2.00pm Exeter – Applesolutely 2pts Win (3/1)
Master Tommytucker went about his business very well on debut at this venue a couple of months ago, but he’s a very short price today and in contrast, Applesolutely just looks way too big. Richard Mitford-Slade’s mare won her debut over hurdles at a huge 20/1, getting the better of some decent horses in the shape of the second, third, fourth and fifth who have all come out and won. She followed that up with good efforts in defeat at Bangor and Hereford, now rated 132 she receives weight from her two key market rivals and simply looks overpriced for a race which she can most definitely win.
2.25pm Newmarket – Jawwaal 2pts Win (10/3)
A race mixed with experienced three year olds and those that have never seen a racetrack before, the twice-raced Jawwaal looks the one to be on for John Gosden, who has started the season strongly and has had five winners from his last eleven runners. Jawwaal was third at both Newmarket and Newbury in strong races that are working out well, I believe he’s the best of these that have experience and the betting isn’t suggesting at present that any of the newcomers are up to anything better than that as of yet.
4.45pm Newmarket – Mildenberger 2pts Win (2/1)
A competitive renewal of this seasons Feilden Stakes where the majority are making their reappearances, but I generally don’t have any concerns regarding the fitness of Mark Johnston’s horses and his Mildenberger looks the one to beat. He’s yet to run a bad race and his consistency can be rewarded here, with three wins to his name the only time he hasn’t got his head in front were in a pair of Group 2’s. The form of both those performances is strong with the first occasion being behind Expert Eye and Zaman, the second race in particular when behind Roaring Lion and Nelson is high class form and a repeat of that effort should be enough to take today’s contest. On breeding this step up in trip looks needed and then some, it should bring out more improvement in the son of Teofilo.
5.15pm Fairyhouse – Speak Easy 2pts Win (9/2)
A number in here making their handicap debuts and I think Speak Easy looks the best of them with his opening mark of 134. His win at Navan back in December has worked out extremely well with the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth all winning and that includes Scarpetta who was fourth in the Ballymore. Speak Easy then found Grade 1 company too hot before running respectively behind Hardline in a Grade 2, he steps up to 3 miles for the first time which looks ideal for him the way he was running on last time. His pedigree suggests this increased stamina test will play to his strengths and that’s backed up by his easy point to point win, he’s on a fair mark and should improve for this distance.
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