After a winning Nap on Wednesday, Charlie McCann is back with his Nap, Next Best, and Longshot for Thursday’s racing action.
Amalfi Bay – 7.20pm Epsom (Nap)
The ground is likely to be drying out all the time at Epsom this evening where I hope to see AMALFI BAY (7.20pm) follow up last week’s fluent C&D success for Roger Charlton.
The selection must carry a 6lbs penalty for that win but has been raised 8lbs by the handicapper from the weekend – hence is 2lbs “well-in.” Note he was pulled out of a race earlier in the month when the good to firm ground was considered unsuitable – he would not want conditions to dry out too much.
The main danger looks to be another unexposed 3-y-old Our New Buddy who was backed as if defeat was out of the question when a beaten favourite – 7th of 11 – at Haydock last month. She is bred to be smart, and she steps up to 12f for the first time tonight. It will be interesting to see if her supporters try and recoup their losses.
Mahrajaan – 3.23pm Leicester (Next Best)
The second division of the 10f Novice Stakes at Leicester is a belter and Ocean Wave is likely to be a warm order to go one better than was the case at Thirsk on debut when she stayed on nicely into second over a mile. This step up in trip will suit and she is a big danger to MAHRAJAAN (3.23pm) who gets the vote for William Haggas.
The selection was gelded prior to his racecourse debut when he finished third at Newmarket to Peter The Great on ground which may have been softer than ideal. The winner ran a terrific race in a valuable handicap back on the July course last week and I would expect the selection to improve with that experience under his belt.
Your Band – 6.20pm Worcester (Longshot)
At Worcester this evening, YOUR BAND (6.20pm) lost valuable momentum when making a mistake over C&D last time when well supported, but I thought that was a decent race and he can make amends tonight with Nick Schofield taking over in the saddle from his usual conditional jockey.
The each way selection is the youngest in the race and will stay further than this 2m 4f trip, but I hope they go a good gallop which would suit Alistair Ralph’s six-year-old.
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