Not long until the flat season proper kicks off now, with Saturday’s Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster being the traditional curtain raiser. I’ll stick to the flat for the best bets from Thursdays cards, with a couple in the novice contests catching the eye in addition to a rapidly improving filly on Chelmsford’s card.
The most interesting runner here is Ed Walker’s Global Excel on handicap debut. Whilst the booking of Silvestre De Sousa certainly catches the eye, he looks far from thrown in off a mark of 69 on what he has shown to date. He may well improve dramatically for this step down in trip and switch to handicapping, but he will need to. Having been made favourite for this he is there to be taken on.
The one to side with is course and distance winner Brockey Rise. It wasn’t a great race that this one won last time out over this track and trip, but it nevertheless continued his sequence of improved performances of late. Rated 70 in his juvenile days, he gets in at the foot of the weights here on a mark of 61.
He will need to improve for that win 27 days ago, but he was notably strong at the line that day, and looks to have been overlooked a little in the market for David Evans. (www.zakłady-bukmacherskie.com)
Things haven’t quite gone to plan for the £130,000 purchase Jaalboot. So much so that he has subsequently been sold and shipped from the Owen Burrows yard to that of Mark Johnston. I am perfectly happy to forgive his two runs to date though. Firstly he was only beaten seven lengths on debut at Wolverhampton, despite losing at least that when blowing the start. Next time he did pretty well to only go down by 3¾l at Brighton considering he appeared to be all at sea on the good to firm going that day. Looking back at his debut run his action certainly seems far more suited to synthetics. Having also been gelded since last being seen at the track 254 days ago it would be no surprise should he put up a much improved display here. There’s always the chance he may just need this outing but at the price he’s still worth chancing.
My final bet of the day comes in this handicap contest for the fillies from LVBet. Temeraire will likely give it a good go from the front, whilst Mythical Spirit won nicely over course and distance last time out. Not quite so nicely as the Henry Spiller runner, Good Business though. This daughter of Dutch Art has shown marked improvement this term, winning both of her starts in 2018, both times over this course and distance, and looking to have plenty left in the tank on each occasion. She is up 7lbs for that latest success, but with Spiller calling on the services of capable 5lb claimer, William Cox, she is effectively only 2lbs higher for a three-length success and looks well in.