We’re always excited by the prospect of a large return for a relatively small outlay so, in a break with tradition, today we’re putting up two selections, which form our ‘daily double’.
Coincidentally, both selections run in nursery handicaps and the first is Strands Of Silk in the Swedish Pioneers Nursery Handicap (5.10) at Newcastle. The Kodiac filly wasn’t beaten far in a slightly better race at Thirsk four weeks ago and, with a first-time hood to keep her on the straight and narrow, can return to winning ways off a 2lb lower mark. She was outclassed in the National Stakes at Sandown and the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot before bolting to post at Chester on her penultimate start, but is clearly smart and can get her career back on track.
Our second selection is Gold Merlion in the Doom Bar Nursery Handicap (6.05) at Goodwood. The daughter of Alhaarth made a winning debut in a Class 4 maiden at Thirsk five weeks ago, the form of which has been franked by the third, Spennithorne and, although soft ground is an unknown, she starts life in handicaps on an attractive mark.
Selections: Newcastle 5.10 Strands Of Silk, Goodwood 6.05 Gold Merlion, win double
RESULT: Strands of Silk 3-1 SP (1st) Gold Merlion 5-1 SP (3rd)