Bets of the Day: Cape Caster can get the better of the short priced Red Riverman

Cape Castor will battle all the way
Cape Castor will battle all the way

Alan Thompson is taking on a short priced favourite today at Stratford and has another selection from Redcar...

"He has already won two of his eight chase starts for Evan Williams."

Back Cape Caster @ 10/3 in the 15:10 Stratford

15:10 Stratford - Back Cape Caster @ 10/3

Although only four go to post for this handicap chase, it still promises to be an intriguing race and I can't see any value in the odds-on favourite Red Riverman at 4/7 in such a trappy little affair. Initially, I was just going to lay Red Riverman on the exchange but at the time of writing 1.875/6 was too big, so instead I have decided to back Cape Caster at 10/3 and hope I have chosen the right one of the remaining three runners to oppose the favourite with.

Red Riverman has done nothing wrong after returning from a 565 day lay off, he finished a creditable second at Cartmel on his return then followed that up with winning by six lengths in comfortable fashion at Uttoxeter last time out. However, a couple of thigs worry me about him today, he has to a carry 6lb extra for that latest win, which puts him off a mark he has never won off before and 3lb claimer Jamie Bargary takes the ride (Sam Twiston-Davies has gone to Newton Abbot today for one ride - Theo in the 16:50). In these small tactically run races its often the quality of the jockey rather than the best horse that prevails and while I have no problems with Jamie Bargary I just think he represents no value a the prices and therefore can be taken on.

Of the remaining three runners Cape Caster looks the one that can give the favourite the most to do. He has already won two of his eight chase starts for Evan Williams despite not looking a natural over fences, he is getting better with each start though and despite not jumping well last time out he was only beaten five lengths by an in form rival. If his jumping holds up this time around under Adam Wedge, he still remains well treated on the best of his hurdling form and with his battling qualities I would rather take a chance with backing him at 10/3 than lay the favourite at 1.875/6.

16:30 Redcar - Back Muscika @ 5/2

Muscika is a lightly-raced three-year-old making his seventh career start. However, he has already won twice for David O'Meara this year and he was only beaten three and half lengths when he did not get the clearest of passages in a decent handicap at Ayr earlier this month.

He gets in here on the same mark today and with his three-year-old allowance he has plenty in-hand with his rivals on official ratings. Daniel Tudhope gets on well with the horse and with both his previous successes coming on the same quick ground he encouters today, I think he looks to have a good chance of getting his head in front again today.

Recommended Bet:

Back Cape Caster @ 10/3 in the 15:10 Stratford
Back Muscika @ 5/2 in the 16:30 Redcar

2017 Overall (prior to this week): +2.14 pts

This week so far...

Staked: 4 pts

Returned: 12.5 pts

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