Steve Hughes looks ahead to the best of Wednesday’s racing
After a quiet day on Tuesday things get back to normal today with a full programme expected. I have a tip for the flat and one over jumps.
Towcester 3.10: Dark Aster
Trainer Richard Mitford-Slade has made a terrific start to his training career under rules having had his first runners only a few months ago. Dark Aster has shown plenty of promise already and the mare can make a winning start in handicap company with the step up to 3m expected to suit.
She gets into this race off the back of just two runs in novice company because she has been placed on both starts. She found 2m way too sharp at Bangor first time out, but made up good late ground.
She was then showed even more promise over 2m5f at Warwick, again doing all her best work in the closing stages behind two decent novices. This stiff track and longer distance can only see her in a better light again.
Wolverhampton 6.45: Acclaim the Nation
Very pacy, Acclaim the Nation can take advantage of his low draw and go from the front to suit his style of racing.
We only saw the gelding twice in 2017, but he won first time out at Doncaster, making all the running on that day – which takes plenty of doing on that galloping track. He went too fast at Newmarket on rain softened ground next time, but presumably met with a setback hence the long absence.
However given he won off a seven month absence at the start of last season, that need not be a negative. He had also finished second on his first ever start in 2015, his only experience to date of an All Weather surface, but he certainly seemed to handle it at Newcastle. This turning track ought to suit him even more.
1pt win – Dark Aster – 3.10 Towcester – 3/1 general
1pt win – Acclaim the Nation – 6.45 Wolverhampton – 15/2 William Hill, Paddy Power