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Six of the last ten and four of the last six winners of the opening 13:30 at Brighton have been four-year-olds. Two had no course experience, so Liberty Bay 8.07/1 and Silva Diva 7.06/1 should be viewed positively.
In the 14:00 at Brighton, trainer Rae Guest saddles Famous Footsteps 8.07/1, and she has a 19% strike rate with handicap debutants.
In the 14:30 at Brighton, trainers Daniel and Claire Kubler have a 43% strike rate with four-year-old plus runners at the seaside venue. They saddle Zulu Girl 9.08/1.
In the 15:30 at Brighton, Junoesque 3.02/1 will bid for her ninth-course win at the track.
Beverley's feature race comes at 15:15, and jockey Paul Mulrennan has been profitable to back £48 to a £1 level stake in the last 14 days. He takes the ride on Qaasid 10.09/1.
Newbury's 17:25 Apprentice Handicap is wide open, but trainer Denis Coakley and jockey George Bass have a 27% strike rate together this season, and they partner on Wonder Starelzaam 10.09/1.
Backing all of David Probert's rides for trainer Simon Pearce would have yielded a £23 profit from a £1 level stake. He takes the ride on Stumble Field 17.016/1 in the 19:40 at Newbury.
Horses for courses
This section highlights the best bets from horses that have won twice or more at today's tracks.
14:30 Brighton - Zulu Girl - Has won here three times (75%)
14:30 Brighton - Batchelor Boy - Has won here three times (38%)
14:45 Beverley - Piastrella - Has won here twice (67%)
Weighted to go well
"Weighted to go well" highlights horses running that are more than 10lbs below their last winning handicap mark.
13:30 Brighton - Liberty Bay - Has won off 70 runs off 58
16:15 Beverley - Dandy's Angel - Has won off 64 runs off 52
20:10 Newbury - Eton College - Has won off 86 runs off 74
Today's furthest travellers are Charlie and Mark Johnston who have made the 296-mile journey to Brighton with two runners. They saddle Toussarok at 14:30 and Red Kite at 16:00.
Race of the day
We head to Newbury for today's race of the day, the 19:10 Class 4 JCB Handicap, where a field of seven head to post.
Zain Nights heads the market and arrives as the unexposed three-year-old with a course win to his name. He had every chance of scoring when well positioned in a very slowly run affair here when a head second to Australian Angel. This is tougher than that contest, and he took an age to warm to the task. He may be seen to best effect in the Autumn when the ground gets testing. Expect a market drift from his 2/1.
Grand Scheme is on the upgrade and scored with plenty in hand over course and distance, and a six pounds rise may not be enough to stop him from going in again.
Pat Dobbs boxed clever on his latest start taking advantage of no pacemaker in the race by dictating from start to finish. Still, his stamina is assured, and he has every right to play a hand at the finish.
Scarlet Dragon was better than the bare result suggests on return at Newmarket in a hot class 2 contest and now drops into a Class 4 0-85 race for the first time since landing back-to-back handicaps at this venue in 2016.
The handicapper has been quick to relent by dropping him ten pounds in two runs this term. He may not be the force of old, but this is far calmer waters than he is used to, and he may just have the class to scalp his rivals today.
Big race verdict
It will take a leap of faith to back Scarlet Dragon, but with his sights lowered on this drop in grade and the removal of the hood at a track he likes, means a well overdue victory could be waiting. He gets the vote over second choice Grand Scheme and third choice course specialist, and 2019 winner Frontispiece.
Dudman at the daily double!
Alan Dudman was mighty unlucky with a first and second at Hexham yesterday, with his second leg hitting 1.09 in-running. His Monday picks are at Windsor pays out 20/1 for the multiple...
Read Dudman's tips here.
Time for Touchwood to come good at Newbury
In the 20:10 at Newbury, Charles Hills' Touchwood 3.55/2 can get off the mark for the season after finishing runner-up in three outings this term. He has been unlucky, including on his latest start when hampered by a Brighton winner, and a change of fortune is due with William Buick back in the saddle.
Touchwood clocked a useful time figure at Kempton on his final start last term and has returned to action this season better than ever. Still, he hasn't been seen to best effect at Lingfield in two runs this season, with the sharp nature of that track pushing him wide on the course on both occasions, only for him to finish off his race strongly.
Today's long Newbury home straight will emphasise stamina as he steps back up in distance to seven furlongs for which he is unexposed, and he is hard to ignore on this drop back into Class 5 company.
Racecourses are being urged to do more in the attempt to attract the over 60's to mid-week racing after it emerged that the concessions for that age group received before the pandemic are no more at certain tracks.
It was suggested in the Racing Post today by a race fan that a midweek pensioner card would go down a treat, allowing pensioners to access the racecourse during the week (off-peak hours) for a reduced and reasonable price.
The fall in mid-week attendance since the pandemic was inevitable, and it's something we have touched on in this column multiple times with 90% of the public at work.
Knowing your target audience is something racing is yet to get to grips with, and lowering the pricing during the week or targetting the retired is not only common sense but absolutely necessary for the product to work during these hours.
The concession to introduce young people to racing with an 18-24 reduced-price ticket was a good initiative by the racecourses, but forgetting those loyal to racing for many years is a mistake.
Goodwood is my local track. Clicking on their website and looking at their midweek racing (Tuesday 6th September) shows the Gordon Enclosure at £21, Richmond at £29, and the two Sussex Bars at £75 and £50 a pop.
A sizeable expenditure for an OAP whose pension income averages around £300 per week.
The one thing noticeable about racing is their lack of ambition to increase audience sizes from promotion to pricing. An OAP racing passport should be considered - almost like a football season ticket that allows pensioners to fill their free time by heading to the track an unlimited amount of times during off-peak hours for a fixed price.
Until tomorrow, be lucky!
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