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It's a quiet Monday after the excellent weekend's racing, and with York just ten days away, it is expected midweek racing to be quiet. Still, there are some interesting angles into the days racing.
At Kempton today, four of the seven races are for two-year-old runners, and the most interesting of those is the 15:00, where One World 2.111/10 gets first-time cheek-pieces. John Gosden has had a 28% strike rate fitting cheek-pieces to two-year-olds who last run on turf and are switching to the AW.
From the US to Wolverhampton, jockey William Buick is putting in the miles this week. He has three rides today, and his most interesting comes in the first, the 13:45. Buick partners with trainer Hughie Morrison and they have a 36% strike rate with three-year-olds. They partner with Banned 2.915/8.
Windsor's feature contest comes at 19:05, and Gaius 2.47/5 will look to break his duck after finishing in the money on all bar one occasion in his career.
Trainer Alice Haynes is the furthest traveller on the Ripon card today, with her sole runner of the meeting Expeditious 4.03/1. The trainer is 50% (1-2) here with two-year-olds and has a 23% strike rate this season with that age group.
Trainer Clive Cox bids for his third successive victory in the 13:30 at Kempton with Mambo Beat 34.033/1.
Trainer David Menuisier has picked his Kempton battles well this season and has a 30% strike rate at the AW venue. Today he runs Munch 2.68/5 at 14:30.
At Windsor, it's worth keeping an eye on debutant Heartbreak Lass 8.07/1, at 18:35, who is a half-sister to the smart A'Ali and Slomo - she is bred to be speedy.
Horses for courses
This section highlights the best bets from horses that have won twice or more at today's tracks.
13:30 Kempton - Bulleit - Has won here twice (67%)
14:15 Wolverhampton - Steelriver - Has won here seven times (16%)
16:00 Kempton - Central City - Has won here twice (20%)
Weighted to go well
"Weighted to go well" highlights horses running that are more than 10lbs below their last winning handicap mark.
16:00 Kempton - Central City - Has won off 74 runs off 62
19:15 Ripon - Coley's Koko - Has won off 67 runs off 55
Today's furthest traveller outside of regular long-distance travellers Charlie and Mark Johnston, who head to Kempton today, is trainer Ruth Carr with one runner at Windsor.
Carr has made the 192-mile journey and saddles Tromoso 34.033/1 at 20:10 and has had two winners from nine runners (22%) this season at Windsor.
Race of the day
Today's feature race is Kempton's 15:30, where a field of seven head to post, and it's a contest that could pay to focus on the three-year-olds.
William Haggas' Tamila rightfully heads the market and looks fairly treated back in a handicap after dotting up in a Maiden for a confidence booster last time. She is progressive, and her form looks fairly strong. She is the one to beat switched back to the AW surface, but she needs to pull out more to defy this seven pounds higher mark back in handicap company.
Greek Flame is over-priced based on her time figures at Wolverhampton compared to the favourite. She has been frustrating to back but has hit the frame in all-bar one start in her short career. The step up in distance today should bring about further improvement, and she is unexposed.
Hexameter's stamina is in question for this trip move today, but she is another unexposed runner in the field and represents powerful connections. The handicapper has taken no chances with her opening rating, and she could be up against it today.
Big race verdict
It's a good race and perhaps more open than the market would suggest. A chance can be taken with Greek Flame, who is a sure-fire improver for this step up in distance and has run some good figures, which leaves her little to find with the short-priced Haggas favourite. Tamila can follow her home.
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The Shergar Cup was a rather exciting card this year, and plenty of props should be given to Ascot for putting on such competitive racing. The social channels seem to give the Racing League and the Shergar Cup plenty of stick, but it has been the best and the most competitive racing we have seen for the past ten days at least!
As a punter, you want competitive racing and a good betting card. It's all well and good seeing the likes of Baaeed racing, but when he is priced at 1/4 in a four or five-runner field, it's far less appealing.
If no one is going to blow your trumpet - do it yourself!
Saturday was a profitable day for Betfair column followers as we struck with two winners from three selections. The NAP, Mr McCann, did us a turn at Haydock at 5/1 and showed a battling attitude to hold off an array of challenges, and Pride Of Priory at the Shergar Cup meeting could not have been any more impressive than winning as he liked.
The disappointment of the column was second-placed Grocer Jack, and that will probably teach me to offer up a short-priced selection (not something that usually happens).
Still, a good first day covering for Tony Calvin and be sure to check out the ante-post column that will be live Tuesday morning.
Until tomorrow, be lucky.
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