I’m back on Stateside for Sky Sports Racing Wednesday evening and from 5.45pm I will be doing my best to find you all a few winners from Tampa Bay Downs and Will Rogers Downs – so hopefully here at Paddy Power you’ll get a head start!
First of all, footie great and former King of the Jungle, Harry Redknapp, has asked me to provide him with a trixie, which of course is three selections consisting of four bets: three doubles and treble. So let’s do that first.
I’m heading to Race 2 at Tampa Bay Downs for my first selection in a 6f claimer at 18.30. Now MR KISSES has a lot of seconds to his name in recent times, and although downgraded has been beaten at this level. That said he is running really well and has every chance to score this time. Main rival High Five Cotton would prefer to go a mile and other big threat One Lucky Step is out wide.
So we have a huge chance.
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We are on the Turf (hopefully) in Race 3 at 19:00, and this 1m maiden claimer can go to CASK. Dropped in grade last time he ran well despite being bumped at the start. With a clear here he should take all the beating under Angel Suarez.
On paper Analyzeyourvision has a better chance on speed figures, but that helps hold up the market for our horse who must have more to come.
The final leg of my Redknapp trixie comes in Race 6 at Tampa at 20.30, a claimer for $16,000. Here I like the look of the very consistent LAST PROMISE, who won on Sky Sports Racing when I was working just recently in a much harder event than this.
He has a good draw to run from, while a danger in Mr Cowboy is out very wide. That might be the difference in a tough race to call.
Meanwhile, over at Will Rogers Downs FIVE STAR KIP takes a huge grade drop in the opener, a claimer over 5f at 19.15. My hope has won three races, so even though he has seven runner-up spots to his name he knows how to win. He ran for a claim of $16,000 last time and did terribly, but this is much more like it.
On paper he needs further, but against this lot, he will be surely hard to stop.
To round off Will Rogers Downs, I like JOLLYVILLE who runs in Race 4 at 20:45, a maiden special weight for $24,000 over 1m. Although drawn on the very outside, the Ry Ekleberry-ridden mare is very lightly raced for a five-year-old but showed a lot more on her second run last time and this is there for the taking.
As well as some very suspect rivals few have the stamina for this trip and of course our runner has room for further improvement.
So best of luck – you hear me Paddy?
*Prices correct at publishing but are subject to change