Wednesday’s best bets, by Tony Paley
The second day of the Punchestown Festival will rightly dominate the racing previews and reports on Wednesday but there’s a genuinely excellent card at Ascot this afternoon with the track offering free admission. The Sagaro Stakes, the highlight of the meeting, is competitive and tricky given that appreciable rain will make a difference to the propspects for a number of the fancied runners. Pallasator has won on lively ground and is a nominal selection in a tough heat.
Limato (4.05), a very impressive winner of the Redcar Two-Year-Old Trophy last campaign, returns in the six-furlong Merriebelle Stable Pavilion Stakes. Trainer Henry Candy is notably cautious in the Racing Post this morning, commenting that his runner has been working lazily in his build-up for his comeback. The colt still has over half a stone in hand on official ratings, however, and is going to take a lot of stopping if running to form. The short price may look generous afterwards.
At Cheltenham’s traditional hunter chase fixture, Penmore Mill (4.50) has plenty in his favour even taking into account he is dropping in trip this time. The gelding has the talent to outclass this field and rates a banker.
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