Schottische rates a mildly confident selection in division one of the Ladbrokes Handicap at Southwell.
The five-year-old mare is a bit of an up-and-down operator, but she turned in a nice enough performance at Wolverhampton last month to suggested her turn is near.
Despite having been completely dismissed in the market, Alan Bailey’s resident capably outran his 20-1 starting price to dead-heat for third in an eight-and-a-half-furlong handicap.
Robert Winston had to come wide to get a clean run that day, so the combination did particularly well to finish in the money.
The form, too, has been given a little fillip as the horse that crossed the line in unison with Schottische, Thermal Column, promptly won at Wolverhampton a week later.
Even in spite of that good, staying-on effort, the handicapper has decided to relieve her of another 1lb, which puts the daughter of Pastoral Pursuits on a 2lb lower mark than when she last won over course and distance in January.
On a difficult day for Flat fans, she probably has as good a chance as any horse running at the Nottinghamshire venue.
Foreign Diplomat perhaps holds the key to the Bet Now With The Ladbrokes App Handicap at Wolverhampton.
David O’Meara’s three-year-old has dropped in the weights since he won a good Thirsk maiden in May and looks to be coming to hand again on the evidence of a pleasing fourth at Kempton in a race that was not run to suit.
Arrowzone’s Pontefract second puts him squarely in the firing line for the Watch Racing UK With Free Trial Handicap at Redcar.
The four-year-old gelding, trained by David Barron, enjoyed the step back up in trip at the West Yorkshire circuit and is well worth following on ground that should be in his favour.
Redcar: 12.30 Eljeemi, 1.00 Je T’Aime Encore, 1.30 Sacred Bond, 2.00 Arrowzone, 2.30 Piccadilly Jim, 3.00 Crakehall Lad, 3.30 Dew Pond, 4.00 Poolstock.
Southwell: 12.40 SCHOTTISCHE (NAP), 1.10 El Duque, 1.40 New Lease Of Life, 2.10 Romancingthestone, 2.40 North Spirit, 3.10 Brassbound, 3.40 Layline, 4.10 Carrabamababe.
Exeter: 1.20 Westren Warrior, 1.50 Wishfull Dreaming, 2.20 God’s Own, 2.50 Caracci Apache, 3.20 Garrahalish, 3.50 Horsted Valley, 4.20 Duke’s Affair.
Wolverhampton: 4.40 Outback Blue, 5.10 Foreign Diplomat, 5.40 Broughtons Berry, 6.10 Jassur, 6.40 Loyalty, 7.10 Jumbo Prado, 7.40 Duke Of Dunton.
Double: Schottische and God’s Own.