3.10 Epsom, Tuesday, August 29

The Terry Mills & John Akehurst Handicap (3.10) at Epsom on Tuesday is a competitive little heat for the grade, befitting the local trainers it commemorates. However, it may present an opportunity for Scofflaw, trained 250 miles away in Musley Bank, North Yorkshire by Richard Fahey, to regain the winning thread.

The Foxwedge gelding has yet to win in this grade, but his most recent fourth, beaten a length and two necks, in a similar contest at Leicester earlier this month makes decent enough reading in the context of this race. In fact, he’s been dropped 1lb in the weights since that effort so, while still 5lb higher than when winning at Thirsk in May, he’s just 1lb higher than when narrowly beaten in a 0-80 contest at Haydock in July. In receipt of weight all ‘round – including a 3lb weight-for-age allowance from all bar fellow three-year-old Poet’s Society – with Adam McNamara able to claim all of his 3lb allowance, he appears to have been found a decent opportunity by his shrewd trainer.

Scofflaw has previously won at Chester and Thirsk, so his form on sharp tracks augurs well for his first attempt on the fastest sprint course in the world.

Selection: Epsom 3.10 Scofflaw to win

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