It’s fair to say that Thursday’s cards aren’t particularly inspirational but, in our search for value, we’ve once again come up with a couple of selections, which constitute our ‘daily double’.
Newmarket trainer Charlie Appleby has a 2-9 (22%) strike rate with his three-year-olds at Haydock this season and appears to have a decent chance of improving that record with Second Wave in the Betfred “Double Delight” Handicap (3.35). The New Approach gelding won on his seasonal debut at Redcar in April, so an absence of 138 days is less of a worry than it otherwise might be and, although beaten off a 1lb lower mark at Nottingham on his only subsequent start, he remains open to significant improvement.
At Salisbury, the Country Gentlemen’s Association Dick Poole Fillies’ Stakes (3.45) is the race of the day and features an intriguing clash between the progressive fillies Mayfair Lady and Whatdoiwantthatfor, who are inseparable on official ratings. However, preference on this occasion is for Whatdoiwantthatfor, whose two defeats have been inflicted by subsequent Lowther Stakes winner Besharah and is proven on the prevailing soft going.
Selections: Haydock 3.35 Second Wave, Salisbury 3.45 Whatdoiwanthatfor win double
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.