Bets of the Day: Zamandas hike in the weights won't be enough to stop him
Nothing for Alan yesterday but he is looking to bounce back today with two selections from Nottingham and the evening card at Kempton...
"This progressive unexposed type's limit hasn't been reached yet, there is plenty more to come"
Zamandas is expected to improve again today
Roger Varian and Andrea Atzeni team up again with this exciting son of Pivotal, Zamandas ran a career best and broke his maiden tag last time out, winning a 13 runner handicap at Kempton 16 days ago, by what could have been more than the official one length winning margin suggests. He also has some smart novice form to his name on turf earlier this term, so a 7lb rise today shouldn't be enough to stop him from going in again this afternoon. The extra half a furlong today should also be to his liking and this progressive unexposed type's limit hasn't been reached yet, there is plenty more to come.
The danger could be Dean Ivory's runner Harlequin Striker, he landed this race last year and returns today running from that last winning mark. The first time visor will probably have the desired effect so he has to be respected despite being top weight in this contest. The concern woudl be that he is winless from his last 12 starts but at an each way price (8/1) he certainly has chances of making the frame at least.
Chica De La Noche could lead all the way
Simon Dow's charge Chica De La Noche could well be on a recovery mission tonight, the four-year-old filly was well backed here here two weeks ago when dead heating for second over this trip, she gets in here tonight off the same mark, which is clearly a decent one. Both of her wins to date have been off higher marks than she is runing off today, including her last win here which was off 16lbs higher.
We will know our fate early enough in the race as she has to lead but she is more than capable of doing that especially from her perfect draw, as long as Tom Marquand can get her out quickly she will take plenty of catching off this mark and could even come home alone recouping her followers losses from the last time.
2018 Overall (prior to this week): +89.38 pts
This week so far...
Staked: 8 pts
Returned: 6.95 pts
2017 P&L +53.30pts
2016 P&L +15.23pts