No to Darling as Quick Draw gets the vote

Leg 1: Back Quick Draw @ 10/3 in the 15:05 at Huntingdon

A rare Brian Meehan winner for us in yesterday’s column, but we missed out on the double again on both counts despite Germany winning to nil.

On with Tuesday and trainer Ben Pauling sends out Your Darling to make his chase debut today, who at one time looked a world-beater when beat Finteur Sacre in a bumper. He didn’t really kick on from that, and while he is built to be a chaser, I am looking to take the favourite on with Quick Draw.

A good pace will be set in this despite the small field and they tend not to dawdle anyway around Huntingdon, and Quick Draw makes more appeal at a bigger price due to the fact he’s a fairly strong stayer over 2m4f.

He dabbled with 3m too but hasn’t seen out that distance, and when he reverted back to 2m4f he scored last April at Chepstow on good ground in the first-time headgear.

Tom Lacey sends him over fences today and his profile isn’t too dissimilar to that of the favourite and he represents a bit more value, especially with the ground in his favour.

Dine at the top table with Gosden

Back Top Table @ 2/1 in the 20:00 at Newcastle

John Gosden’s Top Table was involved in a very messy affair last time out at Wolverhampton and I give her another chance at a much stiff venue this evening.

She was sent off favourite for that race but the honours went to an experienced Godolphin horse who received a peach of a ride from Stefano Cherchi, unfortunately Top Table got caught out behind as Cherchi kicked early, and while she ran on, it was impossible to make up ground from such a poor position.

Her debut at Chelmsford didn’t look a bad race although she was taken on for the lead in that which didn’t help, but she’s drawn near the rail this evening and she has shown enough ability to get off the mark.

Her sire War Front has an 18% strike-rate at Newcastle.

Cross Sport Double

Leg 1: Back Harry Kane to score 2+ goals and England to beat Hungary with Bet Builder at around 3.259/4

Paul Higham says: “That strength in depth we talked about could not only see a few late goals but make sure we see a few goals – England to score three goals or more is another 2.01/1 shot on the exchange and can be backed with confidence.”

“One main reason for this confidence is Harry Kane and his incredible scoring run which has seen him score nine goals in 13 games for England in 2021 and on the verge of scoring 10 in a year for the second time.”

“Kane scores a goal every 118 minutes on average in competitive games, not including friendlies, so he’s doing it when it matters and after sitting it out in Andorra he’ll be raring to get back on the scoring train at Wembley.”

Leg 2: Tomfre – 15:50 Leicester

Andrew Asquith says: “This looks an open handicap but Tomfre should have his optimum conditions here and he can open his account for the season from what is a fair mark. He had a mid-season break and is probably in better heart than his recent form figures suggest, seemingly ridden too aggressively in a very competitive handicap at Ascot earlier this month.”

“It isn’t an easy task attempting to make all in a big field on the straight course at Ascot, so he is best not judged too harshly on that performance, and he bolted up in this race 12 months ago. The ground may not be quite as testing this time around, but he is a notch above these rivals at his best, and is only 1lb higher than his last winning mark.”

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