I can’t wait to sit down in the field with my punting calves and do a little carving up of the bookies this weekend!
I’m hoping for some bullish luck on a Saturday so I can start singing Don’t Stop Moovin’ as the gambles go in.
2.25 First Assignment – Smashing staying prospect has progressed very quickly under the handling of Ian Williams and won very easily at Cheltenham last time out. He’s due to be raised a stone for that facile victory but gets in here under a 5lb penalty and provided he’s not run out of puff, he should be a good thing. This is a very weak renewal and with conditions set to be less testing than usual he can hit the hat-trick.
2.05 Charbel – An absolutely belting card for racegoers to enjoy and the feature Grade 2 can go the way of Kim Bailey’s classpot. He would have pushed Altior all the way in the Arkle a couple of years ago and we know he has bundles of ability. Beat last week’s BetVictor winner Baron Alco at Chepstow last month and gets 6lb from favourite Politologue so should have a big chance at what will be a decent price.
Bully’s Saturday Bankers
11.45 Lingfield – Caring Touch
12.25 Haydock – First Assignment
2.05 Ascot – Charbel
2.15 Huntingdon – Boy In A Bentley
8.45 Wolverhampton – Freebe Rocks
11.45 Caring Touch – Look no further than the first for leafy Lingfield’s banker. Godolphin’s lightly-raced contender finished a close second behind next-time-out winner Bobby K on his handicap debut and that form looks strong for the grade. Handy claimer Gabriele Malune takes off 5lb so she’s theoretically 2lb well-in, and this looks her’s for the taking.
2.15 Boy In A Bentley – This is a really weak race and one where Neil Mulholland’s former smart sort looks the one to be with. Either of his previous two seconds would probably be good enough to land this and he appears as having a bit more to come off his current mark. Trainer Neil Mulholland has had three winners in the last two weeks and this one can give him another.
8.45 Freebe Rocks – Three-year-old makes his debut for Ian Williams and if his trainer can eke even a smidgen of improvement he’ll be too good here. A poor race even for Class 5 standards, plenty of his rivals arrive out of form and those that don’t looked handicapped to the hilt. Won off 1lb lower at Lingfield earlier this year and he’s performed well at the track before, so everything’s in place for a big run.