Selections and Choices

Selections and Choices

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Kolkata 29/3/2016.

Kolkata 29/3/2016.

1.30 DESERT CAT is down in grade and gets the top rider. Can win if he is able to build on his last suggestive third. 
NEW CHALLENGER will relish the step up in trip and has a chance with this rider. 
SAM HOUSTEN led all the way and weakened when runner-up over mile at last start. The shorter journey looks a plus and rider repeats. 
ROMANCER gets in well after the 4kg claim and might be tried. 
ZURVAN is the class and distance winner under same rider. 
MCCARTNEY has low weights and distance suits, will be in contention if stablemate falters. 

#1 DESERT CAT - Top pick 

2.00 ORIENTAL ROCKY has come down a lot and merits consideration for his close third to Jacknife in upper class. 
GLORIOUS RUN looks out handicapped in this field. 
APSARAS has no recent form but gets positive rider. 
FIRE FALCON is in good form and will appreciate step down in trip. Appeals on handicap. 
LUCKY STREAK was beaten by the last name and now has 4kg claimer. 
STUDIOFIFTYFOUR ran a suspect race last time for which both trainer and jockey were suspended, not sure of the intent but gets positive switch in rider and shoes. 

#4 FIRE FALCON - Top pick
#1 ORIENTAL ROCKY - Keep an eye 

2.30 WORDS can bounce back down in grade. 
SILKEN GRACE is better suited by this distance and can improve. 4kg claim helps. 
JABBLE gets positive switch in rider and shoe.
ZENA has beaten 2nd name earlier and later has slight edge on handicap. 

#1 WORDS - Top pick 
#2 SILKEN GRACE - upset 

3.00 BORN TO WIN led all the way until beaten by the winner. 
FLIGHT OF PHOENIX led until 300 and faded last start against much better company. Now back in distance and should get all the favours from inside barrier. 
ALTUS was beaten by first name last start and may finish on board again. 
MY LADY LUCK won well and is up in grade. 
TIBIDABO has a handicap chance and if intent is positive can upset even with this rider. Don't ignore. 

#7 TIBIDABO - E/W prospect 

3.30 FLANKER has tough penalty to beat. 
NO POLITICS PLEASE and SIMRAN'S CHOICE have no current form. 
TANGALOOMA is up in class and is knocking at the door but has the weak rider. 
ROMAN FLAMES is resuming and her recent trials are suggestive, she was in good form last winter and races well fresh, watch for support. 
SHIVALIK STORY is well beaten last start favourite and looks difficult to sustain even with this rider. 
STAR ONE has to defy class penalty. 
CELERINO ran badly last start and has a chance with positive switch in rider. 

#5 ROMAN FLAME - Top pick 

4.00 STARISTOCRAT is one paced and has  a 4kg claimer. 
SETAFLAME put in a gallant effort last start to go down narrowly over a sharp trip. He looks suited by the step up in distance and is the one to beat.
BULL RUN is up in grade and can threaten at low weights. 
INTERSTELLAR has age and weights in her favour and cannot be ignored. 

#5 SETAFLAME - Top pick 

4.30 EVESHAM was never in the hunt last out and deserves another chance in this set. 
COMMANDER will find this trip sharp for his comfort but is superior in class and has ideal handicap. 
MAKE WAY FOR ME is up in grade, failed to improve with top rider last time. 
NOVERRO has low weights but distance is short for his liking. 

#2 COMMANDER - Top pick 

5.00 RUNNING HAND has to carry top weight and distance is ideal. 
EL CID is consistent and has a chance. 
PICK POCKET ran suggestive fourth last time out over a sprint. Will appreciate the rise in trip but was beaten by below name in his last outing. 
ROLLY POLLY is very consistent but is still a maiden. Will relish the extra furlong and gets the rider for the job. 
ATHLETICO can threaten if takes level jump. 
MUSTANG goes over this trip for the first time and has low weights. Was easily  beaten by Rolly Polly last time.