Starting tonight’s preview at Bangor I see that Isn’t That Lucky, who won for us at 10/1 last time, runs in the 3.00. Isn’t That Lucky is getting weight from his main rival and looks the likely winner.
Elsewhere on the Bangor card Len Lungo looks to have found a winning opportunity for Delightfully in the 2.30 while Carrick Oscar is of some interest in the 4.40. He suffered a setback after winning a soft ground bumper at Towcester last season and finished 3rd despite pulling hard on his reappearance at Chepstow. He tackles 3 miles for the first time tomorrow which should suit him and if he settles better he has an each way chance.
Moving on to Newbury the 2.55 looks an ultra competitive affair. I have a short list of 4 for this consisting of Classic Fiddle, Scarvagh Diamond, Miss Mitch and Theatre Diva. Miss Mitch, a winner at Wincanton earlier in the season was 2nd over hurdles at this meeting last season. She is a horse I have always liked but she does have her share of weight. The case for Scarvagh Diamond revolves around the going. Her last 3 wins have all come on heavy ground so the more rain we get the better her chances. Classic Fiddle seemed to be going the right way with 2 wins over fences but was pulled up last time out. There were physical reasons put forward for that so if she is back to her best she would be in with a good chance. Theatre Diva has only been out of the first two once in her last 10 starts has won on soft ground and is ridden by a decent claimer. This is a very hard one to call but Scarvagh Diamond would be my each way selection on heavy ground.
The bumper (4.30) was won last season by Diamond Harry and, although he has not run since he attempts to follow up tomorrow. He clearly acts on the track, he won on soft ground and obviously goes well fresh so he be on the premises again.
The third jumps venue tomorrow is Stratford where my best offering is Low Delta in the 4.20.
There is flat action at Doncaster where Brave Prospector is likely to start favourite in the 2.35. He comes from an in form stable and has the best form in the book but there are a few question marks against him. At a better price Louis Seffens looks a promising sort for Alan Swinbank after finishing 2nd on his only start last year at this track.
In the 3.05 Valery Borzov is an interesting runner for Dandy Nicholls. This is a speedy type who should win races this year although perhaps he will be better over sprint distances and on faster ground.
I afncy Burning Incense as a horse to follow this season. He didn’t win last year although he did run some solid races and he is now with Michael Dods who does well with sprinters. Burning Incence should handle the ground OK but is drawn 3 which may turn out to be the wrong side. He has an each way chance at 12/1.
Moheebb should be all the better for his run at Redcar the other day. I see that he wears first time blinkers in the 4.45.
In the 4.50 at Kempton King of Dixie will have only his 3rd career start despite being a 4 year old. He is an imposing individual who made all in emphatic style to win at Kempton in January. He drops down to 6 furlongs here which is slightly surprising but he is open to improvement and certainly one to keep an eye on.
At Nad Al Sheba Godolphin look to have a strong hand in the 3.55 with Literato and Creachadoir. Frankie Dettori has a high opinion of Creachadoir so the fact that he has chosen to ride Literato instead may be a tip in itself.
Dettori rides Jalil in the 5.30.. It would be quite something if Jalil could win this as, despite costing a king’s ransom he was far from convincing in his early days in the UK with his only success coming in a maiden at Ripon.
That is about it for tonight. I will be back tomorrow evening for a look at Sunday’s racing.