Neil provides us with his best bets and tips for Thursday’s race meetings at Redcar, Leicester, Hamilton, Uttoxeter, Ffos Las and Chelmsford on 02/06/2022.
REDCAR – 02/06/2022
Race 2: MATTICE (Each Way)
Trainer: Tim Easterby – Jockey: Duran Fentiman
Although underwhelming in two handicap starts and latterly with cheek pieces, MATTICE remains of interest now back in maiden company. It represents a class drop, and on the strength of his earlier runs in novice races he holds a definite winning chance.
Race 6: FOREST FALCON (Each Way)
Trainer: Mark Johnston – Jockey: Joe Fanning
The featured Zetland Gold Cup should see FOREST FALCON in the money for a stable that traditionally starts firing in more winners in the summer months. At four one of the younger contenders for this historic race, he put in a seasonal best when narrowly denied by Bollin Joan at Ripon, progression from which would see him close to winning.
LEICESTER – 02/06/2022
Race 2: NUSA DUA
Trainer: Hughie Morrison – Jockey: William Buick
Australia filly NUSA DUA has a pedigree that lends itself to sand, but her best effort came when she finished second on handicap debut at Bath last time. She’s out quickly and can get the better of a similarly-bred foe in Australian Angel.
Race 5: WONDERFUL WORLD (Nap)
Trainer: Mick Channon – Jockey: George Bass
WONDERFUL WORLD travelled kindly before blowing up on his first run for almost seven months at Goodwood. That badly needed outing is thought to have blown away the cobwebs and brought him to concert pitch for this clash with in form rivals such as Roach Power and Devaste.
Race 7: UNDER FOX (Each Way)
Trainer: Tim Easterby – Jockey: Rob Hornby
Getting weight from his foes, UNDER FOX is poised for a big earning run in this all-aged handicap and should prove a bet worth waiting for. He is a model of consistency, and showed when going close on a needed first run of the campaign that he is set for another bo7ntiful campaign.
HAMILTON – 02/06/2022
Race 4: POET’S DAWN (Each Way)
Trainer: Tim Easterby – Jockey: David Allan
POET’S DAWN has been in the wilderness for a long time, but it was at this time in 2021 that we saw him in winning form, notching back-to-back successes at Beverley. He wasn’t beaten all that far on his third run back at the same course, and could now be primed to score.
Race 7: SAVVY KNIGHT (Nap)
Trainer: Sean Woods – Jockey: Ben Curtis
In beating Our Jester in a desperate finish at Bath, SAVVY KNIGHT demonstrated that he’s a useful operator that can go on to better things. In spite of his penalty it will take something to raise its game to prevent him completing a hat-trick.
UTTOXETER – 02/06/2022
Race 2: CLEAR ON TOP (Nap)
Trainer: Tom George – Jockey: Jonathan Burke
CLEAR ON TOP has improved with each run over fences and this seems a good opportunity for him to notch a first success under Rules. If repeating his run behind Tea For Three at Huntingdon he will be firmly in the shake-up.
Race 6: RELEASE THE KRAKEN
Trainer: Nicky Richards – Jockey: Brian Hughes
RELEASE THE KRAKEN could be the answer to this in spite of a somewhat underwhelming run when favourite at Perth last time. If bouncing back to the winning form he showed on seasonal comeback at Ayr he will take home a cheque.
FFOS LAS – 02/06/2022
Race 4: GIVE US A SWIG (EachWay)
Trainer: Sean Curran – Jockey: Jack Tudor
Several in this three mile handicap chase are out of form, and although that comment applies to GIVE US A SWIG there are grounds for thinking the seven-year-old can raise his game. The cash that came for him at Worcester last time went west, but don’t be surprised if he bounces back.
Race 6: PILGRIMS KING (Nap)
Trainer: Peter Bowen – Jockey: James Bowen
Another that attracts market support is PILGRIMS KING. He failed to menace as favourite at Market Rasen, but then showed gritty determination to score at this course. There should be more to come from him.
CHELMSFORD CITY – 02/06/2022
Race 1: MASCAPONE (Nap)
Trainer: David Simcock – Jockey: Jamie Spencer
MASCAPONE ran a cracker when chasing home the ultra smart Persian Force in the Brocklesby. Having missed the break he came from plum last to flash home for a minor cheque, and has subsequently changes stables. If progressing from that effort he will be in the shake up.
Race 3: CRIMSON SAND
Trainer: Richard Hughes – Jockey: George Rooke
If reward for consistency means anything, CRIMSON SAND can take out this cracking sprint handicap. He’s taken home a cheque on each of his last eight outings, including when scoring over course and distance last summer. He’s continued to run well in the cheekpieces that are in evidence this evening, and will be hard to beat.
Race 4: BAYSTON HILL (Each Way)
Trainer: Mark Usher – Jockey: Daniel Muscutt
The battle-hardened BAYSTON HILL hasn’t won since early last year but after a couple of solid runs at this track can finally convert. It looks an open affair, and he’s a value option at what could prove an inflated price.
Race 5: NEW DIMENSION
Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute – Jockey: Richard Kingscote
Ulysses colt NEW DIMENSION didn’t do much wrong when beaten in a photo by Marsoul at Nottingham even though the betting suggested he was a moral certainty. He has worked encouragingly since that escapade, and can show by going one better that he’s a horse to have on the right side this summer.
Race 7: QUEEN OF THE SKIES
Trainer: John Gosden – Jockey: Frankie Dettori
Dettori is going to be a crown puller on this interesting card on Oaks eve, and QUEEN OF THE SKIES can prove his trump card. The daughter of Lope De Vega was easy to back but shaped with real promise when second to Sea Silk Road at Nottingham and will be more knowing for this clash with Holocene.