I tend to concentrate on the all-weather racing during the winter, not that there’s been much choice lately or for that matter, much all-weather racing with cards abandoned north, south, east and west!
All being well they go on the Polytrack at Lingfield Park in the afternoon and at Chelmsford City in the evening on Saturday if they are able to race as they had to abandon on Friday. They also have a Jumpers Bumpers up at Newcastle all being well.
Nick Littmoden sends Joycetick for the Betway Casino Handicap at 2.20 over 1m4f. He was pulled-up on stable debut in a Juvenile Hurdle at Fakenham in December having come across the Channel from France. It’s hard to know what the four-year-old achieved in his career in France but he was in some half decent races and did win on the Fibresand as a two-year-old at Chantilly. First run since his wind operation but with the yard in fair form and Adam Kirby booked at 12-1 with Hill on Friday afternoon I am taking a chance he is decent and can show these a clean pair of heels but it is a chancy punt.
The Listed 32Red Spring Cup at 3.30 over the seven furlongs is arguably their race of the day. Headway looks the pick on what he has achieved thus far having been in some pretty warm races as a two-year-old including when second in the G.2 Coventry Stakes at the Royal meeting. William Haggas appears to have his string in good heart as though only a few have been out they have all performed well. Albishr should lead and all being well James Doyle will e able to get his mount in the slipstream before picking him off in the latter stages. I have the 6-4 again with Hills. "He's in very good form. William is very happy with the horse," said the owners' racing manager Alex Smith. "We're delighted to get James Doyle to ride and we're hoping for a very good run."
At Chelmsford City they head off over 1m6f at 6.45 for the totequadpot Races 3 To 6 Handicap. Godolphin have Key Bid from the Appleby yard whilst Saeed bin Suroor sends Ocean Of Love. The chestnut filly won over track and trip last time and looked to love every yard of the 14 furlongs having gone in over 1m4f at Wolverhampton prior to that. Still fairly lightly raced for a 4yo she should be more than capable of carrying top weight to victory in this and the hat-trick looks a distinct possibility. I Will be grabbing the best price I can in the morning as I am sure she can defy an 8ln rise in the weights.
Stay warm and be lucky!