Steve Hughes has two tips for the latter stages of Tuesday’s two afternoon cards at Bath and Beverley.
It is mainly low grade stuff again on Tuesday, although Bath do have a few quality sprints on offer, none more so than the 4.45 contest over the minimum trip where my selection can pick up the pieces off what is likely to be a furious pace. I also have a veteran mare worth considering despite only coming out of retirement recently at Beverley. Franklin Roosevelt got us off to a winning start for the week at Newton Abbot on Monday with a 5/1 (advised) win.
Bath 4.45: Extrasolar
Despite racing during most of his career over 6f and even 7f, Extrasolar looks to have improved somewhat for a step back to 5f in recent weeks and this Bath sprint could set up nicely for him on the steady climb to the finish at the Lansdown track.
Prior to a similar grade contest at Salisbury last month, Extrasolar had just two races over the minimum trip, but had been beaten just a nose as a juvenile at Sandown and was not disgraced when finishing in mid-division on Goodwood’s sharper 5f last summer. However Salisbury’s stiff 5f proved just the ticket as brough for a challenge over a furlong out, he ran on very strongly to defeat Angel Way by over a length.
Despite that win he went off an unconsidered 25/1 shot at Sandown recently, but performed with plenty of credit to finish fifth in a big field, where he was given plenty to do. Another stiff 5f here should suit and he does seem to have the pace to lie up over this distance. Timing will be all important here and there is every chance of a burn up with both Monumental Man and Powerful Wind natural pacesetters who could easily take each other on and go too fast. Pat Dobbs steered him to win at Salisbury and gets the opportunity to repeat the feat this afternoon.
Beverley 5.30: Snow Dancer
After an honourable career that saw her win seven times but place on a further 26 occasions, it seemed we had seen the last of Snow Dancer on the racecourse when only ninth at Carlisle in July 2012. However she is back for more this summer on a vastly reduced handicap mark and there was enough promise in her performance at Doncaster last time to think there is still a small race in her, even at the age of ten.
Rookie trainer John Riches has made a decent start to his training career and after just two runs in 2014, the handicapper has given her a real chance by dropping her a further 9lbs to 60, bearing in mind she ran off 77 on her final start of 2012, and has raced off as high as 86 in the past.
Understandably well beaten on her long awaited return at Haydock (especially given unsuitably slow ground) she ran much better when third to Elizabeth Coffee at Doncaster last time. Her best performances on turf usually came on stiff tracks and fast ground and she will get both today. Her first win came over this very same course way back in 2007 as a 3yo and she has since won twice around Pontefract. A hold up horse, a strong pace is likely given the size of the field, so I can see Snow Dancer running on strongly as others tire in the closing stages.
1pt win – Extrasolar – 4.45 Bath (7/2 Ladbrokes)
1pt each-way – Snow Dancer – 5.30 Beverley (10/1 Paddy Power)