Group one action returns this weekend with the Betfred Sprint Cup and it is shaping up to be an exciting contest with the hardy mare Ortensia taking on all comers once again. Before then however, whilst not quite so prestigious, we have our fix of midweek handicaps to keep us busy until the weekend and here are some of the more interesting runners from three flat meetings.
A competitive looking sprint handicap for the level and the horse that makes appeal for me to come out on top is Mount Hollow.
He bounced back to form last time out at Haydock when finally getting his ground and with the yard currently in hot form there is every chance he could build on that run taking a little drop in class here.
Last time out he just found himself with a bit too much to do from off the pace as the winner went end to end in what was not the strongest run six furlong contest.
Having been a bit keen held up in last early he travelled into the race well to two out but the winner had already kicked and stole a bit on the field, he finished his race off well and with a bit left in the tank and had there been a more contested gallop he would have gone closer.
He should get that stronger pace today and he has previously run well here also when running a blinder from an impossible draw back here in October last year.
He is at his level now and in form he is ready to strike.
This looks a very open three year old handicap and it could pay to take a chance on the Richard Hannon trained Misdemeanour.
You have to be able to forgive his last start at Ascot when running no kind of race but previous to that he had been in very good form and was improving.
Before that Ascot race he was an eye catching mover when noticeably travelling well in a strong Glorious Goodwood handicap but found himself with no where to go inside in the final two and could never land a blow finishing with plenty left to give.
Previous to that when last tackling this handicap level at Newbury he put in a strong performance pulling ten lengths clear with the winner that day and on those two performances I think he still he has more to give yet.
I’m not concerned about him coming back in trip and he has to obviously bounce back from the last run but in an open contest his best efforts look the stand out here and it is worth chancing him bouncing back from a poor run last time out.
Kiwayu looks like an all to obvious candidate for this race but it is rarely a good idea to oppose a handicap of this nature from the Luca Cumani yard, especially when he is in as good form as he is right now.
As a two year old you could have spotted him running out the back in most of his maidens but it was a familiar transformation last time out when stepped up in trip on handicap debut as he annihilated a handicap field.
Going by far the best into the final three he had only one challenger in the home straight but heading into the final furlong he drew clear to win decisively by a six lengths to the runner up and whopping sixteen lengths clear of the third placed horse.
He’s pretty much shown his hand but he has a lot in his favour and he is completely unexposed with any amount of room for further improvement racing off the bottom weight and he could take some beating.
3.20 - Mount Hollow (nb)
4.30 – Misdemeanou
8.30 – Kiwayu (nap)