Horse Racing: Hot Rod Mamma is good value

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The brilliantly-named Hot Rod Mamma can scorch a trail to victory in the JD Pipes Handicap at Carlisle.

Dianne Sayer’s mare is having the time of her life and deserves to pick up another race of this nature.

The six-year-old daughter of Traditionally won by five lengths over this course and distance at the beginning of August before she was hurled back into the fray at Ripon 12 days later.

Despite running off an 8lb higher mark, Hot Rod Mamma made short shrift of that burden to get to within half a length of the upwardly-mobile Nemushka.

Although she shaped encouragingly, that race in North Yorkshire was over a mile and a quarter, which is almost certainly not her ideal trip. Sayer’s representative has, after all, won four races over a mile and has arguably not got anywhere near as much on her plate here as she had at Ripon.

Back at her favourite track and distance, Hot Rod Mamma should be almost guaranteed to give punters a run for their money in the hands of PJ McDonald.

Discussiontofollow looks one of the more interesting thoroughbreds vying for honours in the Betfred Mobile Sports Maiden Stakes at Catterick. Geoff Harker’s three-year-old is held in quite high regard at home, having fetched £60,000 at the sales as a yearling.

Indeed, he hardly looked a forlorn hope on his debut at Redcar a few weeks ago when he overcame a sluggish start and showed up well for a long way.

The petrol tank began to flicker inside the last of seven furlongs, though, so it is perhaps understandable that the wise Harker has dropped him back to six here. This looks a tougher race than at Redcar, but Discussiontofollow now has that all important first run to his name.

Master Of Song deserves another chance to restore his tarnished reputation in the Ladbrokes Follow Us On Twitter Handicap at Southwell.