Gifted Dreamer, Bayston Hill and Bird to Love go to Lingfield this evening; and we take Arlecchino's Shade, who will be making his racecourse debut, and Waqaas, who is now well handicapped, to Wolverhampton for their evening Twilight Card.
Gifted Dreamer is the first of our runners in the Lingfield six furlong Handicap, the first race on their card. We hope to draw a line under his modest performance on testing ground and the Chepstow undulations but the truth is that he has not shown all that much form in seven runs; we go back to the polytrack in search of some improvement.
Bayston Hill is another guy who is looking to put a fairly modest last run at Chepstow behind him; we rather think that, as he got older, he struggled with the undulations in South Wales; but there is no doubt that he is now on a favourable mark although the Richard Hannon/Michael Pescod horse (that is the one that won a Pontefract Maiden by 20 lengths) seems sure to be a substantially improving horse and looks a real tough nut; but Bayston Hill goes well on the polytrack and for Nicola and we go to Lingfield to seriously outrun the double figure prices.
Bird to Love runs in the last under Ryan Tate, the twelve furlong Handicap; she is on a competitive mark and we are looking to her to show some improvement from what she achieved on her first run back, at Thirsk at the end of June.
At Wolverhampton we might be able to recommend having an ew dabble on Waqaas in the seven furlong handicap; bought back by his kind breeders he is a horse for whom things have not got too smoothly over the last 18 months; but he is now, in the opinion of some, the best handicapped horse in the Yard and he has the real assistance of Stevie Donohoe in the saddle who has an excellent track record with rejuvenating horses who have been round the block; his work over the last fortnight has been improving and he goes to Wolverhampton with something of a chance this evening.
Arlecchino's Shade makes her debut this evening for her equally kind Owners; she has an excellent eight and ten furlong pedigree (particularly in relation to her cost!!); like most of our two year olds she is likely to come on for what she achieves this evening, particularly as she beings to go up in trip.
Without being over confident three modest each way singles and doubles and an ew treble on Bayston Hill, Waqaas and Bird to Love would not be the most silly wager ever made; the treble might pay 12180/1 and the place element and 180/1 to a place.
Bird for Life goes back to Chepstow on Saturday under her best friend Ryan Tate; with the clear aim of replicating what she achieved there ten days ago.