It's another day for a cheap perm and Fakenham, though behind Warwick in terms of quality, rates as more likely to yield on those terms...
"Cash Injection is easily the most interesting of these from a handicapping perspective and, although recent improved efforts have come at Exeter, he travels well enough to think the switch to this sharper track oughtn’t inconvenience him."
13:00 - Canuspotit is, somewhat ironically, as clear as day in the first and makes plenty of sense as a banker. He seemed to need the run, for both fitness and experience, on his debut and built on that when second to the exciting Red Sherlock at Southwell last time. Stoutly bred, Canuspotit really ought to be suited by this further step up in distance and already sets the standard.
13:30 - This is a relatively uncompetitive novice handicap, with three dominating the betting. How Calaf fares in the market nearer the off should give the biggest clue to his chances, while Kodicil will carry an inordinate amount of the pool as a short-priced favourite. Therefore the vote goes to Make Me A Fortune, who makes his handicap debut up in trip. That move ought to suit this point runner-up, who has been given a fair opening mark based on the bare form of his tries over shorter. Early strength in the betting and the booking of Daryl Jacob are hopefully hints towards a big run being expected today.
14:00 - The straight-bat approach looks the most prudent in leg three. Cash Injection is easily the most interesting of these from a handicapping perspective and, although recent improved efforts have come at Exeter, he travels well enough to think the switch to this sharper track oughtn't inconvenience him.
14:30 - The market is focussing on the pair of Presented and Tony Dinozzo and there looks every reason to do the same. The second-named won here last time but it was down to a comparatively rare clean round of jumping. Presented on the other hand hasn't been long with the Brian Ellison yard yet has already come back to his very best, finishing second in a good race of its type at Musselburgh on New Year's Day. He's the type to keep progressing for his new yard and is a logical selection.
15:00 - Earth Amber is a standout, but will carry the vast majority of the remaining pool. There's no one rival we'd be comfortable opposing her with, though we've been very tight up to now and can therefore stretch to two. Kathleen Frances has tended to find little of late, though there are scarcely any lesser tests over jumps than two miles at Fakenham so fears there are offset somewhat. Slipper Satin is also bound to be a relative speedster in this sphere and has the requisite Flat form to suggest she'll make a fair hurdler under the right conditions.
15:30 - We can oppose likely favourite Cruising Bye in the closer. Such is the form Midnight Charmer has been in we could almost bank on him, but we can afford a fall-back option and therefore Bill The Lad also gets in. He appeals as well handicapped, his emphatic victory over Carli King in December being advertised since, and his only run since came very soon after. The longer trip should offset the marked difference between Towcester and this track.
13:00 - 3
13:30 - 3
14:00 - 3
14:30 - 4
15:00 - 3, 8
15:30 - 4, 5
= 4 lines