Our man Harry Allwood named two winners from three picks in his column on Monday last week and placed three more bets as he bets to start the week with a profit.
3.08 Ripon: Garden oasis in general 11-2
The four-time Garden Oasis course and distance winner has been successful in the same event he won last year before succeeding in this 0-100 handicap in his last outing and is expected to get close again as he claims to retain his crown .
Tim Easterby started this season with a 90 rating, but a series of under par efforts have seen his rating drop to 77, so despite moving up 2 pounds for his latest win, he remains 6 pounds under the mark. which he won in this race with 12. a few months ago.
He did everything when he was last seen, but the fifth post will probably make this task more difficult on Monday, especially with Azano’s leader (who is drawn in the fourth stall) in opposition, so I expect Garden Oasis to tuck in and get some – a cover. and not fight for leadership, as it was last year.
It can be difficult for a seven year old boy to get past once he gets ahead and this competition will no doubt be the plan for some time.
On Monday, the rubbers will replace the turn signals, which is not a negative, and the ground conditions will be ideal for him, plus it is interesting that David Allan preferred the Garden Oasis to his stablemate Boardman.
3.15 Epsom: Woodton at 7-2 Aggregate
It is best to forgive Woodton for his underwhelming effort at Goodwood last time, when he failed to take cover and raced dashingly before dutifully disappearing into the straight.
Prior to this, the three-year-old had proven to be a consistent player and attracted attention when he never got close to fifth in a valuable handicap (which worked out well) at Chester before running that track and distance on his next start.
Even though his rating is 9lbs higher than that win, he won there with a load in his hands and handled the course well, plus there is undoubtedly a lot more to be done from this lightweight rider.
He tends to be heavily involved in racing, but Bowman and Larado love to get along with everything and they will hopefully set a good pace for a selection that will certainly be delayed in an attempt to get some cover from fourth place.
The deed could be done for most of his opponents, but a return to form should see Wadton get close to it.
4.41 Chepstow: Biggles 7-2 w William Hill
The five-year-old wasted no time resuming his progress, recording back-to-back victories after a long absence earlier this season, and had another career-best finish by finishing third with a 0-105 handicap when he was last seen. of which were franked.
Runner-up, The Attorney, has since finished fifth in the Banbury Cup, while sixth, Aleezdancer won a similar handicap in his next outing.
It’s little surprise that Biggles hasn’t moved up another pound or two for his efforts at Newcastle, and repeating that same-ranked performance here would likely make him hard to beat.
Of little concern is that all three of his runs this year have been all-weather, and this will be his first turf race in over 12 months. However, he has won on this surface before and his coach, Ralph Beckett, has been running a strike rate of 24% over the past two weeks, which is another positive.
Current favourite, Max Dilema, has an obvious claim after his easy course and distance win a week ago, and he is technically racing 2lbs down and Gina Mangan could claim 5lbs this time around. However, some of his opponents in that race looked unsuitable due to the rain-softened ground and I hope he will help set a decent tackling pace to aim for.