Wednesday 10th April 2019
There’s a cracking card at Nottingham this afternoon for flat fans of which I was meant to be attending however it turns out I’m not able too. Which I’m quite upset about really as this really is a top class midweek flat card. I’ve picked out four punts of whom I think can go well..
1.30 (1m 75y) (Novice)
The 1.30 is a an event for novices and contested over a distance of just over a mile. The one I like here comes in the form of Martyn Meade’s KING ADEMAR. He was well fancied on debut when finishing a slightly disappointing fourth but then went onto build on that with a fine second at Newmarket. It’s likely he’ll go onto contest some decent races this term. Clive Cox’s Vasilev looks the chief threat as he looks sure to build on that debut second. Mokammal and C&D winner King Of Change also come here with big chances.
WIN: KING ADEMAR (5/2)
2.30 (5f 8y) (Conditions)
Onto the 2.30 which is a conditions event that’s ridden over five furlongs and eight yards and I like the look of the Robert Cowell trained POCKET DYNAMO here. Also sporting the colours of Phoenix Thoroughbreds he proved himself as a useful performer last term with the highlight coming when finishing a close up second in the Norfolk at Royal Ascot. He was last seen when finishing down the field at the Breeders Cup but comes here with the stand out form in the field. The main rival looks to come in the form of Jeremy Noseda’s Garrus. He’s a strong traveller that will be a popular selection here with Ryan Moore in the saddle, he was last seen when finishing fourth in a Listed event at Doncaster behind San Donato and whilst having a bit to find with the market leader he should be bang there. Tony Coyle’s Broken Spear is also a useful performer who comes here as a key player, he usually leads so they wouldn’t want to be giving him an easy time of it in front as he could prove tough to peg back.
WIN: POCKET DYNAMO (11/8)
3.35 (1m 75y) (Handicap)
The 3.35 is a competitive looking handicap over a mile and 75 yards and a race of whom you could make a case for the majority of the line up. I’ve actually sided with an old favourite of mine from the early parts of last season and that’s Richard Hannon’s QAYSAR. The Al Shaqab runner won his first two starts last term and looked a useful prospect before two below par runs in sizeable fields at both Haydock and Ascot. He’s since been gelded however and could well bounce back to the form we saw him in at the beginning of last season in what is an ease in grade here. Bowerman will be a tough nut to crack if returning to the form we last saw him in and if he is he rightly sits at the top of the market here. He has a lengthy absence to contend with though but it certainly speaks volumes that his top connections have kept patience with him. There’s a whole host of them that come into this with chances , Frankel gelding Rise Hall comes here with a viable looking chance alongside Nigel Tinkler’s Excelebration gelding Kaeso.
EACH WAY: QAYSAR (6/1)
4.40 (1m 2f 50y) (Handicap)
Another competitive looking handicap comes in the form of the 4.40 which is middle distance territory of just over a mile and two furlongs. The market will likely speak volumes here however the one I’ve taken a chance on is Ralph Beckett’s BURIRAM who’s the mount of Silvestre De Sousa. He ran three moderate races in defeat last term however the form of some of those contests has worked out very well. SDS has been in solid form this seasons since teaming up with King Power Racing and there’s every chance of a big effort here on handicap debut from this particular runner. Bo Samraan and She’s Apples look to be the chief dangers to the Beckett charge. The former comes here with solid form from Newmarket with the latter finishing a decent third when not getting much luck in running at Kempton.
WIN: BURIRAM (4/1)