Steve Hughes has two picks for Wednesday
Ahead of the Grand National meeting on Thursday, we have fairly modest racing today, especially with Nottingham abandoned. However I have two each-way bets.
Market Rasen 4.40: Milly Baloo
It is a shame we only have seven runners, but nevertheless Milly Baloo is very consistent and still represents each-way value.
The snag is she is very difficult to win with – she would surely have won at Catterick back in February only to run out at the final fence. Prior to that she idled on the run-in at Wetherby and was caught close home. For those reasons she is risky for win purposes.
On the positive side she was a fine fourth last time in the Mares Challenger Series Final at Haydock staying on well over the 2m6f. Prior to that she was second here over hurdles and so the recent form is there, as is the ability to handle the track and soft ground. This race is much easier than her Haydock task and so is worth the each-way dabble.
Kempton 8.15: Regicide
In a race where five of his ten opponents are making their seasonal debuts, Regicide is fully fit and can therefore be fully expected to run his race, unlike a few of the others.
James Fanshawe’s gelding has not always found a huge amount off the bridle but did find for pressure when winning at Lingfield two starts ago over a furlong further. That was the second season running he had won first time out.
He was not so good back at Lingfield last time, but has decent form in the past at this venue. He was second in a maiden here back in 2016 and second over this course and distance last May. Given uncertainty surrounding many of his opponents through form and fitness I think Regicide is priced well enough for an each-way wager.
0.75pts each-way – Milly Baloo – 4.40 Market Rasen – 8/1 William Hill
1pt each-way – Regicide – 8.15 Kempton – 15/2 Bet365, BetVictor