The break that refreshes can often revive the fortunes of a horse and punters are expecting an improved showing from INTIFADAH (3.10, Fontwell) this afternoon. He wasn’t showing much for new trainer Tom Symonds towards the back end of last year but he’s dropped down the weights as a result and, on the back of a 149-day absence, a 20-1 into 9-1 move suggests an improved showing is on the cards this afternoon.
The withdrawal of Land League has caused a wholesale shortening of prices in Fontwell’s 2m5f handicap hurdle but that shouldn’t disguise the support for KING COOL (4.10, Fontwell) who is now as short a 3-1 having been an 8-1 chance this morning. Gary Moore’s horses are always popular at his local tracks and although this 6yo has been out of sorts of late, he is a course winner and the return to better ground ought to suit.
MUTICULTURAL (6.45, Newcastle) is a solid favourite (11-4 into 15-8) and an entry in the Irish Oaks suggests connections think this filly could be very good. A promising fourth at Newmarket on debut, she will appreciate today’s extra yardage and her stable have an excellent 43% strike-rate at this course in 2017.
Half an hour later on the Newcastle card, ESPRESSO FREDDO (7.15, Newcastle) has been supported (8-1 into 4-1) to return to winning ways for his new connections. A winner on his last two starts for Sir Mark Prescott, he was unable to complete the hat-trick on his debut for Robert Stephens but that was a warm contest won by a horse of major potential, and this looks a fair bit easier.