Duke Street was a selection here at SBO Racing last week, and failed narrowly, beaten into second place by a progressive and unexposed rival. Faces another runner from the Sir Mark Prescott stable (whose horse beat him last time out), but has a very solid chance again.
There may only be four runners in this field, but it is a competitive race. The horse didn’t seem to have the turn of foot required last time out over the sharp Ripon course, but the stiffer finish at Beverley and small field should play into his hands as he is likely to go from the front.
Mark Johnston runners always have to respected at Beverley, especially with his 3 year olds over 9 furlongs +: 54/214 (25.23%) for £83.02 LSP, giving an A/E of 1.51. The only doubt is the ground – he has yet to show that he handles fast ground conditions as well as when racing with cut underfoot.
7.45 Lingfield – Shifting Moon
Hughie Morrison is a wily trainer, and his horse Shifting Moon should appreciate the step up in trip and return to the all-weather. The 3 year old daughter of Kheleyf has just the one victory to her name and hasn’t look the most straightforward (wears blinkers), but she is racing off a low mark of 51, which is further reduced by her promising jockey’s 7lb claim.
Shifting Moon disappointed at Chepstow last time out, after being prominent in the market. The ground can be blamed that day, as she never looked happy on the surface. Her only win actually came on the all-weather over 13.5 furlongs at Chelmsford. Looked outpaced that day, but stayed on strongly and just landed the spoils close home. The way she finished that race suggests that a further step up to today’s 2 mile trip is well within her compass.
Hughie Morrison does very well when utilising the services of 7lb claimers. He really has an eye for talented young riders and when he jocks up those individuals who can relieve a horse of 7lbs, his record is great; 36/188 (19.15%) for £124 LSP, producing an A/E of 1.68.
The horse to be wary of is Stuart Williams’ Katniss – an unexposed filly who showed a hint of ability on handicap debut at Newmarket. Was returning from a year absence last time out and should have come on plenty for that run. Has a tonne of stamina in her pedigree and steps up from 10 furlongs to 2miles. Does have prove that she handles the trip though and for that reason is passed over.
Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.
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