Today's racecards

Bath

  • 17:20 Bathwick Tyres Apprentice Handicap1m 3f 144y

  • Winner £2,072 2nd £617 3rd £308 4th £154
  • Going: Firm
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 31.56s
  • Off time: 17:20:27
17:20 Bath Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Raktiman (IRE) 6/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (4) 508635 ROYAL BLUE, YELLOW stripe, YELLOW sleeves, ROYAL BLUE armlets and star on YELLOW cap The Starboard Bow 4
Nag me
3 9-10 S Kirk Matthew Cosham (5) 68 5/23.50
2 (1) 546237 Yellow, Dark Blue stars, armlets and star on cap Raktiman (IRE) 4
Nag me
3 9-6 p Tom Dascombe Sonia Eaton (3) 64 6/42.50
3 (3) 391338 EMERALD GREEN, BLACK seams, EMERALD GREEN sleeves, BLACK spots and spots on cap Dane Cottage 4
Nag me
3 9-3 P D Evans Kevin Lundie (7) 61 7/24.50
4 (2) 6-7444 Yellow, white epaulets Affirmable 21
Nag me
3 9-2 C Hills Holly Hall (3) 60 4/15.00

Verdict

The John Hills-trained Affirmable has found three too good in each of his last three starts and, while there is every chance that he can improve on that position here with just the four runners lining up, it is hard to see him being good enough to get the better of RAKTIMAN, who gets the verdict ahead of The Starboard Bow. Sylvester Kirk's gelding disappointed over 1m2f at Newbury last time but may do better in this smaller field over further so has to be considered. Dane Cottage won a seller for Gay Kelleway at Warwick over just short of this trip last month after which he was sent to David Evans and he has claims back up in distance after three runs over 1m2f but he needs to improve to get the better of Raktiman. Tom Dascombe's colt has been highly tried in handicaps at Epsom and Chester in his last two outings but the son of Rakti has an obvious chance in this company today and he can open his account.