CROSSING THE LINE (stall one of 11) is perfectly drawn in the 7.5f MBNA Handicap at Chester on Saturday and the likely strong pace will play to her strengths. More importantly, she runs extremely well when fresh and has been given a short break since her Lingfield fifth on Good Friday. She was taking her races better last year but a rest of at least five weeks seems ideal, her record under these conditions being 12111 (4-5), with the defeat by a head.
ENGLISHMAN (stall one of seven) never got into the race when I recommended him as a bet at Windsor last time but I’m going in again in the hope he can repeat last year’s win in the 6f Betfair 3/1 Free Bet Offer Veterans’ Handicap at Goodwood (4.55).
HIs record in the spring (March, April or May) when returned to the track within six weeks of his previous outing reads 721195014110 (5-12) for a profit of £70.00 to a £1 level stake at SP.
SIR RODERIC (stall ten of ten) scored at Chepstow last time out and is taken to improve on last year’s third of 20 in the 7f John Wright Electrical Handicap at York (5.25). He sat too close to the strong early pace that day from his difficult stall one draw and was caught in the final furlong by hold-up horses who sept down the outer from stalls ten and eight. He looks well drawn this time and his record following a win reads 131123 (3-6).
Crossing The Line – Chester 2.55 (1pt win, 9-2 generally)
Englishman – Goodwood 4.55 (1pt win, 10-1 Betfair, Paddy Power)
Sir Roderic – York 5.25 (1pt win, 13-2 generally)
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