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Daily Racing Multiple: Ali in for some revenge with Love Poems all-weather double

Poems looks to have a lovely chance from ideal draw

Back Love Poems @ 15/8 in the 16:40 at Chelmsford



Trainer: Dr Jon Scargill
Jockey: John Egan
Age: 5
Weight: 9st 4lbs
OR: 62

Merry Mistress was a winner and another drifter yesterday for the column, but the elusive double-up is proving somewhat hard to catch. Thursday I’ll be reverting to the all-weather for a couple of proven horses on the surface.

The return to 1m6f for Dr Jon Scargill’s Love Poems looks the right move for the 16:40 and the 5yo mare looks as though she will be able to justify her position at the summit of the market at 2.915/8.

Her CD victory in October was a tidy performance from a mark of 59, and travelled ahead of that with the way she went down the straight. She sat mid-division in the race and was rousted with 3f to go, but it was impressive (albeit in a low grade) the way she was angled out the widest of all and really powered home down the straight.

It was understandable she attempted a couple of 2m races afterwards and ran with credit in both.

She was over the 2m at Lingfield last time, and considering it was her first run for 103 days in a steadily run race in which Reeceltic got the best ride and never headed, it was a good run. Unlike most, she hasn’t had a hard winter and the angle of the first-time cheekpieces and down in distance are plusses.

The most famous love poem of all from Robert Burns was A Red, Red Rose with the immortal line of “so fair art thou my bonnie lass”, and Love Poems can be just that with a win.

Hard to ignore the price for in-form sprinter

Back Cool Spirit @ 5/1 in the 16:45 at Lingfield



Trainer: David C. Griffiths
Jockey: Alistair Rawlinson
Age: 7
Weight: 9st 1lbs
OR: 64

Intervention heads the betting for the 16:45 6f 0-70, and is a worthy favourite considering his knack of churning out a string of consistent performances this winter. The booking of Benoit De La Sayette and his 7lbs is a good one, but the price isn’t for such a competitive race and I often think a lot of Mick Appleby’s horses go off pretty short in the betting.

He’s drawn wide in 11 which isn’t ideal, but he is a strong enough traveller back down in distance having been campaigned mostly at 7f.

However, Cool Spirit is in rattling good nick with a string of victories and has almost the full set of AW wins recently at Lingfield, Southwell and Kempton.

Crucially, he is a front-runner and is in the best pitch in trap one for an attacking ride from Ali Rawlinson – who will be riding against his boss Appleby for an interesting sub-plot.

He was never headed last time over CD and clocked a mid-sectional of 10.95 seconds. Previously a fair few of his races were evenly run over the winter and good efforts on the clock. With his track form and ability to dictate, I’d rather back him at 5s.

Of course, in-running back-to-lay strategies will be fairly easy to pull off with some elasticity from that price.

March single bet winners:

Merry Mistress 13/8 Won
Ruby Island 5/2 Won
Bandinelli 11/8 Won
Skontonovski 10/1 Won
Very Excellent 9/1 Won
Banbridge 12/1 Won
Love Envoi 10/1 Won
Lady Alavesa placed 16/1
Merry Secret placed 5/1
Tyche placed 8/1
Gin Coco 9/4 Won
Epsom Faithfull 10/3 Won
Weveallbeencaught 7/2 Won
Red Showgirl placed 9/1

February single bet winners:

Tim Pat 3/1 Won
Duty Calls 6/1 Won
Hungry Tiger 6/1 Won
Little River Bay 13/8 Won
Fantasy Fighter placed 6/1
Form Of Praise placed 12/1
Summit Star 4/1 Won
Snow Leopardess 6/4 Won
Celebre D’Allen 5/1 Won
Tim Pat 5/2 Won
Jeans Maite 5/2 Won
Author’s Dream 7/2 Won
Gipsy Lee Rose placed 9/1

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