SIMBA SAMBA fared best of the prominent racers in a 6f handicap at Yarmouth on June 13th – a day when it was very difficult to win from the front because of the headwind. Charlie McBride’s three-year-old was very disappointing at Chelmsford next time but was ridden with restraint from a difficult draw and clearly resented those tactics. His only other straight-track run below a mile saw him win at Newcastle in March and, though the switch to 5f is unknown territory in the Ibulevee Handicap at Yarmouth (8.40), he’s worth chancing at an each-way price.
Earlier on the Yarmouth card, flat-track expert HART STOPPER can be backed in the Silk Series Lady Riders’ Handicap (5.30). He tends to struggle on tracks with uphill sections but on level turf courses (e.g. Haydock, Windsor, Yarmouth) his record reads 311141162 (5-9). This is easier than the course and distance race in which he was second to the same owner’s Raucous last week.
ROSE MARMARA went off too hard at Doncaster last time on a day the track was massively favouring hold-up performers and I’m happy to ignore her modest sixth place. Best in small fields after a recent run, her last three wins have come at Catterick where she can take advantage of her sliding mark in the 6f 5th Regiment Royal Artillery Handicap (3.30).
Rose Marmara – Catterick 3.30 (1pt win, 10-1 generally)
Hart Stopper – Yarmouth 5.30 (1pt win, 11-4 Bet365, 5-2 generally)
Simba Samba – Yarmouth 8.40 (0.5pts each-way, 9-1 generally)
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