29 here and he’s worth another chance to confirm the promise of his 1m2f Yarmouth runner-up effort just eight days earlier.
TAWLEED (won, 7f handicap, Newmarket, Sunday, May 2)
TAWLEED had looked far from straightforward when fourth of six (6-4 favourite) at Kempton on his comeback but first-time blinkers saw him return to form in this Class 4 handicap. He clocked a fast time and now has turf figures of 2211 (2-4), improving to 11 (2-2) over a straight 7f. He found only Naval Crown – now rated 111 - too good at York last summer and, though likely to go up by about 8lb from 85 for this comfortable success, he could still be well ahead of his mark.
VIA SERENDIPITY (fourth, 6f handicap, Doncaster, Saturday, May 1)
VIA SERENDIPITY hacked up at Ascot last summer on his debut for Charlie Fellowes but has been expensive to follow since, tasting defeat on seven occasions, often at short prices. Sent off at 5-1 in a first-time visor here, his come-from-behind style was at a huge disadvantage and he did well to finish fourth. He’s been dropped 1lb to a mark of 88 and will be of interest given a strong pace next time.
WHERE NEXT JO (fifth, 1m handicap, Chelmsford, Wednesday, April 28)
WHERE NEXT JO, a 7f Wolverhampton winner for David Evans last summer, showed very little in her first two starts for Derek Shaw but there was promise in this 40-1 fifth of 11. She was handily drawn in stall 3 but her patient tactics but her at a disadvantage and her 7lb claiming jockey steered a much wider course than ideal.
WINK OF AN EYE (second, 1m2f handicap, Goodwood, Saturday, May 1)
WINK OF AN EYE took a big step forward on his handicap debut (also his first start since gelded), coming from off the pace to grab second place behind shock winner Fairy Cakes who made most of the running. Early pace dominated at Goodwood last week and this was a solid effort against the pace bias. He’s been shoved up 5lb to a mark of 71 but that shouldn’t prevent him from winning in the very near future.
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