Dark Horses: The name’s Bondesire…

davidomearaTHE upwardly mobile yard of David O’Meara (left) is continuing on its upward curve. He has had a hatful of winners already this season and virtually everything he runs seems to be performing well. Today his three-year-old filly BONDESIRE contests the 6f handicap at Pontefract and could run a big race. I saw this filly on her juvenile debut last June make striking late headway over the course and distance. She was then unlucky at Ripon where she was nailed on the post. She does not look harshly treated for her first foray into handicap company and has a decent draw today.

Mark Tompkins’ horses tend to need their first race and that will probably be the case with MARSH DRAGON at Pontefract (2.50). But she is a talented, strong travelling filly and well up to winning races. A watching brief is advised today.

Elsewhere Marco Botti looks to have found a good opportunity for his Wood Ditton third STRING THEORY in the Kempton maiden at 7.35. The Medicean colt really caught the eye that day. Keep an eye on David Lanigan’s BRAVESTAR in the same race who is quite highly regarded although is likely to need the run. And despite top weight, DARK TEMPLAR is well regarded by connections and could run a big race in the 7f handicap at 8.35.

The fourth horse from our 10 to follow list runs at Kempton in the 5.50. CODEBREAKER should run well but this is a competitive little race and others have had the benefit of a run. Still, Hughie Morrison has his team in fine form (17 of his last 30 runners have been in the first three) and Codebreaker should run well, although he will be more interesting in handicap company.

For the full 10 to follow list please click here.

POSTCRIPT: Yesterday spawned two winners: Different (9/4) and A Ladies Man (backed in from 4/1 to evens).

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