Steve Hughes picks two selections for the start of a new week
A couple of improving horses from big stables are preferred in the best of Monday’s racing. Headline selection Angel Down was a winner yesterday (SP 5/2).
Ripon 3.00: West Drive
Having already won at Windsor earlier in the season, West Drive had made a decent enough start to 2017, however there is no doubt that a step up in trip brought out further improvement at Sandown last time and he might be too classy for his opposition at Ripon.
He is 2-2 at Windsor, a track with some similarities to Ripon with tight bends but long straights. That provides plenty of encouragement for the gelding, but on the evidence of his first run at 14f last time, he has the potential to step up to top level staying handicaps soon.
That win at Sandown saw him win by a length, but I think he was value for far more than that as he was only doing just enough once hitting the front to keep the lead and would have found more had he been seriously challenged. This race is no more difficult so a 3lb higher mark should be no barrier to him.
Wolverhampton 7.20: Commodity
Ryan Moore is far from a regular visitor to Wolverhampton so his presence at Dunstall Park this evening looks significant. His main ride is Commodity, on which he is 3-4 this season.
The 4yo’s most impressive win of those three was on the All Weather at Kempton where he made all the running to beat off a competitive field back in May. Those front-running tactics worked to good effect on fast ground turf at Yarmouth previously, but were not so successful on soft ground at Haydock last time.
Nevertheless he was a respectable fourth that day, yet I am sure this return to an artificial surface will be to his benefit and his current mark of 83 can still be improved upon.
1pt win – West Drive – 3.00 Ripon – 7/4 Bet365, BetVictor
1pt win – Commodity – 7.20 Wolverhampton – 11/4 general