Saturday provided a nice return to action with Taqdeer (1.50pts @ 7/1) landing the Spring Cup at Newbury and I was super impressed with how he closed off that race. The handicapper has subsequently put him up 5lbs to a mark of 100 and that is still very workable, especially with the promise of more improvement to come at 10f. My other fancy, Katheefa, was backed from 16/1 into 8/1 but that was about as good as it got. He ran terribly and tailed off. Maybe faster ground will prove to be ideal on turf... maybe.
Compas Scoobie is the first of today's bets, lining up in the opener at Epsom. It's pretty obvious that he needs a pace collapse in order to come out on top but that's entirely possible here with a few speedy sorts in attendance. The horse himself is yet to win since joining up with Stuart Williams over the winter but has performed well more often than not and on his sole visit to this track, he ran a race of promise despite being stuck out on the wing. That's never optimal and from a favourable draw, a big run should be forthcoming.
Andrew Balding's yard aren't exactly flying yet but Lorelina could be a contender in the mile-and-a-half handicap. She has no problem in handling this unique track, with form figures reading 1-1-4-3-2, and I'm interested to see how she'll perform at this distance (second try beyond 10f). On more than one occasion the mare has shaped as if it can bring about improvement and her dam stayed well enough on the level, albeit in a more mediocre grade. Anyway, double-figured prices are worth chancing based on my book.
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