Wild Desert can outclass rivals in Beverley highlight
By Stephen, bettingexpert.com | Published
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Charlie Longsden is better known as an up-and-coming jumps trainer but he does well on the flat and his consistent Wild Desert can land the Watt Memorial Handicap at 4.00.
The 7-y-o has been running with credit in staying handicaps all summer, often travelling well before finding less than expected in a finish, and he is the type to relish a drop in grade. Promising claimer Matthew Cosham is in the saddle taking off a useful 3lb, and he can produce this quirky type in the closing stages without having to resort to the whip.
Main danger for the £7,000 prize money may come from Mojolika. Tim Easterby has hit form with a vengeance after a highly profitable Saturday and this 4-y-o showed his turn was near when a close second at Pontefract in June. He has winning form at this stiff course, and the only concern would be if the ground was to ease significantly (best form on faster and tailed off when encountering heavy ground twice).
Michael Dod's Mohawk Ridge bounced back to his very best form when landing a heavy ground Catterick handicap last time out and is entitled to respect with the stable in red hot form. He has never run so well at this venue however, and will need to find improvement with assesor raising him markedly up in the weights.
Blackstone Vegas arrives here in good order, landing keenly contested staying handicaps at Kempton and Pontefract before a solid third last time out. He is another that has risen dramatically in the weights and more is required to regain the winning thread in this better race.
Petella picked up two handicaps for this new yard last year, the second over 2m1f at Pontefract in August. She was a good fourth to Blackstone Vegas there on her return, and that seasonal debut should have brought her forward fitness wise.
Moon Trip is a very doubtful stayer upped in trip with his yard firmly in the wilderness, while Markington has failed to fire recently and may be on the downgrade at the age of nine.
At a bigger price Stags Leap may outrun his odds. He shaped with promise when third first time out and possibly resented first time cheekpieces when well held last time. A win over hurdles showed this kind of stamina test should suit and he is an each-way alternative to our choice.
In summary, a wide open handicap with the layers sure to offer sround 5-1 the field this morning. Wild Desert represents a class above and may be able to land this without his young rider getting serious. At around 7-1 this morning an each-way investment is confidently recommended.
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