A frustrating second for Alan Dudman yesterday at Leicester, so the attention turns to Chester's May Meeting on Wednesday, and two selections at decent prices are highlighted...
"The selection is trained by Ralph Beckett, and he looks to be a nice work in progress as a stayer. It surprised me he was as big as 8/1 on Tuesday night, considering he still has a lot of potential over a trip run at a pace."
I have certain trainers I tend to struggle with in terms of finding a winner - so hopefully I can buck the trend with the Mark Johnston runner Watersmeet in the Chester Cup.
The case is fairly simple at 10/1 available on the Sportsbook for this marathon test; he is a front runner with a low draw. If you are looking to trade in-running, he could represent a chance to lay back your stake fairly early in the race.
Drawn in 6, he brings to the table plenty of all-weather form after a busy winter - and he really thrived. He beat Winning Story from the front at Chelmsford in March, but tables were turned by that Godolphin runner, as Watermeet finished second behind him in the Marathon on AW Finals Day.
The draw wasn't ideal for his style on that occasion, and not being able to lead might have compromised his chance. He was also just outstayed by the winner - but they broke the track record there by 1.55 seconds, so we cannot be too negative about a very good performance.
Despite a disappointing turf campaign in 2016, there was a decent run at Newmarket where he finished runner-up from a mark of 98 - and he is only 3lb higher today despite his good spell on the artificial. Franny Norton on board is a big plus too.
The obvious one is Stradivarius here, but this looks a really interesting handicap and the 13/8 favourite could be made to work.
For this three-year-old contest; all manner of these could improve, and the 8/1 on Here And Now gets the vote.
As pedigrees go, he has an impeccable one by Dansili and Look Here - so for his second run in a handicap from a mark of 77, he could be extremely well treated. He looks a stayer, and he held a Derby entry earlier on this year.
He ran in a strong handicap at Kempton last time. The winner Monarchs Glen showed too much pace in that, and the second Big Challenge looks a good horse too. Here And Now shaped well though, and wouldn't possess the kind of acceleration that Monarchs Glen produced that night.
The selection is trained by Ralph Beckett, and he looks to be a nice work in progress as a stayer. It surprised me he was as big as 8/1 on Tuesday night, considering he still has a lot of potential over a trip run at a pace.
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