A Class 4 sprint handicap over the straight five furlongs, limited to horses rated between 0-85 aged four years old and upwards.
£12,200 is on offer for the 10 runners that include a number of well known old stagers who we’ve come to know and over, and a number of four years olds who could possibly be capable of improving at some point in the not too distant future.
Favourite Acclaim The Nation
Been in good form of late and this confirmed front-runner looks sure to be in the thick of the action under the very capable Tom Eaves.
This is a typically open sprint handicap and a case can be made for the likes of Leo Minor, Dazacam, old Confessional, Bashiba, and Pearl Acclaim, among others.
Leo Minor is sure to prove popular with punters having finished runner-up in similar company on his two most recent starts. He looked a shade unlucky last time at Bath as he had to wait for a gap and then finished strongly, only to find the post coming too soon. Just 1lb higher here, this ex-Aidan O’Brien-trained gelding won’t be far away.
Acclaim The Nation is another who should go well. Eric Alston’s five-year-old won over this trip at Thirsk early last month then returned to the same track to finish a one length third off a 5lb higher mark. 1lb higher for that effort, he should lead the field for much of the way but may find one or two too good yet again.
Nigel Tinkler’s horses have been in decent form in recent weeks and there is a suspicion that his BASHIBA, a winner of eight of his 47 career starts, may be reaching concert pitch after a good effort last time out at Redcar where he finished fourth on his second outing of this campaign. Eased 2lb to a new mark of 77, the seven-year-old was placed on five of his eight outings last term, including on a number of occasion in Class 3 events. He has fallen to an attractive mark, and with good apprentice Lewis Edmunds claiming a further 3lb is now 6lb lower than his last winning rating.
Pearl Acclaim is thrown in on the pick of his old form but seems to reserve his best efforts these days for the All Weather tracks, a comment that also applies to Dazacam, although he ran respectably on turf recently at Redcar. Richard Fahey drops top weight Penwortham back from seven to five furlongs which might be a shock to his system. Any market move for him however would be worth noting.
Written by Paul Alster
Paul Alster has been part of the British and international racing media for more than three decades working as a race commentator, TV/radio presenter, journalist, betting correspondent, SP returner, and form analyst. He’s always sought out overpriced runners in handicap races, a quest that excites him as much now as it did at the start of his career.