Teaplanter previews some excellent racing on Wednesday and his early bets include She's Otto at Fairyhouse and Asum at Warwick.
This is a cracker of a contest to open proceedings at Warwick although we disagree with the order in which the fancied horses are in the market. Midnight Maestro won on his bumper debut at Doncaster on soft ground last March, when after travelling extremely well for most of the race, he was ridden out to beat Wenyerreadyfreddie by 4.5 lengths. In the end it was workmanlike, but conditions were difficult. However as of yet the form has yet to be tested and boosted and he looks vulnerable to the Dan Skelton trained Asum.
Asum was a real talking horse ahead of his debut at Warwick and he was very well fancied in the market. However on that debut at this track in April, he displayed a lot of inexperience and wandered around when asked to move forward in the straight. He went from one side of the home straight to the other, but when he did begin to grasp what was required, he stayed on strongly and was beaten less than a length by Clondaw Cracker, with Brio Conti close up in 3rd. The form has not proved to be that strong so far, with the winner running no race on his seasonal reappearance, but the 3rd won next time. However it is the visual impression left by Asum which was the most telling. He looked like a horse that would improve a ton for that debut in terms of experience and he will hopefully have thrived over the summer. He could take high rank among the novices this season and he is worth backing as second favourite here.
1.5 points win Asum at 2/1 with Bet365
Only Betfair Sports and Bet365 have priced this Mares Maiden Hurdle at this early stage on Tuesday evening, but there is a clear standout bet in the race in the shape of the Mags Mullins trained She's Otto. This daughter of Milan is related to numerous good horses, including the very talented Chomba Womba and the potential she showed last season suggests that she could be a Graded mare over hurdles, with the pretensions of being a Grade 1 winner in a weak category, far from ridiculous.
She made a hugely encouraging debut when she was given a poor ride by Patrick Mullins at Fairyhouse. She was left with a huge amount to do as they turned into the straight, but she stayed on relentlessly under Patrick's driving once they turned in and was eventually only beaten half a length by Goaheadmakemyday. She was easily the best mare that day and she showed it next time when winning at Gowran in a common canter in February. She has plenty to find on form with the market leaders here and also has to concede hurdling experience, but she looks a really good prospect and an each way bet looks the way to go with a small profit on the stake being returned with the place result.
Asthuria has a significant advantage in terms of hurdling experience and also gets 8lb because she has not won a race of any description. This sill make her hard to beat and she showed plenty of promise in a Grade 1 on her Irish debut. However we will side with the really promising mare and will also look at the without the favourite markets on Wednesday if the Tyner trained Don't Kick Nor Bite can hold up the price for our selection.
1.5 points each way She's Otto at 6/1 with Bet365