track-bia14s-diary-v2Seasonal debutants having their first run in a handicap have done very well in the bet365 Esher Cup (1.50) at Sandown, winning nine of the last ten renewals form just 35 runners (25.7% strike-rate) for a profit of £25.08 to a £1 level stake at SP. The last ten winners of this Class 2 mile handicap had won on one of their last two starts and the only horse to qualify on both counts is the Clive Cox-trained HOUSE OF KINGS (stall three of 11). He has yet to run a bad race, placing at 25-1 on his debut at Newbury despite running green, going down by a neck at Ffos Las less than three weeks later and signing off with a 7f Leicester success from Global Hero and Attainment. The runner-up landed a Wolverhampton novice contest on his only subsequent start and the third scored at Lingfield before going down by a nose on his handicap debut at the same venue. Blinkers are fitted for the first time and his yard’s runners are profitable to back blind in this headgear.

NON-RUNNER

BEAT THE BANK has a fantastic record in small fields, recording form figures of 1111151 (6-7) in single-digit line-ups. The sole defeat is easily excused as he went off too hard in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood on a day all the round-course winners were coming late and wide. I’m surprised he’s not favourite for the Group 2 bet365 Mile (3.35) and have staked accordingly.

Get 11/4 @ bet365



Selections

House Of Kings – Sandown 1.50 (1pt win, 9-1 Paddy Power, Betfair)

Beat The Bank – Sandown 3.35 (3pts win, 11-4 generally)


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