HORSE RACING: Racing guru Alan Thomson takes a good look at some of Saturday’s racing and picks out some fancies at Newcastle, Newmarket, Lingfield and York.
ALL eyes will be trained on the King George at Ascot on Saturday where WORKFORCE (4.25) is a confident selection to prove his Demolition Derby was no flash in the pan. However, can I divert punters’ attention to the rather less exalted apprentices’ event at Newcastle where BED FELLOW (6.20) is recommended as the best bet of the weekend.
Trainer Peter Monteith must be tearing his hair out in frustration after the six-year-old’s latest narrow defeat at Ayr on Monday. Bed Fellow travelled all over his rivals that day and it looked a question of ‘how far’ when he hit the front at the furlong pole. In hindsight, Tony Hamilton probably committed too early because Bed Fellow idled in front and was caught on the line by Only A Splash. Young Paul Norton will be told to arrive late on the scene and the forecast soft ground is perfect for the talented but quirky Bed Fellow.
At Newmarket, RULE MAKER (2.45) is worth following. He pulled well clear of the field along with Luca Cumani’s Rock N Roll Ransom at Salisbury, losing out only narrowly after a ding-dong battle to the line. Rule Maker looked a useful sort when earlier easily winning his maiden at Windsor and can make his mark at this game.
At Lingfield, CORR POINT (6.15) is taken to supplement his recent Warwick victory in the staying handicap. Jamie Osborne’s three-year-old made heavy weather of beating the exposed Sir Sandicliffe that day and is possibly better judged on his earlier second to prolific scorer Captain John Nixon.
HAWKEYETHENOO (3.40) flopped at Hamilton eight days ago when a warm order in the betting but there were excuses for Jim Goldie’s sprinter that night. He was clearly unsettled by a horse lashing out wildly in the adjacent stall and Gary Bartley then elected to race on the slower far side. Kieren Fallon takes the reins in the Sky Bet Dash at York and a much-improved display is anticipated.