Only modest fare, as usual, on Monday, but even the lowliest contest must have a winner and there are compelling reasons for believing that Amazing Blue Sky can complete a double in the Bet in Play at Coral Amateur Riders’ Handicap (2.35) at Wolverhampton.
I’m not usually a fan of these amateur riders’ contests, but there are amateur riders and amateur riders and Serena Brotherton is one of the very best. Perhaps the most interesting thing about her, as far as we’re concerned, is that she has a 3-3 (100%) strike rate for trainer Ruth Carr on the all-weather.
Obviously, Mrs. Brotherton can’t win without the horse, but she rode Amazing Blue Sky to victory over a furlong or so shorter at Southwell two weeks ago and a 4lb rise in the weights for that success seems more than fair. In fact, it puts Amazing Blue Sky on exactly the same handicap mark as when winning over 1 mile 4 furlongs, in this grade, at Thirsk in the summer, so it’s hard to argue that he’s anything but feasibly weighted for a return to the winners’ enclosure.
In a race where recent winning form is in short supply, Amazing Blue Sky appears to have an outstanding chance and makes no little appeal at 3/1 with Bet365 in the early price lists. Santayana, who’s still a maiden, but is 2lb better off for the length he finished behind Amazing Blue Sky at Southwell could, again, be the one that gives him most to do.
Selection: Wolverhampton 2.35 Amazing Blue Sky to win (3/1 with Bet365)