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FIN AND GAME (1.35 Wetherby, 0.5pts each-way 12/1)

It’s worth taking a chance on FIN AND GAME with Brian Hughes back in the saddle, which suggests he will be ready first time after 293 days off the track.

He ran well on seasonal reappearance last year at Haydock over 2m3f behind the potentially very smart Bold Plan off a 3lb lower mark in a Class 2 and today’s race looks a weaker affair. He was well fancied to oblige next time off the same mark at the same venue when dropped into a Class 3 back over 2m but a blunder at the final flight likely cost him the race.

He was a no-show at Kempton when eased off after the third last but I am happy to forgive that given he has been poor on all three runs right-handed and on the balance of his form this mark of 127 should be well within range.

This 2m trip looks his optimum and any rain due to arrive will only aid his cause and a return to Wetherby, where he was an impressive novice hurdle winner three years ago, should enhance his chances. Fresh may be the time to catch him and at the prices he looks good each-way value.


LOUIS’ VAC POUCH (2.10 Wetherby, 0.5pts each-way 12/1)

Happy Diva is undoubtedly the one to beat after she improved dramatically throughout the season but she is yet to win fresh and is 11lb higher than her third in this last year.

LOUIS VAC POUCH is tempting at a double-figure price after catching the eye behind Happy Diva at Cheltenham in the Browns Advisory when suffering a troubled passage on the run-in. He had to avoid a faller, causing him to lose momentum, so is better than the bare result there.

He has 10 lengths to find on that run with Happy Diva but is now 11lb better off at the weights and has a fitness edge. He was poor at Market Rasen on seasonal return but he has been the same every year and second time out looks to be the time to catch him.

He is relatively unexposed over this trip of 2m4f with form figures of 721, with the seven coming at the Cheltenham Festival, the second behind Secret Investor and the win came in a canter against much inferior opposition at Catterick.

He jumped round this course well before departing over 3m behind Top Ville Ben and has proven he handles soft ground condtions. Two For Gold has been quoted as a future Grand National horse and will prove vulnerable over this short trip on seasonal return, while Huntsman Son will likely need the run after 538 days off the track and Joke Dancer needs to stop jumping violently to the right.


BALLYVIC BORU (3.20 Wetherby, 1pt each-way 7/1)

Cracking Find has been well found in the market here and improvement can be expected on his seasonal return, in which he shaped well for a long way, as did BALLYVIC BORU.

The selection’s performance can be upgraded given he has a preference for left-handed tracks and his reappearance third came on a right-handed one. He is back down to his last winning mark of 122, which came at this venue last October on his second start. This race looks to have been targeted by connections and there is a form line through the selection that should hold Cracking Find.

This comes just 9 days after his reappearance effort but he has gone well when turned out quickly previously so offers value against the favourite.


MODMIN (4.05 Newmarket, 1pt win 5/1)

I still feel MODMIN is ahead of his handicap mark of 80 and his run at Nottingham was an improved performance RPRs but he was too keen early to do himself justice.

It may be that he prefers a softer surface given his high knee action there so he is worth following on this deeper surface at Newmarket. He should be fine on the undulations, winning at Goodwood and running second at Chepstow, with both courses having downhill runs incorporated in their configuration.

Plenty of these have had long, hard seasons and he comes here fresher than all bar the favourite who may have been flattered by his finishing position at York after being on the favoured side of the track and he also hasn’t convinced here at Newmarket in three attempts.


BARONIAL PRIDE (6.15 Newcastle, 1pt each-way 15/2)

BARONIAL PRIDE let me down at York last time but it was a big ask off the back of a long layoff on soft ground but he will have no excuses here.

His two previous runs at this venue in Class 3 and Class 2 handicaps were levels above his rivals today as he drops into a Class 4 race for the first time in his career. He caught the eye when short of room here at Newcastle when beaten just 2¾ lengths and finishing on the bridle back in January over 7f behind Glen Shiel.

Next time at the same venue over 7f, he was blocked in behind a wall of horses in a Class 2 race again finishing on the bridle. He is 3lb lower today off a mark of 83 and returns to Newcastle, so the hope is he will get the breaks and follow through with his effort over this 1m trip.


Daryl Carter Best Bets

FIN AND GAME (1.35 Wetherby, 0.5pts each-way 12/1)

LOUIS’ VAC POUCH (2.10 Wetherby, 0.5pts each-way 12/1)

BALLYVIC BORU (3.20 Wetherby, 1pt each-way 7/1)

MODMIN (4.05 Newmarket, 1pt win 5/1)

BARONIAL PRIDE (6.15 Newcastle, 1pt each-way 15/2)

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