Wednesday 19 July 2017
Wednesday's Best Bets: Be a Cheeky Rascal, and have a Lucky 15
4:20 Catterick - Khitaamy (11/10) NAP
In a weak maiden contest, this Ed Dunlop juvenile should be too good. He hasn't shown his best in three starts, and I feel there may be just a bit more to come from him today. His debut was encouraging, but then he tired him when chasing a good Godolphin horse at Kempton. Last time out he was quite keen. If he can settle he should go very well.
6:35 Sandown - Cheeky Rascal (7/1)
In what doesn't look the hottest races, Richard Hannon may be able to strike with Cheeky Rascal who looks to be improving. He made a respectable debut at Leicester when finishing sixth, before improving significantly to take third spot at Epsom last time out. He didn't deal too well with the track, and was beaten by some well bred prospects when beaten half-a-length. That form is very strong, and he could be hard to beat at a big price.
6:45 Yarmouth - Brorocco (3/1)
Andrew Balding told me he thought very highly of this horse a few months back, and sadly he hasn't delivered at all. He was massively unlucky when fifth at Epsom, when short for room but underperformed when only defeating three rivals at York last time out. He's been dropped 1lb by the handicapper and should be far too good, if he shows his true colours. Another Eclipse is a big danger.
7:05 Sandown - Harba (5/4)
A daughter to the brilliant Frankel, this William Haggas filly should have no trouble winning off this mark. She finally broke her maiden at Beverley last time out, and she may improve from that outing. She has been handed a fair handicap mark, and should be up to this.
7:40 Sandown - Make Time (15/8)
This horse was last seen running in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury, and had been fancied to be good enough for the 2000 Guineas. Sadly, he only finished seventh that day and he hasn't been since that defeat. I don't know if there have been problems since, and he is coming back from an absence. But with expectations set so high, he may have too much class in this handicap contest.
£1 Lucky 15(Khitaamy/ Cheeky Rascal/ Brorocco/ Harba) returns £452.