Make some profit with Easterby's Jewel
15:10 Catterick - Back Jewel Maker @ 10.09/1
Yesterday's selections were both on the all-weather, but it's a return to deep ground on Tuesday for the action at Catterick. At the time of writing the going was described as heavy, and that shouldn't appear to be a problem for Tim Easterby's Jewel Maker.
He's got a somewhat chequered profile in a curious career thus far. He started out with Dermot Weld in the Moyglare silks but struggled in handicap company following his maiden success at Cork, running over a variety of trips from 6f to 1m4f.
Since the switch to Easterby's Yorkshire yard, his mark has dropped but he has put together two solid efforts over 5f recently, and he looks a little overpriced at around the 10.09/1 mark.
Last time he ran over 5f at Musselburgh, but I liked his previous effort in heavy conditions at Redcar over the minimum trip. He stayed on in that race to suggest the extra furlong for Tuesday's contest will suit him.
At one stage he was bred to be a world-beater, and whilst his career hasn't quite gone according to plan, he's off a decent mark to be a player here.
Guardia can come out on top for Hawke
16:00 Chepstow - Back Guardia Top @ 4.03/1
Finding a second bet on the day was tough. Very tough.
I've ended up with Nigel Hawke's Guardia Top - who runs in the 16:00 at Chepstow, and I give the filly a chance to back up her victory in a maiden hurdle last time at Perth.
She was rated 97 for that, and the assessor has kept her on the same mark for the switch back into a handicap. That tells us that the success in Scotland wasn't that highly regarded!
The switch to front-running tactics worked well for her on that occasion as she had been far too keen against a stronger stayer previously at Newton Abbot. She steps up in distance for today, and as long as she settles again with the lead, I give her a chance.
From a low weight against some very exposed older horses in the main, I'd like to see a repeat of the positive tactics that worked so well last time, as I like forward pressers at Chepstow.
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