The flat is back! And whilst I prefer NH racing, for some reason I have a better punting record on the flat so I’m glad to see it back.
2.25 – I really like Sacred Act in here at 5/1 with Ladbrokes. I’ll go EW as I think he’s an EW bet to nothing as I can’t see him being out the first 4. His run at Sandown after almost 500 days off was very impressive, as he had no room before quickening extremely well when he eventually got out. He looks a proper weapon and should take all the beating.
3.35 – The first big race of the flat season, The Lincoln. I was gutted when Chelsea Lad just missed out as he’s so much better than his mark, and it was quite difficult to have another look at this race after being so strong on Chelsea Lad. Yuften is the most likely winner, but he’s a bit short for me so I’ve settled on Oh This Is Us. He’s been running really well out in Meydan, and is a progressive 4 year old who should go well here. The pace looks to be evenly spread so being drawn 2 is fine. The worry would be the ground, but it is drying to I’m hoping we will be racing on pretty close to good ground, which is what he wants. 12/1 EW with Bet365.
5.20 – Wasatch Range wins this for me. It was a decent effort on debut when 3rd behind Big Challenge and Melodic Motion despite running very green, and it looks to be a very strong maiden at that. Big Challenge will be part of the Godolphin classic team, the 4th has since finished 2nd in another maiden, and the 5th has won. Frankie is onboard and he’ll take the world of beating. There’s plenty of 2/1 around.
2.05 – Viren’s Army wins this. He won a Meydan handicap at the end of Feb, beating a very well handicapped horse in Kidmenever, and still has plenty of improvement left. I’m shocked to see him 4/1 in places, as he should be clear fav.
3.15 – It’s Prince Of Arran for me here. He looks somewhat a Kempton specialist with form of 1114 here. That 4 was a Listed race won by Crimean Tatar (a horse I really, really like and will win an Ascot Gold Cup at some point), and whilst he’s now up to a mark of 102, I think that still potentially underestimates him based off that 4th LTO. He’s clearly still improving too. Ladbrokes and Coral both go 9/1, and I’ll be having some of that EW.