It’s been left to all-weather racing to carry the torch in the UK today after Leicester’s jumps meeting fell to a waterlogged track – leaving Lingfield in the afternoon and Kempton in the evening as the only cards.
Wednesday’s fancies include a Simon & Ed Crisford contender seeking to back up what amounted to a career-best in defeat last time he was on the track.
- Lingfield 2.15 – Base Note @ 11/4
- Kempton 6.30 – Profitable Dawn @ 7/2
- Kempton 8.00 – Blazeon Five @ 5/4
Simon & Ed Crisford’s BASE NOTE (11/4) has notched four wins and three placed efforts from seven starts on the all-weather and was perhaps unfortunate not to add to that tally last time at Wolverhampton in December.
The Shamardal gelding came into that contest off the back of a smooth 4½-length win over 1m4f at the Black Country venue early in the same month and, despite adopting a more patient approach than normal when racing around in rear, he looked to be coming with a winning run having crested the final bend widest of all.
A quartet of runners were in the firing line in the home straight and while Base Note was strong to the line, he was pipped on the inside rail by smart hurdler/useful Flat performer Scriptwriter from the Milton Harris team in a head-bobber.
That amounted to career-best in defeat from Base Note and, raised just 1lb, he has perhaps found a good opportunity back at a track where he was a convincing winner on his sole previous visit. He can justify his spot on the today’s Most Napped table via the Betfred Betfinder.
Another from the Most Napped table comes along on the evening card at Kempton where Henry Spiller’s PROFITABLE DAWN (7/2) has decent claims in the 6f handicap at the Sunbury track.
She was unplaced in three starts in maiden/novice company but has made good strides forward since turning her attention to handicaps.
She was a solid third at Yarmouth (6f, good to soft) in October and went a spot better in December at Lingfield over the same trip. That effort came behind George Boughey’s Pocket The Packet, the progressive gelding at that point making it four wins in five starts.
On the strength of that silver medal, it shouldn’t be too long before Profitable Dawn is on the scoresheet and her hold up tactics should be well served with Jamie Spencer taking over in the irons now.
Roger Teal’s mare BLAZEON FIVE (5/4) didn’t achieve a lot in her first seven career starts but she hasn’t looked back since tackling staying trips.
She won twice over this C&D in the autumn and returned from a short break to score with lots in hand over 2m2½f at Southwell in mid-December.
The assessor has taken another swipe at the 5YO now, raising her 7lb for that latest success, but she was in total command that day and returning to the scene of those two previous wins, she may still be ahead of her mark.