Steve Hughes has a pick from each of the two British meetings on Sunday.
Competitive enough racing on Sunday with a jumps card at Market Rasen and one on the flat at Ayr in Britain. I have a pick from each of the two.
Ayr 4.10: Smile a Mile
With this race having great potential to be a tactical affair I can see Smile a Mile being suited by a potential burn up.
As is so often the case trainer Mark Johnston is keen to put his 3yo handicappers up against more exposed older rivals. That said the selection did not impress just six days ago at Pontefract on his first try against his seniors. I am prepared to forgive that though as his form had been progressive this spring, especially on less stiff tracks.
He was gelded over the winter and that seems to have worked wonders. He had the pace to win over 7f at Musselburgh on his comeback and was always handy when scoring over this mile distance at Haydock in May. This sharp mile should be ideal and given he can race prominently, that could be the place to be against a number of hold up horses.
Market Rasen 4.20: Indian Temple
Whilst he has more than his fair share of weight, Indian Temple is a thoroughly genuine individual who should be perfectly suited to the test Market Rasen offers.
A bold jumping front-runner, he ought to be able to wing around this sharp track. He finally won over 3m under rules at Perth last time in one of their feature races, but I think it was his guts rather than stamina that won the day. In essence he is better over slightly shorter so this drop back to 2m5f makes sense.
Value At Risk has been well found in the market, probably because he has had a wind operation since last seen. However I think there is something more suspect mentally with the horse and my selection could prove hard to pass.
1pt win – Smile A Mile – 4.10 Ayr – 4/1 general
1pt win – Indian Temple – 4.20 Market Rasen – 3/1 general