Expert Eye: Four horses to back on Wednesday, August 25

Planet Sport experts mark your card for Wednesday's racing action, with four horses highlighted as potential bets.

Selections:

1.00 Catterick - Lady Raeburn

3.50 Musselburgh - Oso Rapido

4.00 Catterick - Frosted Angel

8.00 Kempton - Persuasive Powers

1.00 Catterick - Lady Raeburn

The daughter of Mehmas is better than she showed when a beaten favourite in a class 2 conditions race at Musselburgh last time out, and is worth backing to leave that effort well behind in this much weaker class 5 maiden for juveniles.

Kevin Ryan's filly was strongly supported at the Scottish track on the back of a highly promising debut effort at Hamilton in July, when only narrowly beaten by the now 92-rated Misty Ayr and well clear of the third Shamlaan (a winner since).

However, things didn't go her way on that occasion as she was forced to take a wide route, having been slow into her stride, and predictably paid the price for that extra effort, weakening close to home into fifth.

Ryan, who has been training plenty of winners of late, has booked Kevin Stott to ride her for the first time and the Danish-born jockey has been making the most of his opportunities for the yard this season, with his 29 winners coming at a healthy strike rate of 19%.

4.00 Catterick - Frosted Angel

Brian O'Rourke's filly showed enough on her debut at Ffos Las earlier this month to suggest she's up to winning a small novice, and this 7f contest for fillies looks very winnable.

A 320,000gns Dark Angel yearling with some Group-placed and winning form at up to a mile in her pedigree, she was not unfancied at the Welsh track and ran with plenty of encouragement, keeping on nicely under hands and heels after missing the break to take second spot behind an even money favourite.

The rest were well strung out behind and while the bare form is nothing to get excited about, it's as good as any of the other 12 runners can bring, and today's extra furlong should be right up her street given her pedigree.

Her Lambourn-based trainer is still looking for his first winner since taking out a license in May, but he's run just seven horses in that time and operated a pre-training business previously, with three-time Classic hero Camelot one of several smart juveniles to pass through his hands.

3.50 Musselburgh - Oso Rapido

Roger Fell's four-year-old went into tracker after finishing a close up third on his most recent outing at Doncaster and today's contest, a modest class 5 affair at the Scottish track, looks well within his compass.

Having just his second start for his current stable, and his fourth since wind surgery, he was beaten just two necks at the Yorkshire track and he was definitely the one to take out of that race, given his early position.

He was one of four who initially raced stands' side, which proved to be a disadvantage, with the other three filling the last three places and running well below their bests, whereas he kept on well for a highly respectable third.

He can race off the same mark of 70 here, which is the same as his last winning one, that coming over today's trip of 7f, and a similar effort should see him go close at a nice price.

8.00 Kempton - Persuasive Powers

Eve Johnson Houghton's three-year-old filly looks something to bet on now that she is making her handicap debut over what could prove her ideal trip of 1m4f at the Surrey venue.

A full sister to the smart Victory Bond and a half-sister to two further winners from 1m1f-1m4f, there was a lot to like about her debut performance over a mile at Newbury in June, when a respectable fifth despite running green.

Stepped up to an extended 1m1f on her next outing on the all-weather at Wolverhampton, she again ran with promise in finishing third, shaping as though an even greater test of stamina would suit.

She could only finish sixth on her most recent outing at Windsor (1m2f), having failed to settle, but that run at least qualified her for a handicap mark (67), and a personal best is expected this evening with James Doyle in the plate.

James Doyle gets the leg up on Persuasive Powers
James Doyle gets the leg up on Persuasive Powers

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