It’s quieter than usual on Tuesday 22 August with just three meetings across Britain and Ireland in what amounts to a lull before the storm of the Ebor Festival at York gets up and running on Wednesday.
Afternoon Jumps fare comes from Newton Abbot, while later on the focus is on Roscommon for Flat racing and Worcester for more National Hunt action.
Amongst our fancies on Tuesday is a chaser in useful form for the Peter and Sean Bowen team heading to Worcester.
3.30 Newton Abbot – The Geordie Ginge @ 10/3
It’s been a quiet time of late for Nigel Twiston-Davies but his Naunton yard will soon awaken from summer slumber and he has a good chance of teaming up with son Sam for victory at Newton Abbot in the Heather And Jenny Joint Birthdays Celebration Maiden Hurdle this afternoon with The Geordie Ginge.
The five-year-old sets the standard on the back of having finished second at Stratford (2m½f, good) on his most recent start in July.
That was just his fourth hurdles start and made it a pair of runner-up finishes in his last three appearances. The front pair came clear at Stratford in that seasonal bow and the winner went in again here on his next start to give the form a solid appearance.
Newcomer Wonderful Eagle has attracted market support for Philip Hobbs and Johnson White but the ex-German Flat-racer will have to hit the ground running to thwart the Twiston-Davies’ challenger.
5.30 Worcester – Sinister Minister @ 3/1
The opening Richard Newland Racing Handicap Chase at Worcester is a Betfred Free Bet if 2nd race and it’s worth siding with Sinister Minister to possibly upset market leader Zoran.
Emma Lavelle’s charge was an easy winner over C&D three weeks ago but has an 8lb hike in the ratings to overcome now.
Sinister Minister, meanwhile, has twice been second over C&D in his four chase starts thus far. In first-time blinkers here earlier this month he found himself in front some way from home and was overpowered late on by Harry Cobden on the odds-on favourite My Gift To You – with the front pair almost ten-lengths clear.
That form has been franked since and Cobden takes over steering duties on the runner-up now for the first time. They are on the Most Napped table via the Betfred Betfinder and a breakthrough chasing success is surely looming.
6.00 Worcester – Courtland @ 7/2
The Peter Dawson Forget-Me-Not Handicap Chase at Worcester features some in-form contenders, including hat-trick seeking Brief Times for Neil Mulholland and the likes of Go On Chez and Hell Red, but preference is for Courtland for father and son Peter and Sean Bowen.
The eight-year-old now has five wins in ten attempts over fences. Three of those have come in his last four starts, including a pair of 2m4f course wins here in May and June.
He went in again at Market Rasen upped to 2m5½f in July and lost little caste in defeat when second back there soon after in the competitive Summer Plate. The front pair came a long way clear in that contest and the winner, Born Famous, obliged again at Perth on Saturday on his only run since.
In this Betfred Extra Place Race (four places) Courtland looks a very solid option given his recent run of form and the fact he could have more to offer at this new trip.