track-bia14s-diary-v2CAPTAIN COLBY (stall 8 of 8) has yet to win for current trainer Paul Midgley but has always gone best in May and September and looks worth chancing in the 6f Zac Howard 30th Birthday Handicap at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile on Saturday (5.35).

HIs full record in May or September stands at 14111007366 (4-10) and it’s worth noting that his last run over course and distance saw him run subsequent Stewards’ Cup winner Gifted Master to half a length. He ran off a mark of 90 in Class 2 company that day and is 5lb lower in a Class 4 race here.

On Sunday at Hamilton, the Wilf Storey-trained NEARLY THERE can be expected to improve now that he’s upped in trip to 1m4f in the Racing UK Profits Returned To Racing Handicap (4.40).

Placed in two bumpers, he’s found 7f-1m far too sharp in three Flat outings and it’s interesting to see promising 7lb claimer Scott McCullagh booked. McCullagh is attached to the Mick Channon yard but has done well on his outside rides, winning three from 18 for a profit of £16.20 to a £1 level stale at SP.

Selections

Captain Colby – Newmarket 5.35 Saturday (2pts win, 5-1 generally)

Nearly There – Hamilton 4.40 Sunday (0.5pts each-way)