Dark Horses: Open Sesame for Ali Baba

alibaba2STEROIDS apart, it’s been a wonderful week of racing so far. Today the Grade One gravy train continues at Punchestown, while the classic pretensions of several bluebloods are on the line at Sandown. There is also the final day of the Perth Festival, a decent flat card at Doncaster and two National Hunt evening meetings. A few catch my eye today so here are four to consider. ALIĀ  BABA runs tonight in a 2m4f handicap hurdle at Chepstow and at first glance his form figures do not inspire confidence. But he has definite ability. Wayne Hutchinson takes the ride, which is significant as this fellow is usually ridden by conditional jockeys. The quicker ground should suit and he could reward each-way support at a decent price.

ELIDOR: Mick Channon says this three-year-old is all about stamina and will probably need 2m in time. He contests the 1m 4f maiden at Doncaster (3.35) and should go well if Sam Hitchcott makes the most of his staying power.

MUTHMERA: Looks a ready-made winner of a maiden after two highly promising runs at two. Should run a big race today in the 1m 2f fillies’ maiden at Sandown (4.25) although she will improve with age. She won’t want too much rain.

MAKIN: Progressive at two, this Shirocco colt runs in a class 4 handicap at Doncaster (3.05) and his mark of 73 looks very workable. If he is straight enough, and be warned that Marco Botti’s tend to need a race, he should go very well indeed.

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