Who To Follow At The Second Racing League Meeting 2023

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing

Chepstow - August 09 2023
Chepstow 19:00
David Allan

Manila Scouse

J: David Allan
T: Tim Easterby
Age: 4
Weight: 9-3
OR: 81
Days: 4

The penultimate selection of the evening in Wales is Manila Scouse for Tim Easterby in the Class 3 Handicap over 5f, who sees his mark of 81 untouched from his win four days ago at Haydock in the Sunday Series.

A fairly consistent horse all season having been knocking on the door in the early stages of the term with two good seconds at Ripon and Beverley on soft ground and then in July at Ayr back over 6f was another credible second giving weight away to the winner.

No good next time out over the same C&D in the Ayr Gold Cup Trial, but since that poor effort he has bounced back to form in a big way.

Sent to York in a Competitive Class 4 Handicap when finishing a close fourth of 16 off a mark of 79, he then went over the same C&D and was a better second to Stewards' Cup winner Aberama Gold in the Sky Bet Dash Handicap, only going down by a neck.

Up to a mark of 81 when last seen on Sunday at Haydock he was a decisive winner dropping back to down to 5f and off the same mark here handling softer conditions, he looks the obvious shout to take the event.

Team To Follow - Team North

Team North could have a good round two in the Racing League on Thursday, heading into the event currently in fourth place having made a fair start.

In the opening event of the seven they have the top two in the market with both Hartswood and United Front both holding leading claims.

Again, they field two in the Nursery Handicap over 6f with Eminy looking the best of the two chances dropping out of Listed company, but Alghalib could outrun his odds having his first run as a gelding.

Sir Maxi and Indian Falcon go for the team in the Class 4 Handicap over 6f, with the former looking the best of the bunch.

The North only have one runner in the Class 3 Handicap over 1m2f and Old Smoke will need to find his form of old to get involved but could do.

They will be looking for both horses in the next to outrun their odds with Bosc Girl and Muzaffar double figure prices but the former is not ruled out at all.

In the final event of the afternoon Ramazan is the best chance for the team with Zip and big price to try and grab some place money.