It’s a busy day on the racing front with seven meetings down for decision across Britain and Ireland.
First to get going will be Bath, and they are joined on the Flat by cards from Southwell, Lingfield and Kempton on the all-weather, plus Cork and Gowran Park on turf – while Jumps fare comes from Hexham.
Harry Cobden is hoping to challenge for a first jump jockeys’ championship this season and will make a first trek north to Hexham as he continues to hunt down winners to close the gap on Sean Bowen and Brian Hughes. He partners My Gift To You, one of our fancies on today’s cards.
14:30 Lingfield – Leaves Of Grass @ 13/8
Andrew Balding will be hopeful that Leaves Of Grass can go one spot better at Lingfield following a near miss at the Surrey venue three weeks ago.
The Invincible Spirit filly was having her third start – first on the Polytrack – in that course and distance novice event and showed her best form so far.
Hot Front set the pace and Leaves Of Grass sat on her hind quarters before challenging off the home bend. She had her head in front for much of the home straight, but the winner was determined and got the better of the argument late on.
The 80-rated Princess Chizara was behind them in third and this opening mark of 72 should provide Leaves Of Grass with an ideal spot in this five-runner nursery as she looks to open her account.
She is on the Most Napped table via the Betfred Betfinder for Wednesday’s racing and looks a reliable proposition to justify that berth.
17:14 Hexham – My Gift To You @ 11/8
Harry Cobden has ridden 38 winners so far this season – half the total set by championship leader Bowen who is odds-on to clinch a first title – and makes the long journey to Northumberland for his first ever rides at Hexham.
Cobden teams up with Newmarket trainer James Owen aboard My Gift To You, a horse with which Cobden has formed a good alliance lately.
The five-year-old had shown little for his previous yard but justified favouritism to score at Southwell (2m4½f, good) over hurdles on stable now in July, doing it quite readily, before they made a successful transition to chasing next time, winning a novices’ handicap at Worcester on the first day of August.
Since that, they’ve finished second back over hurdles at Cartmel, beaten only by a rival getting a chunk of weight and showing improved form.
This son of the 2014 St Leger winner Kingston Hill is rated 5lb higher now but has scope for further improvement upped in trip and can help ensure Cobden doesn’t leave Hexham empty-handed.
19:30 Kempton – Lady Wormsley @ 7/1
Recent Wolverhampton second Sail On Silverbird has assumed favouritism for Michael Bell here after looking a shade unlucky at Dunstall Park, but the form of that race has taken some knocks and she may be vulnerable.
On peak form Lady Wormsley could be the way to go. The daughter of Twilight Son was consistent on the all-weather – including two placed efforts here over 7f/1m – prior to returning from a short break with a gutsy success at Doncaster (1m, good) in late June.
She was below-par at Newmarket 18 days ago on her only start since, though perhaps didn’t quite handle the track as she did her best work when it was all too late.
There could be a rebound in her now with first-time cheekpieces applied and Oisin Murphy is back on board looking to make it 2-2 on James Fanshawe’s three-year-old.