Matt Mitter, CEO of Value Rater Racing Club - the free destination for news, tips, big race previews and reviews - gives his expert insights into the Value Rater Racing Club Is Free Handicap.
The most valuable prize on the evening at Bath is the ‘Brakes Group/EBF Novice stakes’ which is ran over the distance just short of 1m4f .
All the runners in the field are open to further improvement having only been raced no more than twice so far with many I am sure thinking about running in handicaps races later in the season.
GREAT BEAR is trained by top trainer Roger Charlton and will be popular to many having already won on his debut at Wolverhampton then followed up with a respectable fourth at Haydock Although he was beat 13 lengths on his last start, in the context of this race it’s probably the best form on offer.The winner of the Haydock race was in a league of his own and ran well enough in the Derby Trial at Lingfield over the weekend so GREAT BEAR finds himself in calmer waters here at Bath. He can only come on for his last start but he wasn’t doing anything very quickly towards the end of that race at Haydock looking a little one paced. I wonder if he is vulnerable to anything with a better turn of foot on what will be fast conditions.
In opposition the Simon Dow trained PACIFICADORA won last time on the all-weather at Chelmsford but not sure what he beat there as the form has not worked out so far. To his credit you can only beat what is put in front of you and at least showed a good attitude in winning a race.
Trainer Andrew Balding has two runners in the race, the most interesting is DOUNE CASTLEwho I saw at Salisbury on his last start. He certainly looks a horse in the paddock that will win races but maybe his day will come when he runs in a handicap.
My selection for the race is TEST VALLEY who returns to Bath having run here two weeks ago. He really caught my eye towards the end of that race having been a little keen early door but finished off the race in quite taken fashion. Last time he was running over 1 mile so the million-dollar question is will he stay another half a mile? The way he finished his race last time certainly makes me think it might be within a range & I am backing him to find out.
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(CEO Value Rater Racing Club)