SIR RODERIC (stall nine of ten) hasn’t won for over two years but with the Rod Millman yard in such scintillating form he’s worth chancing in the 1m Christopher Smith Associates Handicap at Newbury today (2.25). The five-year-old is ideally served by a field of 11 or fewer runners, a trip of 7f-1m and cut in the ground, recording form figures under these conditions of 511211153 (5-9. He’s now 20lb below his last winning mark and will appreciate the return to turf after a modest effort at Kempton last time.
EQUITATION was the subject of quite a gamble when we were on him at Chelmsford the other week but the Roger Varian-trained four-year-old could only finish third. That was his first run since his Doncaster fifth to Watchable in early May, a race run in a very fast time and one that has thrown up a host of winners, and with hindsight I shouldn't have bet a son of Equiano on the all-weather. The return to turf will suit in the 6f Fly London Southend Airport To Milan Handicap at Newmarket this evening (5.55).
Sir Roderic – Newbury 2.25 (1pt each-way, 12-1 generally)
Equitation – Newmarket 5.55 (2pts win, 4-1 Skybet, 7-2 generally)
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