NAP of the Day: 9/4 Worrals is Wednesday’s best wager

 | Tuesday 9th July 2024, 19:05pm

Tuesday 9th July 2024, 19:05pm

Owen McMahon's NAP of the Day

Patience is needed on Wednesday, as my NAP of the Day runs in the penultimate of 38 races across six meetings. Hopefully the wait is worth it...

NAP of the Day - Wednesday, July 10

  • 19:50 Ffos Las - Worrals @ 9/4

If you're having a bet on Wednesday, I suggest it's WORRALS at Ffos Las.

Despite the burden of top weight in a five-runner handicap, Ralph Beckett's three-year-old filly is taken to record the second win of her career so far.

She was nothing more than ordinary on her first two starts earlier this year, but got off the mark at the third attempt in a relatively decent maiden at Goodwood in May.

Connections then sent her straight into handicap company, at Nottingham off an opening mark of 73, and she finished third of 10. That form is decent at face value, as the 72-rated winner has since risen to a mark of 89.

Likewise, her recent effort on the All-Weather at Lingfield - more specifically a 0-75 affair over 1m2f - has been well-advertised. There she finished runner-up to a horse called Midnight Rumble, who is now 10lbs higher thanks to the BHA handicapper.

The fact the selection is only a pound higher is, in my opinion, quite noteworthy, especially now she takes on what I believe to be a significantly easier field.

The 19:50 Ffos Las Odds, however, suggests a competitive affair. Little separates the selection's four rivals Calm Waters, Imperial Express, King's Scholar and Cogsworth.

Despite being the rank outsider at present, I fear the latter most. He's not only in form and possibly still ahead of his mark but he has the excellent Silvestre De Sousa on board too. Calm Waters is probably in the grip of the handicapper, while King's Scholar looks harshly-treated on three modest efforts to date. Meanwhile, Imperial Express has struggled in handicaps so far and hasn't been granted much relief.

Imperial Express is probably a little overpriced at present and I wouldn't be at all surprised to see her come in for a bit of support, but at the same time she's showed little in handicaps to suggest she's up to winning a race like this.

The recent rainfall only adds to my confidence in Worrals, whose sole victory came on deep ground. Under the fantastic Rossa Ryan for the first time, I think she's a cracking bet at the quoted price and I would remain interested at 15/8 or bigger.

Worrals to win the 19.50 Ffos Las at 9-4

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