Teaplanter looks at the Friday evening cards and has highlighted a few appealing bets at Nottingham and Ascot.
Our best bet on the Ascot card comes in the shape of the Roger Charlton trained Suffused. The daughter of Champs Elysee made a very taking debut at Newmarket last November when she quickened up from off the pace to reel in Colour Party in the final few strides, to win going away.
The form is not exceptional but she can be rated quite some way better than it, given that she was green through much of the race. She is from a family that gets significantly better as they mature and although she has no fancy entries at this stage, she has the potential to prove better than a handicapper. Off a mark of 79, despite her inexperience, she looks well up to winning this contest on her way to better races during the summer.
There are plenty of unexposed fillies in this maiden, but the one that makes plenty of appeal is the David Elsworth trained Melodious. The daughter of Cape Cross made her debut last year in a very competitive sales race at Newmarket and it was all too much for her. However on her second and final start last season, she showed a huge amount of promise when finishing 2nd to Roxy Star at Kempton over 7 furlongs.
She was not given a really hard time by Liam Keniry, but stayed on very nicely down the wide outside and was doing all her best work at the finish, She should improve a lot with the winter on her back, especially as she is out of a mare (Gower Song) who improved a huge amount through her 3 year old season. The step up to a mile looks certain to suit and she should take a lot of beating in a contest that might not be as strong as it looks at first glance.
Nottingham 8:25 - Master Zephyr
Roger Charlton can hopefully gain a quick double this evening as he saddles a runner in the last at Nottingham that looks to have excellent claims.
Master Zephyr won his final start at two, when he was a neck winner over a mile at Wolverhampton. He promised to make significant progress when he tackled middle distances at 3 and looked to be on a very good mark when he made his debut at Bath 2 weeks ago. He was a well backed 7/4 favourite but he allowed the Mark Johnston trained Triple Dip an easy lead and gave him too many lengths start. Ultimately he finished very nicely to come clear of the 3rd but was beaten 3/4 length in the end. He has been raised 7lb for that defeat, which looks quite harsh, but there is little doubt that he can prove better than a mark of 75.
He may well be suited by further than this 10 furlong trip as the summer progresses, but he should be hard to beat here and 5/2 looks worth taking.
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