Armchair racing fans who prefer live streaming to watching the television will be in their element on Wednesday when an eight race card at Greyville Polytrack takes place and Handlanger likes one in Race 6.
Greyville Poly Race 6 Due Off 15:30
FM 66 APPRENTICE HANDICAP (F & M), 1200m
1st: R62,500 2nd: R20,000 3rd: R10,000 4th: R5,000
Nine runners are carded to contest Race 6, an open looking lower grade handicap for the apprentices. Given that the early betting has the bulk of the field trading in single digits the winner will take some finding but I like one of the more fancied runners in the shape of No 5 Arianos Spinner.
Paul Gadsby's 5yo mare is a winner of 2 of her 30 starts and has also run 12 places. On her most recent outing on 7th February she finished third, beaten 0.75 lengths by Magicallee on the poly over 1000m.
The extra 200m on Wednesday should be in her favour based on her 2nd placing behind Maidens Prayer on her penultimate outing which came back on the 3rd October. Now whilst those punters who shy away from backing horses having their second run after a rest will perhaps be causing atmosphere, I take the view the majority of thoroughbreds are at least as likely to be sharper for their comeback run.
There has been little to no damage to the MR for those last two placed runs, Kaden Brewer (-2.5kg) is a capable young man learning his trade and a draw of 5 is workable.
The betting at the time of writing suggests odds of around 3/1 and whilst Handlanger would prefer to see a bit more “blue sky” in the price when they jump, Arianos Spinner remains the top choice.
Greyville Wednesday 2nd March
Handlangers pick: No 5 Arianos Spinner
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*Handlanger is a recreational horse racing punter who's interest in the sport was rekindled in recent times. As the name suggests he is hoping to assist but you are more than welcome to share your own views on the weekly horse racing thread on our discussion forum.