James Stevens gives us his selections across the British and Irish card for Sunday’s racing.
3:15 Sailsbury – Extra Mile NAP
A beautifully bred filly for Godolphin who deserves to win after going very close last time out. She’s a daughter of listed winner Marie De Medici, and a half-sister to the very good Local Time who won the Group Three Oh So Sharp stakes and enjoyed plenty of success as a three-year-old. Extra Mile’s Chelmsford debut was promising, before running a very good race to finish a runner-up at Beverley last time out. The horse that beat her by half-a-length, Coconut Crème, has since go on to finish second in a strongly run listed contest. That leaves the daughter of Frankel in a very good position, as she targets a maiden victory on her third start.
3:50 Cork – Sikandarabad
Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen are a very strong combination in Ireland and they team up with Sikandarabad at Cork. He’s a progressive handicapper who hasn’t shown his full potential quite yet, and today could be the day he does. He finished ninth in the Irish Lincolnshire, before an improved effort when narrowly beaten at this track in April. He has been raised 2lb for that effort, but over a longer trip should continue to progress. He’ll carry a lot of weight which is a worry but he deserves the verdict.
4:15 Sailsbury – Billesdon Brook
Richard Hannon’s two-year-old went very close to breaking her maiden last time out, and bids to finally do so on the third time of asking. She finished a respectable third at this track on debut, losing out to more experienced horses; before going down to Royal Ascot-bound Madeline by a length at Goodwood last time out. She should improve once again for that effort, and she is well bred too.That form stacks up pretty strong, and she deserves plenty of respect back in maiden company. There is strong competition with the newcomers, and Andrew Balding’s Luna Eclipse.
4:30 Doncaster -Weloof, The Eagles Nest ew
Ed Dunlop’s Weloof hopes to bounce back after a desperately disappointing effort on his handicap debut last time out. The well-bred colt cost owners a big price, and he failed to deliver on debut when failing to beat a rival at Newbury. He learnt from that experience on his next start at Wolverhampton, where his class showed winning by a good margin. Everything For You, who was second behind him, has since gone on to record maiden success at Redcar to raise his profile even more. On his handicap debut he only defeated one rival, but something can’t have been 100%. He should give a much better account of himself in what doesn’t look the strongest handicap. Meanwhile The Eagle’s Nest has been running well all season and could continue to earn some place money.
5:15 Sailsbury – Halinka
A nicely bred Roger Varian filly who has all the makings to be better than a mark of 64. She is still a maiden but has gone close in efforts as a two-year-old. She finished off the season finishing second at Wolverhampton, where she was denied a clear run and probably would’ve won the race in a convincing manner. Last time out she didn’t perform at Catterick, and can finally gain a first success at Sailsbury this afternoon.
Tip 1 – Extra Mile to win 3:15 Sailsbury @ 9/4 – click here for best odds
Tip 2 – Sikandarabad to win 3:50 Cork @ 8/1 – click here for best odds
Tip 3 – Billesdon Brook to win 4:15 Sailsbury @ 13/8 – click here for best odds
Tip 4 – Weloof to win 4:30 Doncaster @ 11/1 – click here for best odds
Tip 5 – The Eagle’s Nest each way in 4:30 Doncaster @ 8/1 – click here for best odds
Tip 6 – Halinka to win 5:15 Sailsbury @ 9/2 – click here for best odds