Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 08:30 03/07/2014
To say the horseracing so far this week was on the moderate side would be an understatement but there are no complaints regarding the action due to take place on Thursday, particularly the two evening fixtures at Epsom and Newbury and it the final event at the the latter track that appeals most from a betting perspective. The 1m 4f ABN Amro Handicap features some unexposed 3-year-olds but it is top weight Second Step who is taken to build on his two runs today before going on to better things.
Luca Cumani's son of Dalakhani made a pleasing debut at Yarmouth last October when a promising second behind 9-2 favourite Mannaro and while that horse has done nothing for the form since the third home Wrangler has won both of his recents starts, earning a rating of 93, 8lb more than the handicapper has allotted the mount of Andrea Atzeni for tomorrow's Newbury contest. Sent to the Berkshire venue for his first run of 2014 Second Step justified 3-1 favouritism to come home first in a close finish in what has turned out to be a pretty hot maiden.
Second home Igider went on the win at Windsor next time, the fourth horse Kings Fete has since won a decent Sandown maiden, something also achieved by the animal back in eighth place Dursey Island who ran out an easy winner at Goodwood under Richard Hughes last month. The Godolphin runner Arabian Revolution is very much an unknown quantity and could be anything but the form of his Lingfield victory looks only fair and this other Dalakhani colt may struggle to cope with the selection, who can be backed at a guaranteed 4-1 with Bet365
, in receipt of only 1lb on this his second run for Saeed bin Suroor.