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Redcar Preview: Get on the Road to success

| 07.04.2014
CORAL ENHANCED ACCAS

There is some competitive action for punters to get stuck into at Redcar today, and Justonefortheroad looks decent value in the feature race at 3.50.

The Richard Fahey trained eight-year-old was better than ever in 2012 when winning three handicaps on soft ground, with the last of those successes coming off a mark of 90 over a mile at Leicester.

The gelding started last season on a mark of 94 on the back of that effort and ran a stormer off it on his reappearance when finishing a one length fourth of 22 to Levitate in the Lincoln at Doncaster on soft ground.

Although he subsequently failed to build on that run, his handicap mark has fallen as a result and he now gets into this off just 80.

That is 10lb lower than when last successful gives him outstanding claims at the weights on the pick of his form.

Although he was never competitive when finishing just 10th of 18 on his recent reappearance at Doncaster, that race was over 7f and the step back up to a mile in this should see him in a far better light.

In the 1m contest at 4.40, Ralphy Lad looks an interesting contender on his handicap debut.

The Alan Swinbank trained gelding has just three starts as a juvenile last season, shaping with plenty of promise on the first two occasions.

He particularly caught the eye on the second of those when finishing sixth of 12 to Gold Trail at Haydock.

The son of Iffraaj showed plenty of pace to chase the leaders until being unable to quicken and then keeping on to be beaten 4 1/2 lengths.

The winner went on to finish second on his handicap debut off 85, and the fourth home Snow Sky won by 15 lengths next time up and was sent off just 15/2 in the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster when finishing 8th of 11 to Kingston Hill and is now rated 95.

That is solid form and makes Ralphy Lad look potentially well-treated off opening mark of 72.

In the final race on the card (5.20), Lady Yeats looks the one to be on now stepped up in trip.

Gary Moore’s filly shaped with promise on her final two runs last season over a mile, staying on well at the end of each without being knocked about.

She is bred to come into her own over middle distances, and is now upped to a more suitable 1m 2f on her handicap debut.

The daughter of Yeats doesn’t look too harshly treated off an opening mark of 68, and is taken to get the better of the Mark Johnstone trained Zanouska.

Selections:
2.20: Paddy Again
2.50: Dodina
3.20: Stanarley Pic
3.50: Justonefortheroad (NAP)
4.20: Ralphy Lad
4.50: Yagheer
5.20: Lady Yeats (NB)

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A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.