5.20 Yarmouth: Class 6 Handicap, 1 mile
The 3 year old’s add spice to this open contest. Macho Guest is the one I prefer from the lot.
The son of Camacho did show little in three maiden starts, but with a run this season already under his belt he should strip race fit. Now stepping up to 1 mile for the first time off a very low opening mark Macho Guest looks dangerous.
Apprentice Jane Elliott claims valuable 5lb and has a strong record for trainer George Margarson.
10pts win – Macho Guest @ 12/1 Sky
6.25 Sandown: Class 4 Handicap, 1m 6f
Very competitive race where pace and positioning may become key. That worries me about my selection Manor Park, who was raw, green and to some extend clueless when winning a Windsor Handicap over 11.5f on handicap- & seasonal debut last month.
However, the way he was grinding it out regardless was impressive. He matched his opening mark with the time speed rating achieved that day. Stepping up in trip looks sure to suit with fast ground no issue whatsoever.
His revised handicap mark could easily underestimate him given the new trip and experience gained.
10pts win Manor Park @ 7/1 VC
2.10 Ripon: Class 5 Novice Stakes, 6f
I believe the odds-on favourite is bad value while Mark Johnston’s runner is a tasty price. MJ has a superb record with juveniles in Novice company, particularly if they drop in class.
Yellow Fire does drop significantly in class after a promising debut at Bath where he ran green and made too much early on. This form looks strong through the third who is a fair benchmark with a place behind a subsequent Listed winner.
Despite being a May foal, Yellow Fire looks big, strong and scopy. This easier 6f trip should suit him, though the draw away from the rails is a slight concern, in fairness.
10pts win – Yellow Fire @ 4/1 WH