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Lady M set for stardom on Monday?

Back Star Of Lady M @ 17/2 in the 13:00 at Redcar

Drombeg Banner was a 6/1 winner for the column yesterday, but the 38/1 double bid was foiled by the smallest of margins as Mooneista was denied in the feature Listed Cork Stakes. She turned out to be on the wrong side of the track bias unfortunately, but in the last couple of weeks we’ve had enough single winners go in at decent prices without the second one.

She was another drifter too from 9/2 out to a BSP of 14.17. The drifters have been running very well.

On to Monday’s action, and I am hoping Paul Chuckle will start the first meeting at Redcar for the season arriving on a Papa Johns moped – driving the flag to the starter preferably.

I don’t mind backing 2yo races and we can scrutinise the Brocklesby form again, which has worked out well from Leicester on Friday albeit behind a very impressive winner at Doncaster last week. The second from Town Moor is out again quickly in Primrose Ridge, but at 4/7, no thank you.

With eight runners we can use an each-way double today with David O’Meara’s Star Of Lady M at a 17/2 price.

She’s out of Havana Grey, who was a precocious speedster from a fast family, who also won the Molecomb in soft conditions and the Flying Five in Ireland at the top level on yielding ground. Therefore the forecast going doesn’t worry me too much.

Her dam Abraj Dubai hails from a top family and won a race on debut for O’Meara on the old Fibresand by 8L. I don’t buy into the theory of that surface translating to soft ground, but she was a winner over 7f which puts a nice spin on the pace from the sire – who was tough and durable as a youngster. I am hoping this filly is an early type.

Boardman’s price no laughing matter

Back Boardman @ 16/1 in the 15:15 at Redcar

As I have been grumbling recently about the size of the jumps’ fields, I cannot complain with 17 runners for the 15:15 1m Handicap, thus the Extra Place Special comes into play.

Tim Easterby has the likeable CD winner Delgrey Boy, but his bigger priced Boardman looks more interesting given the soft conditions.

He took advantage of a lenient mark to bolt up over 7f in the heavy going at Haydock last term in a 0-80, and he acquitted himself well afterwards with wins at York and Chester.

His mark suffered a bit as he was nudging towards 100, and wasn’t beaten far in an ultra competitive sprint at York last term – a race in which my old friend Laugh A Minute should have won. Boardman was a bit unlucky as he was away from the main action placed down the centre of the track, but that form makes him shorter than a 16/1 chance.

Rated back at 90 and a drop in grade, he’ll be at home if it stays on the wet side.

April single bet winners

Drombeg Banner 6/1 Won
Magic Haze placed 9/2

March single bet winners:

Merry Mistress 13/8 Won
Ruby Island 5/2 Won
Bandinelli 11/8 Won
Skontonovski 10/1 Won
Very Excellent 9/1 Won
Banbridge 12/1 Won
Love Envoi 10/1 Won
Lady Alavesa placed 16/1
Merry Secret placed 5/1
Tyche placed 8/1
Gin Coco 9/4 Won
Epsom Faithfull 10/3 Won
Weveallbeencaught 7/2 Won
Red Showgirl placed 9/1



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