Horse Racing: THERE IS A HIDDEN GEM AT WOLVES; WINNER MACHINE SATURDAY SPECIALS.
WHATEVER it was that led to Mark Johnston's horses running below par, they've sorted it out now and the winners
have been flowing again for the past week or so.
Predicting whether horses will get an easy lead is far from an exact science but HIDDENSEE should be allowed to dictate at Wolverhampton tonight under Joe Fanning, who's a genius from the front.
That wasn't the case at Warwick last weekend, when he was pestered into going too fast throughout, and did well to finish second considering.
Backing unlucky losers isn't for everyone but TREASURE HOUSE really should have won last time and is interesting later on the same card.
A former sprinter who does like it here, that effort proved his stamina for the extended mile and he should do them for speed late as long as they go a decent pace early.
We all know low numbers will be best in the Pitmen's Derby at Newcast le, al though I 'll back GREENWICH MEANTIME if he hits something stupid like 6-1, as he's the most likely winner despite the draw.
However, sprint biases are less easy to work out nowadays. As long as high numbers did all right here last night, INDIAN TRAIL will be the one to back in the 2.45 and he deserves some luck on the draw front.
In three starts on turf for David Nicholls this year, he's been badly positioned every time, including when running a cracker in the Wokingham last weekend. A stiff six in a big field is perfect and he'll just want the gaps to come.
Having found a muddling gallop against her at Ascot and a wide draw too much at Haydock, KELUCIA probably should have won at Salisbury on Wednesday. The fillies' handicap at Newmarket this afternoon is easier.
As long as they go a decent pace, I'd fancy her to do them for class up the hill. Last year's only win for Jim Goldie came when conceding weight to lesser rivals so she's clearly happy doing that.
There's no obvious angle behind putting up the imposing JIMMY THE GUESSER at Chester, other than Nick Littmoden has always maintained he's the sort to go on progressing and he's doing just that.
It was a decent, truly run handicap in which he finished second in at Sandown last time having always been on the pace, and he's got the crucial low draw.
Tomorrow looks tough enough but BALIAN is a standout in the five-furlong handicap at Windsor, with any amount in his favour, including the rail draw and Ryan Moore taking over.
His latest Sandown second to Glasshoughton, who's gone in again since, was better than it looked, as he was held up from a low draw, whereas the winner was always well placed towards the rail. He's only 1lb higher and open to improvement.
MACHINE SELECTIONS: TODAY: CHESTER 3.50 Jimmy The Guesser, 4.50 Coconut Moon. NEWCASTLE 2.45 Indian Trail. NEWMARKET 4.35 Kelucia. WOLVERHAMPTON 7.45 Hiddensee, 9.15 Treasure House.
TOMORROW: WINDSOR 3.00 Balian.
MONDAY: WINDSOR 8.10 Street Life. WOLVERHAMPTON: 3.30 Conservation
WATCH OUT FOR: Alfie Tupper, Ask Yer Dad, Davenport, Dinner Date, Dry Ice, Efidium, Gringo, Leighton Buzzard, Let Slip, Ollie George, Pivotal Flame, Portal, Prince Namid, Raffaas, Recruit, Rezzago, Romany Nights, Rubenstar, Some Diva, Vicious Warrior, Well Hidden.
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JOHNSTON: Back in form' FANNING: Genius in front