Dark Horses: Aye aye Captain

darkhorsesTRAINER David Brown has some nice two year olds. My Catch and Wind Fire ran blinders at Ascot and the promising Sir Jack Layden broke his duck at Ayr on Sunday. Today he saddles CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT who has also shown promise. He hit the crossbar on fast ground on his debut at Beverley before seeming to flounder a little in softish ground at Musselburgh. He then stumbled badly in his last race at Ripon, so a line can be drawn through that. The trainer has always held
him in high regard and has seen him as one of his better juveniles and back on fast ground
he should go very close to breaking his duck in the opener at Ayr (2.30) under Graham Lee.

Opposition is strong in the form of contenders from the Ryan, Johnston and Fahey yards but Captain Midnight looks decent value at around the 6/1 mark.

The two noughts next to the name of BOWSERS BOLD may not inspire much confidence but he has shown glimmers of promise in his two races and can step up again at Windsor tonight (6.30). Marcus Tregoning’s Firebreak colt stayed on very late on his Salisbury debut and then showed good speed at Windsor on his second run. He got a little outpaced but then stayed on again in that race. He will need further in time but could use his experience to good effect in a race made up primarily of newcomers. Hayley Turner takes the ride and is worth an each-way interest at 20/1. Among the more interesting newcomers are Grass Green who cost £85,000, Captain Bob, whom Charlie Hills thinks a bit of, and Mick Channon’s Kickboxer.

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