3:20 – Folkestone – GDS RECRUITMENT GOING NATIONAL CLAIMING STAKES (CLASS 5) (3yo+) Good To Firm 6f
Aye Aye Digby won this race last year and on a course which plenty of horses do not act so on the fact that he has won here and been placed on his two runs are a definite plus today. The 7 year old bay gelding has only run twice so far this season so he should be relatively fresh.
He made his seasonal reappearance in a Claimer at Lingfield on the all weather track on 03 May winning by 4 ½ lengths. His last run was on the turf at Goodwood 34 days ago in a Class 4 Handicap over 6 furlongs in Good ground and he ran a solid race to finish 3rd.
Aye Aye Digby has run over 6 furlongs 29 times, winning on 6 occasions and being placed on 7 other occasions. He has run on Good to Firm ground nine times and although he has not won on the surface he has been placed 3 times and he does act on it. He is ridden by George Baker this afternoon and on the 6 occasions her has ridden Aye Aye Digby he has won twice and been placed twice.
The horse was good enough to win at Class 3 in his prime and although he is no longer capable on winning at that level he is certainly competitive in this grade. He has run in Claiming races four times to date and has won on three occasions and finished 2nd on his other run in the grade. He does have top weight to contend with this afternoon but he does have recent winning form and he is proven on the undulating track at Folkestone. He also has the assistance of a very good jockey and is capable of going very close today.