The Bet Victor Racing column

The Bet Victor Racing column

The Bet Victor Racing column

First published in Sport

Monday means racing from Windsor where the Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes partnership combined to win last week’s feature with Kool Kompany earning a quote of 20/1 for the Coventry Stakes and while perhaps not of that class, Among Angels (2.30) is taken to get his head in front in the six furlongs maiden.

The son of Acclamation finished fourth in a very warm Newbury maiden and looks the ideal type to progress further. The colt holds an entry in the Weatherby’s Super Sprint at the same racecourse and is taken to put his debut run behind him.

The duo team up with After the Goldrush in the mile handicap however Zambeasy (3.00) looks potentially chucked in after his win last time out at Kempton.

George Baker got the fractions spot-on when making all and kicking-on a furlong out to win by a shade under three lengths and providing he isn’t too hampered with an 8lb rise, should have more to offer now switched back to the turf.

Luca Cumani’s Bilimbi disappointed for plenty of Scoop6 punters in the Silver Bowl at Haydock however his string remain in good nick and Saigon City (4.40) can return the master trainer to the winners enclosure in the ten furlong handicap.

He was progressive in maidens before winning a pair of handicaps last year at Yarmouth and Nottingham and has built on that further, finishing second here on his seasonal beau before a narrowly beaten favourite last time out. He looks to have more to offer and is a confident selection with Adam Kirby replacing apprentice Lemos De Sousa in the plate.

Choral Festival will be popular in the penultimate race, a gallant mare that loves it around the track however a chance is taken on Hughie Morrison’s Lyric Ballad (5.10) with the stable in excellent form.

The stable have had six winners from their last thirteen runners, the majority of which with progressive handicappers and the Byron filly should be cherry-ripe after a nice season opener last month at Pontefract.

There’s jump racing from one of the most picturesque tracks in the country at Cartmel, a place infamous for plenty of connections landing quite a touch and it would be no surprise to see Clues and Arrows (2.50) complete the hat-trick for AP McCoy and Jonjo O’Neill in the 2m 6f handicap hurdle.

He landed a punt when winning in smooth fashion at Taunton before following-up under a penalty at Bangor. The quick ground should suit and he should carry on winning ways, the handicapper yet to get to grips with him despite a 25lb rise for those wins.

McCoy has been riding plenty of winners for Donald McCain in the spring and rides Dunowen Point (3.25) in the 0-125 handicap chase. The 8-y-o is a course and distance winner, scoring in a novices’ chase on good-to-firm ground a few summers back and has subsequently struggled in following seasons with an inflated handicap mark. He has slipped 5lb below his last winning mark and boasts excellent claims now back in trip.

There’s plenty of old favourites in the veterans’ handicap chase over the marathon three and a quarter miles however Dai Burchell’s Rebecca’s Choice (4.30) arrives on the back of an excellent win last time out at Cheltenham and is given the nod to continue winning ways with Robbie Dunne good value for his 3lb claim.

For all the latest odds and more head to BetVictor.com

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