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The Bet Victor racing column
9:00am Monday 3rd March 2014 in Sport
Doncaster specialist Night in Milan gave the Reveley’s yet another red letter day on Town Moor, romping home to a ready success in the Grimthorpe on Saturday.
The race often throws up Grand National clues and the 8-y-o was clipped to 50/1 (from 66s) for Aintree success, with Godsmejudge and Monbeg Dude both disappointing in behind and both eased to 25/1 in the betting with BetVictor.
BetVictor are already Non Runner Free Bet on the world’s greatest steeplechase and are already paying FIVE places to each way punters, with Rebecca Curtis’ Teaforthree the current 10/1 ante-post favourite.
BetVictor sponsor a terrific card this afternoon at Kempton Park and the feature, the BetVictor Non Runner No Bet at Cheltenham 2014 handicap looks a terrific renewal, with course and distance winner Peace Seeker heading the weights for the Carson’s.
He has claims with a first time tongue-tie however it could be worth taking a chance on Jeremy Gask’s Bainne (5.15). The filly has strong form for Charlie Swann in Ireland and looked desperately in need of the run when reappearing at the track for the first time since August five weeks ago.
She has been dropped 4lb for that run and with the cobwebs blown away she can carry on the trainer’s fine record in the race, winning last year with the well punted favourite Crew Cut.
Stuart Williams’ Mill I Am (4.45) was well punted when landing her second win at the track last month and can carry on the winning habit now dropped down to six furlongs in the Back of the Net at BetVictor.com Fillies’ Handicap.
Both previous wins have come over seven but she should have enough speed to handle six and remains well handicapped despite a 5lb rise at the weights.
Tony Carroll’s recent course and distance winner Shalmabar (4.15) fits the trend of horses returning to Kempton in cracking form and he should take all the beating in the Cheltenham 2014 NRNB at BetVictor.com Handicap.
He was a game winner last time out and has Jim Crowley back in the plate however keep an eye on Mighty Mambo, an interesting runner for Lawney Hill and a surprise winner over course and distance a fortnight ago.
There’s National Hunt racing from Southwell and an exciting two and a half miles novice hurdle and four horses all with strong claims; Cloud Creeper, Benenden, Templebraden and Masquerade.
Preference is for Templebraden (3.00) for the in-form Henry Oliver stable, who beat the promising Glowinginthedark on debut over hurdles and subsequently chased home the 136 rated Fine Rightly at Wetherby.
The stable have a 42% strike-rate at Southwell this season (3/7) and had Keel Hal and Whispering Harry land a pair of gambles in the week at Wincanton and Newbury.
Cloud Creeper receives 7lb from Temblebraden and has been second on his last three starts to the smart trio of novices Key to the West, Junction Fourteen and Carole’s Destrier, the latter impressing last time out at Huntingdon.
Neil Mulholland’s mare Barton Rose (3.35) looked to thrive in the sodden conditions at Plumpton, running away a ready winner last week and should be able to go in again under a penalty.
She was well supported on handicap debut and made a mockery of her opening mark of 93. The front two pulled 20 lengths of the field and she should be able to win with plenty in hand.
Andrew Balding’s stable have had plenty of success over the winter with plenty of winners on the all-weather and that should bode well for his Roskilly (4.25) in the maiden over a mile and a quarter.
The colt improved with every run last year and ran 81 rated Marzocco of John Gosden at the track in October. Providing he’s fully tuned up he will be difficult to beat.
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