Nick Shiambouros is in the hot seat today with two strong fancies from Chester and Lingfield and a short priced place lay...
"I think she is open to significant improvement, and should go very close for her astute trainer."
Back Vibe Queen at 3.3512/5 on the exchange in the 16:55 at Chester
16:55 Chester - Vibe Queen
This is an interesting maiden featuring a few well bred individuals, but one filly that stands out is John Gosden's Vibe Queen.
This daughter of Invincible Spirit caught the eye when finishing a closing fourth to stablemate Yasmeen at Newbury last month. She ran on in great style inside the final furlong, and finished the race with good energy. The runner-up has since won a race at Lingfield, and the winner holds a Coronation entry at Royal Ascot.
I think she is open to significant improvement, and should go very close for her astute trainer. The current price of 3.3512/5 on the exchange is more than fair and I will be backing her accordingly.
14:30 Lingfield - Mullionheir
This looks like a pretty competitive handicap, and as a result I am going to take on hat-trick seeking Mullionheir in the place market at around 2.47/5.
This gelding ran down Picket Line in the dying strides at Kempton last month. It was a pretty modest affair, but the handicapper has done him no favours raising him 10lbs.
He faces stiff opposition from Acolyte, Dame Liberty and Gun Case who are all entitled to show improvement. Weight stops a train, and I can see him hitting a brick wall when the race unfolds.
I think he may drift in the market, so I would advise laying him early.
16:45 Lingfield - Fleeting Strike
The Hannon yard is represented by Fleeting Strike who should get off the mark in this interesting maiden.
This Acclamation colt was not fancied on debut at Kempton last month, but ran very well finishing fourth to Highest Level. He closed steadily in the latter part of the race and was not knocked about. I think the price in the Sportsbook of 3/1 is worth taking despite opposition from some nice unraced types.
The two Godolphin runners Ijmally and Whistler Mountain should make an impact, but the danger to the selection may come from War Strike. This colt by Ghostzapper has plenty of speed in his pedigree and should be ready to do himself justice on debut.
Friday's Recommended Bets
Back Vibe Queen @ 3.3512/5 in the 16:55 at Chester
Lay Mullionheir @ 2.47/5 in the place market in the 14:30 at Lingfield
Back Fleeting Strike in the Sportsbook at 3/1 in the 16:45 at Lingfield