If there is one horse I am looking forward to seeing this weekend it’s Laugh Aloud in the Atalanta Stakes at Sandown on Saturday.
She was sensational in two wins last season, both in very fast times. She returns after injury with three future Group one engagements on the horizon. That’s for Saturday, my job is to find winners for Thursday and as ever I have four selections for you.
At 11-4 this filly rates as a decent wager. She has shown useful form already this seaso and the prevailing soft ground at Carlisle will suit plus her trainer Michael Dods is going well.
The steady progression looks set to continue here over a stiff six furlongs, which will take some getting in the likely conditions.
She shaped well last time out at Haydock on fast ground and the slower conditions should bring about more improvement.
A return to the all-weather looks set to bring about an improved effort from this horse, who goes particularly well at this track.
Rock On Baileys has won here three times here and he should be able to put a below-par effort at Pontefract last time out behind him.
He has the right prominent racing style for this venue and the right man in Silvestre De Sousa to employ forcing tactics. He will be favourite but in a weak race even money or thereabouts is the right price.
This dual course winner shaped as though in good form last time out without troubling the judge.
On the face of it, finishing fourteenth in a Thirsk handicap is far from promising but it does not tell the whole story - Uncle Charlie travelling strongly but being denied a clear run from three furlongs out.
With better fortune he would have been much closer and not be 12-1 to win this. He is a sporting wager in a competitive handicap.
This horse, trained by Ruth Carr, won at Ayr three starts ago and should have won at Yarmouth last time out but for being continually hampered.
There is plenty of pace signed in here which will suit this strong travelling gelding and at 11-4 he makes most appeal in a race where all bar the favourite, One Boy, are out of form.
The set up for this horse looks good and he can gain compensation for that luckless run last time out.
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