Arabic has charmed me
Leg 1: Back Arabic Charm @ 15/2 in the 18:30 at Wolverhampton
A winner with Mick Pastor yesterday for the column, but Valentina Lady unseated at the last, so we go again on Tuesday.
The last two weeks have been kind to trainer Saeed bin Suroor with a pair of listed wins, a Group 2 with Benbatl and Bedouin's Story's success in the Cambridgeshire at a whopping price. And as a fan of the trainer harking back to the 90s, needless to say, I backed none of them.
However, we could get some payback with Arabic Charm, as a natural front-runner under Oisin Murphy - albeit from a tricky draw out in nine.
She has a tendency to over-race and likes to get on with things, but she has certainly improved with the headgear combination of the hood and tongue-tie. It worked well at Brighton earlier in the season when she won a 0-80 from the front readily.
Her latest run at Sandown somewhat petered out, but that was after a small break of 76 days and I am prepared to give her another chance.
The top weight has been lowered 1lb following that run, but she is unexposed on the all-weather and makes her Tapeta debut this evening. She is also a fairly big price at 17/2, so if you are playing the win single on the Exchange, she represents a good back-to-lay trade.
Fiero to have the speed
Leg 2: Back Fierospeed in the 20:00 at Wolverhampton
The penultimate race at Wolves revolves around Pretty Sweet as the unexposed runner in the field, and one of the younger horses in the line-up, but Richard Hannon's Fierospeed makes slightly more appeal at a bigger price.
He has been racing mostly on the turf this term with a series of solid runs over 1m2f and has had a couple of darts in the Racing League on Thursday nights - where he wasn't beaten far at Doncaster and Windsor - once I worked out what where he was in the field.
His latest piece of form from Salisbury could be strong enough if he can translate that third behind Neenee's Choice, a filly who has gone on to score recently off 85 at Newbury. Fierospeed's mark has been left unchanged and runs from top weight here.
The 3yo has a solid profile on the all-weather too posting wins at Wolverhampton and Lingfield earlier in the year. His performance at Lingfield was the standout in taking that 0-90, a race with an even pace and he travelled quite nicely through that race.
My record with his trainer Hannon wouldn't be the best, but a return to the all-weather could be a plus for this runner.
Daily Multi Sport Double
Leg 1: Back Casilli to win the 15:50 at Ayr
Timeform say: "He has built up a real rapport with this rider and, judged by the manner of his latest success, he is fancied to defy the handicapper once again and complete a hat-trick."
Leg 2: Back Liverpool to beat Porto @ 1.758/11
Jamie Pacheco says: "Liverpool have been pretty ruthless when it comes to playing Porto over the past few years. In the 2018/19 season they beat them 2-0 at home and 4-1 away to win 6-1 on aggregate and the year before that it was 5-0 in Porto to the Reds, before they took their foot off the pedal and 'just' drew 0-0 at home, when all the hard work was done."