Steve Hughes has the best bets on a Bank Holiday Monday programme in Britain
A bumper afternoon of racing in Britain with it being a Bank Holiday there with six meetings. The traditional highlight is the Zetland Gold Cup, one of Redcar’s feature races of the year. I also have two bets for a Veterans race at Cartmel. We managed to find the winner of the big race at Uttoxeter yesterday through Drumcliff (advised 14/1).
Cartmel 3.55: Silver Man & Boric
Two horses stand out in this veterans contest and since I found it devilishly hard to pick between them I will back both.
Silver Man was a convincing winner of this race last year and had run very well at the track the previous summer and so with Cartmel being very much a horses for courses track, he looks worth following again. He would have badly needed his first run for ten months at Uttoxeter recently and that will surely have been used with a view to peaking for this contest. At his best front-running he has a small field here and an interesting jockey booking in Danny Cook who loves to make the running in these staying chases.
Boric cannot be ignored back on good going. His last two wins came in the spring of 2017 on fast ground including the Highland National at Perth which proved his stamina for marathon trips. Just as significant was a brilliant second in the Durham National at Sedgefield this autumn when only just touched off by a well handicapped Dr Newland runner and he is 4lbs lower today having been dropped for a perfectly respectable fourth in this year’s Highland National on unsuitably soft ground.
Redcar 4.10: Restorer
We have already seen with Magic Circle how trainer Ian Williams can improve seemingly exposed horses and Restorer could well prove to be another case in point.
He had somewhat lost his way last summer with William Muir, his previous win having come at the back end of 2015 in a listed race at Newmarket. There was the odd respectable effort last campaign including an unlucky in running seventh at Royal Ascot.
However he was well punted in advance of his comeback, and debut for the Williams yard at Chester and the horse delivered in style with an all the way success over this 10f trip. He has gone up 5lbs for that but that looks fair enough and provided he can cope with the likely faster ground today there is every reason to think he can follow up.
1pt win – Silver Man – 3.55 Cartmel – 8/1 general
1pt win – Boric – 3.55 Cartmel – 5/1 general
0.75pts each-way – Restorer – 4.10 Redcar – 6/1 general