12/1 Captain Royale ready to rule
Captain Royale has been gradually working his way back to form and is too well treated to ignore at 12/1 in the 4.55 at Musselburgh today.
The gelding landed three sprint handicaps for Tracy Waggott last season, and has recently rejoined the stable have been with Colin Teague.
This is now his fourth run back with his old handler, and after showing little in his first two starts he ran with much more promise last time out suggesting that he would be back in the winners’ enclosure before long.
The son of Captain Rio showed all his old dash when finishing 7th of 14 to Flameoftheforest over 6f at Newcastle 19 days ago, leading the field a merry dance until being headed a furlong from home and being unable to find any extra.
In the end he weakened to be beaten just over five lengths, but he was not knocked about and ran far better than his finishing position suggests.
Connections have decided to drop him back down a furlong to the minimum trip today, and that looks a shrewd move given the speed he showed at Gosforth Park.
His last win came over 5f at Pontefract back in October 2010 off a mark of 72 and he runs off a 4lb lower mark this afternoon.
With Shane B Kelly also taking off a further 5lb he is undoubtedly very well treated and with conditions in his favour looks overpriced at 12s.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Captain Royale (12/1 generally available – BOG firms)
Bowdler’s looks Magic at 9/1
Bowdler’s Magic looks good value at 9/1 to take advantage of a drop in class in the 3.50 at Musselburgh.
Mark Johnston’s gelding had been running respectable all year before resuming winning ways at Yarmouth last month where he stayed on well to beat A Boy Named Suzi by 3/4 of a length off a mark of 84.
That was a good class 2 handicap and the form looks very solid in the context of today’s race.
The four-year-old than ran well for a long way in the Cesarewitch until weakening badly to finish 17th of 33 to Never Can Tell off a mark of 88 and the handicapper has been quick to drop him a pound after that effort.
He is now able to run in this off just a 3lb higher mark than when last successful, and despite having to shoulder 10st 2lb this is a class 4 contest which is far weaker than any race he has contested for a while.
Connections have also wisely put claimer Daryl Byrne up to take 5lb off his back, and with conditions not a problem he must go close.
At 9/1 he looks a cracking each-way punt.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Bowdler’s Magic (9/1 Boylesports, Hills – BOG)