Windforpower – 3.25 Beverley
Windforpower should take plenty of beating from a good draw in the Annie Oxtoby Memorial Handicap at 3.25 Beverley today. From a low number, he’s drawn well in stall 2 which will increase his chances of adding to his four flat career wins so far.
David Tate’s five-year-old looks certain to run his race on the good-to-soft ground and go one better than Catterick last week when unlucky to find Rusty Rocket returning to form. Jacob Butterfield had produced Windforpower to lead over 1f out but couldn’t hold off the eventual winner’s late challenge and went down by a neck at the line.
It was his third placing in his last three races under Butterfield. The pair romped to victory at Musselburgh at the beginning of last month – echoing the success Windforpower enjoyed twice on the course with Joe Fanning in September 2013 and July 2014 – before following up with a third place finish at Catterick on April 22.
His rating of 65 means he runs off at four pound bigger mark than that win at Musselburgh but the five-year-old has won off higher ratings and looks the one to be on at top price 3/1 with bonus king Betfred.
The biggest threat could come from Point North. A plum draw in stall 1 sees the John Balding-trained eight-year-old installed as second favourite. Placed in two previous outings this term, the gelding should enjoy the ground today. While most of his runs have been on the all-weather of late he has winning form on good-to-soft.
Ridden to victory at Wolverhampton by Daniel Tudhope at the end of least season, the pair returned to the same course in March finishing third and second. Point North has gone up 4lbs since his last win and it remains to be seen how he will fair with the extra weight.
Bronze Beau is also carrying a penalty but won handily enough at Hamilton to suggest he can go well again. Meanwhile, Choc´A´Moca is also capable of taking the Beverley sprint, but would surely prefer if the ground was a little less taxing.
1 Point Win WindforPower 3/1 Betfred