Our first bet of the day comes in the opening Award-Winning Coachman Caravans Maiden Auction Stakes at 1.50. Middleham handler James Bethell appears to have his juvenile string in decent form at present. He has sent out just a pair of two year olds out in the past fortnight, but both have one. A strike rate of 16% in these races over the past five seasons compares most favourably with the opposition here. He sends his Cape Cross filly, Hazely to make her debut in this and she looks well worth a bet. Being out of a Listed winning dam, she makes just about the most appeal on pedigree. Tony Coyle’s Pickett’s Charge is not that far behind on breeding but. That one showed very little on debut though and may have handicaps in mind already. The main threat will likely come from Misty moisty morning, who is yet to finish outside of the first three in her three starts to date and may well be suited by this step up in trip. Hazely is the one for us though, at what will hopefully be a rewarding price.
The G.G.I handicap at 3.35 doesn’t look the best of races in all honesty but as such probably won’t take much winning. The one real unexposed runner in the field is Charles Hills Castle Talbot who makes his handicap debut here. Hills is not renowned for his runners suddenly improving when sent handicapping though and this one hasn’t shown quite enough for us to get involved here. The one we like is top weight Guaracha from the Clive Brittain yard. Brittain has had three winners from just the eight runners in the week leading up to the race. That bodes well for the chances of Guaracha, as does the fact that the horse is now down to a mark which is two pounds below that which he last won from. If we add in the three pound claim of Louis Steward, he starts to have the look of one who could be pretty well in. He hasn’t shown much in three starts to date this season but was marginally better over 7f last time out. If the yards current form rubs off on Guaracha looks on the right mark to take advantage.