Saturday 24 March 2018

Steeler tipped to inflict some Halloween horror on the layers

Wayne Bailey

IT never ceases to amaze me how much the shops charge for children's stuff these days. I went shopping with the little one for a Halloween costume and the face paint alone cost me the guts of a tenner, never mind the rest of the gear.

In my day, there was less money around, but it was a hell of a lot simpler, with black bin-liners providing the basis for every costume imaginable.

Want to be a skeleton? No problem. Just put on a black bag and paint the bones on with some of your da's leftover white gloss. Want to be a witch? Grand. Stick on that black bag and grab the broom from the kitchen.

When a knock came to the door, there'd be half a dozen kids outside, all wearing some sort of black bag disguise.

So, feeling peeved off at handing more than 30 quid over to the shop, I thought I'd try to make the bookies pay for her costume this year by sticking a ton on Double Your Money, priced 1/3 at Southwell.

It seemed a simple case of buying some cash, but unfortunately the colt turned out to be inappropriately named and managed only third place, leaving me with a useless docket and even deeper in debt.

That leaves me on a recovery mission today and I reckon punters can inflict some Halloween horror on the layers by backing the Mark Johnston-trained Steeler in the last British Group One of the season, the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster (3.05).

I honestly can't see why he's priced as high as 4/1, considering the form he's in of late, although it must be noted that he's never raced on anything softer than good, so I'll be keeping an eye on the weather.

Steeler is related to some useful winners and, while successful at 7f in the past, he looked far more at ease when getting off the mark for the first time in group company last time at Newmarket over a mile.

That said, he faces a formidable opponent if Aidan O'Brien's Kingsbarns races at a similar level to his debut at Navan, where he bolted up in a maiden following sustained support in the markets all morning.

O'Brien has a great record in this race and this son of Galileo is definitely one to stick in the notebook, although from a betting point of view, he's a little short today at 7/4.

A little earlier at Newbury, a chance is taken on Harris Tweed at 5/1 in the St Simon Stakes (2.45). While he's a versatile sort, he seems to go best with a bit of cut in the ground, so today's conditions should be ideal.

His form went a little bit astray over the summer, but he was back near his best last time out when runner-up in a listed race at Newmarket. Considering he was conceding weight all-round as a penalty for winning a Group Three in April, a second-place finish was a considerable achievement.

As a brother to Frankel, likely favourite Noble Mission is also one to watch with interest.


AT 14/1, Sirvino is overpriced in the Racing Post iPad App Handicap at Doncaster (2.0). He's been given a chance by the handicapper lately and certainly wasn't disgraced when coming fourth of 15 in a very competitive handicap at Nottingham last time. At these weights, connections should not go home empty handed.


2.00 Doncaster: Sirvino (e/w)

2.15 Newbury: Maxentius

2.45 Newbury: Harris Tweed

3.05 Doncaster: Steeler

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