Maghlaak ready to step up again at Kempton
Back Maghlaak @ 2.01/1 in the 14:30 at Kempton
A decent run out from Magnetic North for yesterday's column, finishing second at 10/1, although another runner-up selection hitting odds-on in-running at 1.392/5 was the latest in a long list.
We're playing at the top end of the market for Tuesday and nothing so fancy in terms of price with Maghlaak, but he looks a winner in waiting following a highly encouraging third on debut at Kempton in a time that was quicker than the first division that day.
The 3yo is a son of Classic winner Ghanaati - who incidentally won at Kempton too, and he ran nicely behind two potentially exciting horses recently. In particular the winner, who is supremely bred half-brother to Logician in Okeechobee.
He came form a little further back than the first two, but travelled well enough until the Okeechobee slipped away. He wasn't given a hard race at all, and the improvement is obvious from a good draw in 2.
Charlie Hills' best strike-rate is with his 3yos on the AW at 25%.
Tate can ready one first time up at Wolverhampton
Back Special Forces @ 3.55/2 in the 18:35 at Wolverhampton
The favourite Proud Fairy is only rated 66 and looks beatable as one of the favourites for the 18:35 Novice Stakes while Hezmie's shock win at Newcastle may be a fluke looking at the time figure.
The one of interest is the James Tate newcomer Special Forces, who is by Holy Roman Emperor and a dam who is related to Group 1 winner Invincible Spirit.
Tate has shown he can ready a debutant off the shelf, notably with Behind The Scenes five days ago winning a 2yo race at a big price at Kempton and he's 4-5 with his juveniles on the AW this season. Special Forces is a year older, and despite the belated debut, I am happy to take a chance considering the opposition.
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