Make it a happy Tuesday with Hacienda
Back La Hacienda @ 7/1 in the 16:40 at Gowran Park
Trainer Matty Smith's horses have been running well of late, with an easy bumper winner and a success on the level in the last few days and La Hacienda looks a good price for an each-way bet in the first division of the 1m6f handicap.
Named after the venue where Bez of Happy Mondays honed his craft, the filly ran at the back-end of the Galway festival in August and an appearance there too over 1m6f in September with a solid effort in the first-time headgear. Shame she didn't run on Monday for the headline.
The ground was good with her 1m4f attempt, and she wasn't quite quick enough to cause a problem to the leader, and it was quite slow going in the end. I'm not sure Galway with the turns would have been her track anyway.
She looks as if she's crying out for some soft ground - conditions she acted on during her racing days in Germany.
Mark out Book to gain first win at Kempton
20:30 Kempton - Back Bookmark @ 9/2
The closing handicap at Kempton can go the way of Bookmark - a filly who has been improving this year. She has also been well backed and cut from 11/2 to 9/2 this morning.
She landed a fairly decent handicap at Chester recently from 65 with a well-time ride from Hayley Turner. Delivered off a strong pace seemed to suit her that day, adding to a previous easy win at Pontefract and at that stage, she still looked to have a couple more races in her.
Another visit to the Roodeye last time proved somewhat unlucky as the unsteady pace early on didn't suit and was caught on the inside surrounded, with not a lot of room to play with.
A switch to the all-weather shouldn't be too much of a problem as she is unexposed on the surface, and certainly with her staying well Kempton should suit. Her sire Dawn Approach has a 12% strike-rate at the venue.
Cross Sport Double
Leg 1: Back Pens Man to win the 15:15 Exeter
Nathan Joyes says: "Jonjo O'Neil and Jonjo O'Neil Jr team up on Pens Man over at Exeter and is very much the one to beat after an impressive chase win over at Warwick last month. That form has been boosted by the placed horses in behind and the six-year-old can make it three wins on the bounce."
Leg 2: Back Liverpool to beat Atletico Madrid
Andy Brassell says: "Jürgen Klopp's team may have been expected to beat Watford at the weekend but the sheer ruthlessness with which they put their hosts to the sword underlined that the 2020 Premier League champions have banished last season's uncertainties."
"What will more concern Atlético Madrid is that there have been plenty of sightings of Liverpool's rampant best in a Champions League context already this season."