Peter Teazle continued his excellent form on Thursday with 7/4 and 9/4 winners from Meydan and Kempton and he turns his attention to the all weather again on Friday as the national hunt card at Fakenham makes very little appeal. He has selections at both Wolverhampton and Dundalk.
Wolverhampton 6:35 – Majika
This is quite a high class handicap for a Friday night at Wolverhampton and it was on the same night 5 weeks ago that Majika really marked herself down as an improving filly and one who could prove to be quite exciting during the latter part of the all weather season.
She had previously won at this venue back in December off a mark of 74, before running below her best at Southwell on the first day of the New Year. However back on her preferred surface, the daughter of Dubawi was always travelling comfortably just off the pace. When she was asked to go and win her race as they turned into the straight, she quickened impressively and only had to be kept up to her work by Martin Harley to record a comfortable 1.75 length triumph over Kashmir Peak.
Majika has been raised 6lb for that effort and is 6lb worse off with Kashmir Peak. They are both also raised in grade from a Class 3 contest to this Class 2 level. However she looked to have quite a bit in hand at the end of that race and she is quite a confident selection to take this hike in the weights and class in her stride.
Dundalk 9:15 – Defining Year
Gretzky is in excellent form at the moment and he followed up a win at this venue in December off a mark of 77, with a smooth success 3 weeks ago off a mark of 81. He has now been reassessed to a mark of 87 and looks well up to being competitive off this revised rating.
However he meets Defining Year on 18lb worse than normal handicap terms and it looks to be a big ask for him to concede 7lbs to the Dermot Weld 6 year old. Defining Year has been very disappointing over hurdles this season and this could very well result in him being weak in the betting and going off at a bigger price than you might normally expect. I would tend to forgive his efforts over hurdles to date and he could well be on a cleverly plotted handicap mission given the history that his trainer has with many similar types. He has looked to be cutting out in his races, but the return to the flat and this decent surface look to be steps in the right direction. Defining Year has a mark of 98 on the flat and it is doubtful that he can win competitive handicaps off this rating. However a win in this contest on such favourable terms will not affect his mark and if he is workmanlike he could actual get an ease in the ratings.
The early price for Defining Year is 11/10 with Boylesports, but there is every chance that despite the difference in ratings, these rivals will be very close together in the market at the off. Therefore the guaranteed price is very useful if you are taking the early odds offered.
0.75 points win Majika – Wolverhampton 6:35 at 11/4 with Stan James
0.75 points win Defining Year – Dundalk 9:15 at 11/10 with Boylesports and William Hill