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Wednesday’s Top Angles – Selections Across The Cards

Our expert editor has delved into the entries across Wednesday’s meetings and highlighted three interesting angles that could help you get ahead before the weekend action gets underway. Check out their thoughts below, alongside an exclusive customer offer from Sky Bet, who are offering up to £30 In Free Bets, when you sign up and place ANY bet.


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Above Average Newcomer? 

Trainer Roger Varian has five interesting entries across Kempton’s seven-race card on Wednesday evening including the unraced DEFERRED (18:20 Kempton). 

Despite winning by just a neck on his debut at Nottingham back in June, Moon Watch was value for much more than the official winning margin that day and certainly appears to be a useful prospect in the making for team Gosden. The son of Dubawi will be expected to maintain his unbeaten start with Frankie Dettori taking over in the saddle, However, he has to concede 6lb to some well-bred newcomers on Wednesday evening and could be up against a talented three-year-old in the shape of DEFERRED. A son of Roger Varian’s former triple Group 1 winner Postponed, he is also a half-brother to seven-furlong winner Invitational who triumphed for the yard at Listed level a few seasons ago. Although the market may prove to be the best guide to his chances on Wednesday evening, Deferred is certainly bred to be no back number and it would be no surprise to see Roger Varian’s colt hit the ground running before being aimed at bigger targets further down the line. 


18.20 Unibet Horserace Betting Operator Of The Year Novice Stakes (GBB Race) (Div II)
Result
5th 7/1
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Long Distance Traveller – Qoya (15:00 Newcastle)

In-form trainer William Haggas travels all the way up to Newcastle from his Newmarket base on Wednesday afternoon with just the sole runner in QOYA (15:00 Newcastle). 

William Haggas has his string in sensational form at present and is operating at a 29% (11-38) strike rate in recent weeks. Newcastle has proven to be a happy hunting ground for the Newmarket handler this season with the yard sending out 8 winners from their 21 (38%) runners this term. Lightly-raced maiden QOYA is their sole representative on Wednesday afternoon and connections will be hopeful that the three-year-old can add to that impressive tally. 

Despite being comfortably held on her seasonal reappearance at Beverley, Qoya certainly entered many trackers and notebooks on her following outing in novice company at Goodwood back in June. Seemingly outpaced over the mile trip on that occasion, Qoya kept on strongly inside the closing stages under hands and heels to finish an unlikely fourth under 3lb claimer Elisha Whittington. Allocated an opening mark of 70, Qoya stepped up to twelve furlongs for her handicap debut at Windsor just last month. Slowly away that day, William Haggas’ filly never travelled with any conviction under Tom Marquand and ultimately crossed the line in sixth after meeting interference and becoming unbalanced entering the final furlong. 

Dropped 2lb to a mark of 68, connections will be hopeful Qoya can make it fifth time lucky on Wednesday afternoon and given that her sire improved markedly with age and experience, it’s highly likely that we haven’t seen the best of William Haggas’ filly just yet and it will be disappointing if the well-bred daughter of Almanzor fails to make her mark in handicaps at some stage. 


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Result
3rd 7/2
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Wednesday’s Trainer To Follow – Ed Dunlop 

You would have profited +20.41 to a £1 level stake if you followed Ed Dunlop’s runners at Pontefract over the past twelve months. The Newmarket trainer runs two there on Wednesday afternoon and has a tremendous 57% strike rate (4-7) within that same period. 

Look Back Smiling (14:50 Pontefract, Jayne – On Course Lady Bookmaker EBF Maiden Stakes)

Although the yard is 0-8 with their juvenile newcomers this year, it will be interesting to see what the market makes of Ed Dunlop’s LOOK BACK SMILING, who makes plenty of appeal on paper and has Hollie Doyle in the saddle on Wednesday afternoon. A gelded son of Fast Company, the two-year-old is certainly bred to be precocious and is closely related to Andrew Balding’s former Group-placed 6f-1m winner Flashcard. Well berthed in stall 4, it will be interesting to see how Ed Dunlop’s newcomer fares at Pontefract and while his future may ultimately lie over further, he’s certainly not one to underestimate given his connections and could well be sharp enough to make a winning debut. 


14.50 Jayne – On Course Lady Bookmaker EBF Maiden Stakes (GBB Race)
Result
1st 14/1
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Commandment (17:20 Pontefract, Keith Hammill Memorial Handicap)

The return to this course and distance should very much suit COMMANDMENT who produced a career-best effort over track and trip on her penultimate start and remains a filly firmly on the up after catching the eye in defeat over six furlongs at Yarmouth last month. 

Settled towards the rear of the six-runner field last time out, Ed Dunlop’s charge certainly didn’t have the race run to suit in a slowly run affair, but despite the lack of pace up front, the Acclamation filly picked up well from the back of the pack and kept on strongly towards the line to finish third. Beaten just a length and a half in the end, Commandment was far from disgraced behind George Boughey’s four-time winner Spangled Mac and that effort in defeat can be certainly upgraded given how that race ultimately unfolded. 

Rated 78, Ed Dunlop’s filly still has scope for improvement after just seven career outings on track and considering there are plenty of confirmed pace angles in opposition on Wednesday afternoon, Commandment should get a decent pace to aim at from the outset and the three-year-old is likely to be finishing best of all under P J McDonald. 


17.20 Keith Hammill Memorial Handicap
Result
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