1.10 Wolverhampton: Class 5 Novices Stakes, 5f
After three highly promising runs, with the debut a clear stand-out, Miltia is clearly the one to beat. 5f on tapeta looks ideal with a perfect draw in a race that appears to be very much winnable.
Militia’s sire Equiano has a superb record with juveniles over CD therefore the switch to the All-Weather looks more like a positive than a negative.
10pts win – Militia @ 9/4 Bet365
4.45 Kempton: Class 6 Handicap, 1m
This looks a race where one of the younger, lightly raced three year olds really should land a blow. Mio Ragazzo looks the pick of the lot, if this doesn’t come too soon and he can overcome a wide draw.
However I rather go with experience in this race. From the bottom end of the weights, nine year old Pick A Little looks primed for a big run. He comes here off a nice win at Brighton, yet can race off 2lb lower on the All-Weather, than he did on turf the last time.
Pick A Little is equally as good a horse on the sand as on grass, in fact his win record on the All-Weather is slightly better.
A mile on AW has never led to success, though. However he gets it well enough as seen at Brighton in desperate conditions three weeks ago.
It looks significant that Richard Kingscote takes the ride. He’s sat three times on Pick A Little and steered the gelding to success on each occasion.
Drawn in eight should still be okay and he should have not too many problems settling in a nice position not too far off the pace.
10pts win – Pick A Little @ 17/2 VC