With nine races on each of the four Tuesday cards, beleaguered backers require a battle-plan of attack and I’m opting for the All-Weather, with a brace of Tote Exotic Perms at Lingfield, plus an early-evening Placepot at Wolverhampton - both live on Sky Sports Racing.
TUESDAY'S TOTE EXOTICS
I’m in Trifecta Perm mood for this 1m4f handicap, and top billing goes to Roger Charlton’s class-dropper SELECTO (1), unplaced but not disgraced behind Glenties at Windsor and Duke Of Condicote at Haydock. Gary Moore’s ISAYALITTLEPRAYER (2) had a couple of this evening’s rivals, Machios and Speech Room, in arrears when third to Tamaris at Wolverhampton, and was beaten a neck by Billhilly over course and distance in June. TAWTHEEF (3) showed definite promise at Bath when fourth to Rideson four weeks ago, while MAGNIFICAT (6) was a couple of lengths behind Tamaris when they brought up the rear in the Novice Stakes won by talented Darian at Newbury.
Tote Trifecta Perm (1-2-3-6) 24 bets
Thirteen runners are declared for the Betway Handicap over seven furlongs and the order of the day is a Tote Exacta Perm. ALNASEEM (4) makes her All-Weather debut having scored at Yarmouth in June and, more recently, finished fourth to Manaabit at Ascot. BUCKINGHAM (10) won on Lingfield’s turf track last May and ran well at Kempton in June when fourth to Mutasaamy. SIR TITAN (11) was hampered at the start, so his fifth to Whelan’s Way at Newbury can be marked up. ROYAL DYNASTY (13) is a filly in flying form, backing up her Chelmsford City success in June with a fine third to John Gosden’s Al Rufaa at Newmarket.
Tote Exacta Perm (4-10-11-13) 12 bets
TUESDAY'S TOTE PLACEPOT
LEG ONE (1.40)
AUSSIE STORMER (1) split Andrew Balding’s Mystery Smiles and the John Gosden-trained For Peat’s Sake in a Windsor maiden, and that probably sets the standard in the Visit attheraces.com Novice Stakes over the minimum trip. ELECTRIC BLUE (8) finished more than three lengths behind one of today’s rivals, Navajo Spring, in the race won by Dandella at Newcastle in early June, and has been given plenty of time off by James Tate.
LEG TWO (2.10)
BOOGIE TIME (4) made a highly satisfactory debut when third to Tinochio and Burning Cash at Hamilton, with the runner-up sauntering home by seven lengths at Chepstow next time. BLUE HERO (3) also shaped well for Michael Bell when third to Hot Scoop at Windsor and has the services of Ryan Moore.
LEG THREE (2.40)
The attheraces.com Nursery over six furlongs is a puzzler, but Tim Easterby is a dab hand at placing his juveniles to great effect in this type of race. DAY JOB (2) may reward my confidence on the back of his third to hot favourite Ready Freddie Go at Musselburgh 12 days ago. SHESAHEART (1) looked a filly with ability when hunting up Science at Catterick, and Ann Duffield saw another of her fillies, Lady Nectar, hose up by more than three lengths at Thirsk on Sunday.
LEG FOUR (3.10)
The six-furlong Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Handicap tied me in knots, but QAARAAT (2), second to Astrophysics over course and distance in June, is usually knocking at the door around here. SHARRABANG (9) showed a good attitude when going down by a head over course and distance 11 days ago. WATHEER (4) has been freshened up by Roger Fell and has a handy berth in stall two.
LEG SIX (4.10)
DAWN BREAKING (12) will take a deal of beating as he bids to rattle off a summer hat-trick for Richard Whitaker in the Follow At The Races On Twitter Handicap. MURAAHIN (6) gave Saffie Osborne a great spin at Chelmsford City when a close third to Full Intention and Blame Culture. Saffie is pretty darn effective for a rookie apprentice. STREET POET (3) is elevated slightly in class after last month’s course victory but should be involved once again.
LEG ONE: (1, 8)
LEG TWO: (3, 4)
LEG THREE: (1, 2)
LEG FOUR: (2, 4, 9)
LEG FIVE: (4, 5)
LEG SIX: (3, 6, 12)