Tuscania has been shaping as if she can take advantage of her handicap mark and looks terrific value at 12/1 in the 8.00 at Haydock.
The filly looked a useful prospect when making a winning debut at Kempton for Sir Michael Stoute back in September 2010, and finished a decent fourth on her handicap debut in 2011 when 4th of 11 to Instance off a mark of 90.
Since then she has failed to progress as expected, but she did run a couple opf solid races without troubling the judge before moving to Lucy Wadham’s yard for the start of this campaign.
The four-year-old ran as if badly in need of the run on her reappearance at Newmarket, but then duly stepped up significantly on that effort when a good second to Magic Destiny over this course and distance.
She stayed on strongly to go down by just 1/2 a length off today’s mark of 84, and now meets the winner on 7lb better terms.
That should enable her to turn around the placings, yet she can be backed at nearly 3 times the odds of that rival.
The daughter of King’s Best also wasn’t disgraced last time up at Goodwood in an apprentice handicap won by the progressive Landaman, finishing 7th of 14 after meeting trouble in running and not being unduly knocked about.
If she can build on the promise that she has shown in those runs she would hav every chance in this, and with conditions fine she looks way overpriced in my book.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Tuscania (12/1 Betfred, Hills – BOG)