Chris Baker: Bank on this 12/1 Nap at Vichy

There's racing in France and Hong Kong this afternoon.
There's racing in France and Hong Kong this afternoon.

Both of yesterday’s selections ran well with Linardo (20/1) staying on strongly to take third close home. Whilst it is pleasing to get horses making the frame at big prices, it is also frustrating that not enough of them are converting to wins. I am hoping that will change today and have picked out two bets for the racing in France and Hong Kong. Good luck if you decide to follow.

Vichy Tip

12:50 – 5f Handicap

A very strong case can be made for the Jaber Abdullah-owned filly MORNING BASMA (NAP), who progressed with each of her seven starts last year to record impressive form figures of 3622122. After winning a maiden over five-and-a-half furlongs, she went down by small margins in each of her next two starts in conditions races. She is clearly held in high regard by connections as she made her 2020 seasonal reappearance in a strong Group 3 race at Longchamp earlier this month. Having shown plenty of pace early on that day, she understandably weakened in the latter stages against better opposition. She drops down in to handicap company today and should be hard to catch from her middle draw. Interestingly, she is the only horse in this field to have raced over the five-furlong trip last time out with the others all dropping back in distance. Air De Valse and Kilfrush Memories should provide the biggest challenge.

Sha Tin Tip

13:15 – 8.5f Handicap

BUDDIES can reverse the form with Mongolian King and Kings Shield after the three fought out the finish in a similar race here back in April. The selection may not have been suited by the slow track that day but has since won back on turf under top apprentice jockey Jerry Chau. Chau keeps the ride today and his claim will give this John Moore-trained four-year-old a good chance at the weights. In all, this son of So You Think has won three of his seven starts over this course and distance and is yet to finish out of the first three places. 

Recommendations

12:50 at Vichy - MORNING BASMA (NAP) – 1 point win bet at 12/1.

13:15 at Sha Tin - BUDDIES – 1 point win bet at 7/2.

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