RAGSTONE VIEW was up against a strong draw bias at Lingfield last time, doing well to finish a three-quarters of a length second after challenging wide from stall two of nine. He failed to settle in the very early stages as he tried to get cover and may have been an unlucky loser. He can gain compensation in the Steel Horse Made Dash Handicap at Chepstow (1.50).
He should get a good tow into the race from the front-running Anif and 11-8 favourite Ocala also tends to press the pace. The former has yet to follow up a win or score on a straight track and the latter is still a maiden.
INDIAN SOUNDS had little chance from his outside draw when down the field in a 7f handicap at Lingfield on his reappearance (winner and second drawn nine and ten of ten) and Mark Johnston’s three-year-old can be expected to do better in the 6f Alliance Leisure Handicap (3.35). His trainer’s younger horse (two and three-year-olds) have a good recent record in handicaps on their second run after a gelding operation, landing 19 of their 76 starts since 2016 (25% strike-rate) for a profit of £30.39 to a £1 level stake at SP.
Ragstone View – Chepstow 1.50 (1pt win, 4-1 Paddy Power, Betfair)
Indian Sounds – Chepstow 3.35 (0.5pts each-way, 20-1 generally)