Top tipster Andrew Mount found winners Takeit Easy (10-1 from 14-1) and Ventura Diamond (5-4 from 2-1) on Tuesday and has five selections on Wednesday.
SAMMY SUNSHINE – 2.00 Nottingham
SAMMY SUNSHINE clocked a fast time when a close-up fifth at Goodwood on her second start and was sent off at just 11-4 in a 14-runner novice at Kempton next time. Drawn wide in stall 10, she could never get involved from off the pace and had to settle for a four-length sixth. There could be plenty of improvement to come now that she goes handicapping back on turf and, though I wouldn’t normally back hold-up horses on the round course at this venue, there does look to be plenty of pace on and her trainer does well here.
DARK ILLUSION – 3.20 Nottingham
DARK ILLUSION got off the mark on soft ground at Bath in August and can be forgiven his Chester third the following month as he ducked right on leaving the stalls from the worst of the draw and then met trouble in running. He also found trouble when third of ten at York on his latest outing and will be happier facing just four rivals today. Charles Bishop excels in small-field races and is back on board for the first time since the Bath win. Since the start of 2016, backing this jockey in fields of five or fewer runners would have found 29 winners from 103 bets (28.2% strike-rate) for a profit of £19.36 to a £1 level stake at SP (+£33.00 at Betfair SP).
SHEPHERDS WAY – 4.20 Nottingham
SHEPHERDS WAY is on a hat-trick after two soft ground wins at Haydock and could be up to defying a 5lb rise. She was due to run at Beverley in between those two victories but was a non-runner with a self certificate (when drawn in stall 15 of 15). She was scratched from another poor draw ahead of an intended run at Redcar ten days ago (this time in stall 14 of 14) and I expect we’ll see her line up from a useful middle draw in stall 6 of 11 today. Her record in 5f handicaps on turf now reads 1211 (3-4), with the defeat by a neck.
DESTINED TO SHINE – 5.15 Wetherby
Uttoxeter’s chase course strongly favours prominent racers yet DESTINED TO SHINE came from off the pace to score there in February. His patient tactics proved to be a massive disadvantage when an eight-length runner up to Fanzio at Stratford next time (winner made all) but he returned to winning ways at Uttoxeter last time, again coming from off the pace. That win came on good to soft ground, probably the quickest conditions he can cope with, and he’s worth supporting to follow up. Best left-handed, his record this way round since the start of last year reads 134121 (3-6).
MOTAGALLY – 6.00 Kempton
MOTAGALLY has a poor record on straight courses but give him a bend or two to negotiate and he’s a different beast, recording form figures of 1341111 (5-7). The first defeat came on his seasonal debut last year and the fourth place came over today’s course and distance, the only time he’s raced right-handed. He handles the track perfectly well that day but simply blew the start in first-time blinkers and was asked to make up ground too quickly, making a big move towards the far rail after the two furlong pole and getting run down by horses in the middle of the track. He’d gone up 7lb for his comfortable win at left-handed Bath last month but I think he’s Group class given a turning track and I’m happy to go in again. I wasn’t going to bother at yesterday’s 3-1 but he’s out to 5-1 and that’s too big.
Today’s Best Bets
Sammy Sunshine – 1pt win – 2.00 Nottingham (12-1 generally)
Dark Illusion – 2pts win – 3.10 Nottingham (7-4 generally)
Shepherds Way – 2pts win – 4.20 Nottingham (3-1 generally)
Destined To Shine – 1pt win – 5.15 Wetherby (4-1 generally)
Motagally – 2pts win – 6.00 Kempton (5-1 generally)
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