Early Bird – 29th June

Our selection ran a good race today considering its price, finishing fifth though so not rewarding the e/w money.

2:00 Doncaster – Wind In My Sails

Been waiting a while to get a win from this horse as it is one that often catches the eye, staying on late in notable fashion. However, is on a 10 race losing streak. Once again though it stayed on to good effect to finish a close 3rd in a class 4 Newbury handicap when apprentice ridden. The drop in class and switch to Kirby on board are both positives for a horse that needs things to fall its way. Not raced in this grade for two years, the last time it did was in June 2016 when it won on fast ground at Bath. Looks to have ideal conditions here, if it gets the breaks it should take a lot of beating.

2pt win Wind In My Sails @ 7/2 bet365

6:55 Newcastle – Two For Two

One of my favourites as this old timer has a great turn of foot when given the opportunity to show it which isn’t as often as I would hope. However, this looks a good opportunity to take advantage of a 6lb lower mark on the a/w, having had two unsuccessful tries on the surface a little while back when not considered in the betting. Goes particularly well this time of year, seemingly enjoying the sun on its back! Shaped with more promise last time when narrowly beaten in a 7 runner race, I’m pleased though that Tony Hamilton returns in the saddle as he does seem to get on well with the horse. t would be disappointing if this horse didn’t go close.

1.5pt win Two For Two @ 13/2 widely available