The Stuart Williams yard have been in fine fettle recently, and the Newmarket handler has favourite Welease Bwian for the Class 6, 6 furlong handicap at Lingfield. Clearly a runner with talent, the son of Kheleyf has been a frustrating type down the years, but he should really go very close in this company. At the odds, the 6 year old gelding makes an attractive each-way bet.
Welease Bwian has been heavily raced for a 6 year old and has amassed 6 victories from 64 starts. Perhaps more pertinently, he has finished 2nd on 13 occasions and 3rd 10 times. Most of the horses victories have come by narrow margins and tends to travel up well but doesn’t always find too much for pressure. Has been racing in Class 4 and 5 company recently however, and this contest represents a drop in grade. Returned in November from a 2 month lay-off to finish 5th of 9 over course and distance, but was beaten just 2 lengths. Looks like Stuart Williams has set his loveable rogue up for an all-weather campaign this winter, and he should be spot on.
At odds of 7/24.50+3503.503.50-0.29, Welease Bwian looks a great each-way shout, in what is a very weak race. He should be travelling well turning for home, and hopefully can find the resolution to stick his head in front again.
5.40 Kempton – Paris Magic
Paris Magic created a favourable impression on debut and with the benefit of that experienced, coupled with the drop back in trip, he should be able to justify favouritism at Kempton.
Hugo Palmer knows the time of day, and Paris Magic didn’t go totally unbacked on debut, and he showed plenty of promise over the 9.5 furlong trip at Wolverhampton. Travelled up strongly that day, showing a high cruising speed, and then was undone by his lack of racecourse experience in the latter stages of the contest. The way he raced the last day suggests the drop in trip should be no hindrance – in fact it may yield further improvement.
The race is not the strongest, and the second favourite comes in the form of the Simon Crisford trained With Pleasure. After cutting little ice on debut, he stepped forward plenty on second start at Chelmsford, and although that race wasn’t the deepest, he still needs respecting.
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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