Blinkers can help Two Brothers at Nottingham
Back Two Brothers @ 13/2 in the 16:10 at Nottingham
Mick Easterby’s Two Brothers appeared here a couple of weeks ago as I thought he was a horse who was crying out for some headgear at Doncaster. The cheekpieces galvanised him to some extent as he raced a bit closer to the pace than he normally does, but he didn’t quite have the pace with an unsuitable gallop. Although he was placed, he never looked like winning and I was left a little disappointed.
Easterby as gone for the blinkers today so I think he is worth one more chance, especially with 16 runners and the Extra Place Special on the Sportsbook.
The horse is still well-handicapped in my opinion and Alice Stevens can claim her 5lb in this amateur riders’ contest. Stevens has three victories, including one at Hereford recently for Henry Daly.
Ghostly is a big price considering he won at the track last time, but conditions were different to what he’ll face today under Alex Garven, while Danielle Mooney’s mount Crestwood can’t really be trusted to back following a poor run last time, despite winning form at Lingfield in heavy going.
Vino’s day today back at Kempton after York flop
Back Vino Victrix @ 7/2 in the 17:45 at Kempton
Vino Victrix looked a highly promising stayer when he peeled off a pair of victories at Sandown and Kempton in the summer from 76 and 83 and looked a Melrose type with tidy performance over 2m winning under Oisin Murphy.
I fancied him for the Musselburgh Gold Cup, but he was too keen in that, and his over-racing has been a slight problem – even with the victories.
He bombed out at York last time in a hot handicap, but he wouldn’t be the first to run poorly at that track as runners can often get lost there.
His Sandown victory was an excellent piece of form with stacks of winners out of that, and he’s still well treated from 85 as a progressive 3yo, especially returning to a surface he seems to enjoy with a 1-1 record at Kempton.
This is another Extra Place Special on the Sportsbook.