Tuesday 16 January 2018

Into Wain to stay on upward curve

Julian Muscat

Congratulations must go to Newmarket, from where Channel 4's cameras will broadcast three handicaps that punters have every chance of unravelling. The races in question illustrate there's no need to attract 20 runners to render handicaps competitive.

The best bet at HQ is the David Simcock-trained Into Wain, a progressive young stayer which should take the beating in the 32Red Casino Handicap (2,45). Martin Dwyer has forged a good relationship with a horse that remains very much on the upgrade.

Simcock saddles a similar type in Dajen, which gets into the one-mile handicap (2.15) off bottom weight despite winning his last three starts. However, Dajen will do well to contain Invisible Man, which finished lame on his last outing in September, but had previously shaped like a rugged handicapper in the making.

The same applies to Chiberta King in the 14-furlong handicap (3.25). Compensation awaits this previous course winner, which should strip fitter for a recent comeback that saw him lead a large field a merry dance for much of the journey.

Irish Independent

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