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Great Minds bids to open winning account at Redcar races
Irish-trained runners at Redcar are hardly commonplace so punters should take note of Great Minds as he bids to open his winning account at this afternoon’s meeting.
Trained at Golden in County Tipperary by former jump jockey Tommy Stack, who rode the great Red Rum to victory in the 1977 Grand National, Great Minds runs in the Bet And Watch RacingUk’s App Maiden Stakes, with crack rider Wayne Lordan on board.
The gelded son of Bahamian Bounty was beaten by only a nose in a similar event at Navan recently, a performance which was a step up on his unplaced debut at Tipperary.
The rain-softened ground should be nothing new to Great Minds, who can make his long journey well worthwhile.
True Pleasure should go well under Tom Queally in the Download The Free Racing UK App Handicap (division two).
Trained at Middleham by James Bethell, True Pleasure failed by only half a length to beat Ingleby Symphony in a well-contested handicap at Ayr last week. On the evidence of that form, the six-year-old has every chance of going one better here.
Roger Varian sends Sporting Gold from Newmarket to bid for a hat-trick of wins in the Sam Hall Memorial Handicap.
The four-year-old won at Lingfield in January and returned in a blaze of glory at Haydock recently when equipped with a first-time hood. The headgear is retained today on a gelding who is lightly raced and who surely has more to offer.
Kommander Kirkup, trained near Darlington by Michael Dods, aims to make it third time lucky in the British Stallion Studs Maiden Stakes.
The juvenile has finished second in both his outings to date, at York and Ayr. He has shown a tendency both times to carry his head a little higher than is ideal, but he has shown a good level of ability in both outings and deserves every respect here. PJ McDonald has the mount.
The promising Latin Charm (1.30), who carries the Godolphin colours, and nap selection Fanoos (3.40), who shaped well after a lengthy absence at Newcastle recently, are two others to note at Redcar.
At Haydock, Baarez will be a popular choice among punters to oblige for Paul Hanagan in the ApolloBet Free Download App Maiden Stakes.
The Roger Varian-trained colt finished second on his debut at Newmarket three weeks ago, but he reared in the stalls and also hung badly to his left, leaving the impression he might have won had he not blotted his copybook, Varian has fitted him with a hood this time and, hopefully, Baarez can go one better.
Hanagan can also score on Latenightrequest for his old boss, Richard Fahey, in the ApolloBet £50 Match Bet Nursery over a mile.
The Malton filly came from last to first to win a similar race at Ayr last time. This looks tougher, but she stays well and copes with soft ground so has plenty going for her in this four-runner contest.
Back Lane, also trained by Fahey, merits a mention in the ApolloBet Mobile Games Nursery.
Although out of his depth in the Harry Rosebery Stakes, a Listed contest, at Ayr last time out, Back Lane had previously looked pretty progressive in handicap company.
Musical Comedy can win the ApolloBet Best Odds Guaranteed Conditions Stakes.
1.30 Latin Charm, 2.00 Camatini, 2.30 Kommander Kirkup, 3.05 Sporting Gold, 3.40 Fanoos (NAP), 4.15 True Pleasure, 4.50 Great Minds, 5.20 The Blue Banana.
2.20 Personal Opinion, 2.55 Back Lane, 3.30 Musical Comedy, 4.05 Baarez, 4.40 Latenightrequest, 5.10 Magistral, 5.40 Forced Family Fun.
Today’s other meetings: Cheltenham and Wolverhampton.
Tomorrow’s meetings: Ascot, Catterick, Cheltenham, Kelso and Wolverhampton.
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