All of our selections ran well yesterday. Silent Echo and Swift Approval were fifth and sixth of thirteen at Lingfield. Oriental Lily was sixth, beaten just over two lengths, at Newcastle but our other selection in the race, Dynamo Walt, was successful. Euro Nightmare eventually finished tenth at the same track, but went well for a long way, and our other selection in the race,Stargazer, was the first past the post (later demoted to second). Berkshire Boy was a non runner at Bath and our day ended with The Daley Express winning at the same track.
1.50 – Musselburgh – Luis Vaz De Torres. 1.5 pts win. Available at 8/1. (Sunbets)
We supported Luis Vaz De Torres on his return from a four month break at Newcastle last time out and he ran well enough, beaten two and half lengths, over six furlongs to warrant a repeat. That race was over six furlongs and the way he finished suggests he will be favoured by the step back up to seven, a distance over which he spent most of last season. He returns to the turf from a one pound lower mark than when winning over C/D last May under today’s jockey. All four of his victories on turf have come on good ground or faster but he ran right up to his best when going close in heavy ground at Chester last September. He has a wide draw, which is not ideal, but the yard are in form and they have a very profitable 18% strike rate at this track.
3.35 – Musselburgh – Euchen Glen. 0.75 pts e/w. Available at 18/1. (Betfair, Paddy Power, Betfred – 1/5 odds first 4)
A 14 furlong handicap in soft ground and it will be a test of stamina, even on this tight flat track. There looks likely to be enough pace in the race for it to be suited by anything held up and one of those may be Euchen Glen. He gets in here off bottom weight and enjoyed a good season last year, winning three times. He rounded off the campaign with two lesser efforts but they came in very big field, very competitive handicaps at the end of a long season and he can forgiven them. He reappears here after nearly five months off, so his fitness will have to be taken on trust. He won from 10-16 furlongs last season so he has his fair share of both pace and stamina, assets that will hold him in good stead on this course. It’s unlikely he will be seen until late in the day so he will need luck in running and he has to prove conclusively that he handles ground this testing but, if he answers the questions in the positive, there could be more to come from him as a stayer.
3.50 – Haydock – Baby Ticker. 1 pt e/w. Available at 12/1. (Betfair, Paddy Power – 1/5 odds first 4)
A valuable prize for this Mares’ Final and slight preference is for Baby Ticker. She is now a nine year old but she has obviously had her problems because she makes just her 12th start this afternoon. Her three starts this season have seen her finish 2/13, 1/7 and 2/3, all on testing ground from 16 to an extended 19 furlongs. She was beaten by The Delray Munky last time out but she has a six pound pull for a length and half beating and a mistake at the last didn’t help her cause. She is unexposed over this sort of trip and she has been left unchanged from her last effort. She gets on well with her three pound claimer and the yard send just the one to this track from their Borders base.
4.25 – Haydock:
Fingerontheswitch. 1.25 pts e/w. Available at 10/1. (Ladbrokes, Coral)
Hatchet Jack. 1 pt e/w. Available at 12/1. (Sportingbet)
5.00 – Haydock – Song Saa. 1 pt e/w. Available at 11/1. (Betfred, totesport.com)
5.35 – Haydock – Kilcullen Flem. 2 pts win. Available at 11/2. (Betfred, Coral, totesport.net)