Poet’s Magic looks just the trick at 12s on handicap debut

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Poet’s Magic looks just the trick at 12s on handicap debut​

Poet’s Magic looks a potential improver now going down the handicap route of what looks a handy mark in the 4.30 at Windsor today and worth a punt at 12/1.​

Trained by Johnny Portman, whose horses having been running well of late to make the frame, this three-year-old had just three runs as a juvenile and shaped nicely on the second of those when fifth of 13 to Mannaal at Nottingham.​

Poet’s Magic tracked the leader and held every chance two from home until weakening to be beaten  9 3/4 lengths.​

The winner is a decent sort who went on to finish fourth in a Listed contest next time up at Newmarket and the runner-up Lady Lizzy went on to finish runner-up in her next three starts – including at Wolverhampton off an official rating of 80.​

That makes the form read well in the context of this class 6 contest and suggests that an opening mark of 65 for Poet’s Magic is exploitable.​

She looks the type to do better as a three-year-old and has clearly been brought along steadily with handicaps in mind.​

Portman has a good win/place strike rate with his runners at the venue in the last 12 months having saddled three winners and eight to make the frame from 30 runners, so Poet’s Magic looks to have more going for her than the odds suggest.​

Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Poet’s Magic (12/1 bet365, Betfair, Paddy Power – BOG)​

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