1.50 – El Astronaute
John Quinn’s hardy speedster has got some outstanding form around here and would be a much shorter price if he were better drawn. He is one of very few horses, however, who has the brazen early pace to clear all bar Amomentofnadness for the lead.
In addition, he ran somewhere close to a career best from an even worse draw at Pontefract last time and comes here in terrific form.
2.25 – My Lord and Master
This horse might just give William Haggas a second string to his Derby bow by winning the Dee Stakes. He ran a fine race when pushing Crossed Baton all the way to the line at Epsom, an effort made to look a little better still by Dee Ex Bee’s excellent run yesterday.
The overnight rain will be to his advantage judging by his romp in a Nottingham maiden last backend.
3.00 – Being There
Charlie Appleby has made an astonishingly good start to the season, and this lightly raced son of Dubawi can win what is a very competitive handicap. He really caught the eye in his maiden, and can readily be forgiven his next run which came on very bad ground.
The handicapper hasn’t missed him, but his pedigree and performance combined suggest he is full of potential. He is reportedly working well.
3.35 – Muntahaa
This race really revolves around whether Idaho decides to show up on his A game. That seems to be a bit of a rarity nowadays, so I’m happy enough to take him on, even in calmer waters.
Muntahaa is not the most prepossessing mover, but he’s got stacks of talent, likes a bit of dig in the ground and has run really well around Chester before. Add in to the mix that he runs well fresh and has been gelded, and he makes quite a compelling proposition.
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