Horse Racing Tips: Wednesday 25th January 2017
14:05 Lingfield – Arize @ 4/1
Wednesday’s 14:05 at Lingfield might only contain six runners, but it looks an interesting contest nonetheless. Garter is the one who’s fancied strongly in the early market, but she hardly set the world alight when winning a Class 6 race recently so certainly wouldn’t be one to get excited about in this Class 5 event, at least not in my mind.
The one to be with is David Brown’s front-running Arize. Not only is the four-year-old the best rated horse out of this bunch, but she’s the only previous Class 5 winner, not to mention the only proven competitor at this level.
Having won twice over this trip at Wolverhampton already this season, Arize has been running with plenty of credit and looks a hardy sort who likes to dig deep from the front end. Given what is likely to be a lack of competition for the lead in this contest, such tactics bode well.
The booking of Adam Kirby catches the eye and if the astute all-weather pilot can get a soft early lead, which doesn’t appear all that unlikely in this field, then she should have every chance of fending off her five rivals – rivals who don’t exactly stand out as anything special at this level.
17:15 Newcastle – Spinwheel @ 4/1 (9/1 SP)
Mark Johnston hasn’t wasted much time in sending Spinwheel handicapping after three decent efforts in maiden company and it would appear that he’s found a decent opening for his filly here.
The three-year-old only made her racecourse debut a month ago, but has run with plenty of credit on three occasions in maiden races, getting close to a couple of types who would be right at the top of the weights in an event of this nature.
The filly certainly looks as though she’s quickly getting the hang of racing, shaping with more promise every time she takes to the track. The manner in which she both stayed on strongly over 6f on her penultimate start and failed to quite see things out having struck the front end over a mile last time out suggests that today’s trip of 7f is probably ideal.
She was able to keep pace with what looked like three fairly decent sorts last time out (one of which rated 76) until the distance just stretched her a tad. With this in mind, the drop back to 7f, in a weak-looking handicap, looks a real positive.
For a trainer and jockey who have a more than respectable strike rate at this venue, Spinwheel might just have been found the perfect opportunity to make her handicap debut a winning one. At odds of 4/1, she’s worth siding with.
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