I backed Gates Pass 7:45 at Wolverhampton yesterday each way, he was 5/1 at the time, he did drift to 10/1 at one stage in the morning, backed last night, ending up at 7/2. Well if anybody saw the race, he was given a ‘very strange’ ride by Nicola Currie, taken back when leaving the stalls, she restrained her horse at the back of the field, I knew after 2 furlongs he had no chance of winning, ( Enable would of made hard work of winning from where she had him) he was too far back, and behind a couple of no hopers. The winner and second were more or less first and second throughout the race,and being ridden to win, suddenly,about 3f out Nicola decided she had to make a bit of ground, the horse was steered out, came very wide, and ran on he did really well to be 3rd. Only Nicola knows why she rode the horse like that, it was surprising to me, as she very does not make many mistakes- normally, but this ride was a major one !
Anyway today is another day. Hopefully I can find a winner somewhere. I have read that Jason Watson is going to be stable jockey to Roger Charlton next season. Good news for Jason, are talented rider who is very confident in his own ability, and looks dedicated. Roger Charlton must feel let down by Kieren Shoemark , who is facing a ban for testing positive for cocaine, to be honest I have not got a lot of sympathy for Shoemark, some jockeys who ride as well as him, are totally ‘clean’ and just never get the chance he has had, he will be regretting his senseless behaviour now !
I will do an update later if I can find something worth an interest for my followers.
Looking at the Plumpton card, where the ground is soft. In the 2:00, The Tin Miner was a course winner recently, he has ran at the track on his last three runs, so knows it well, stays well, acts on the soft and his jockey won on him last time. A lot of positives, he may not get a soft lead like last time, as Little Windmill likes to make the running, and has won at the tight Sussex track before, but I think The Tin Miner can defy his 9lb rise in the weights and win again.
Pleased to get a WINNER for my subscribers yesterday. Umbrigado 1:10 Southwell was a comfortable winner, he returned at Evens favourite, i actually advised backing him when he was 10/11, as l thought he was value then, surprised he drifted out slightly, but on best odds guaranteed, happy with the evens.
I did gave followers a selection at Carlisle, Luckofthedraw, whom I backed EW at 5/1, was a good second, he was not beaten far.
Todays meetings have a few runners I’m quite keen on. Hopefully I can find a winner. I will do an update later with a possible horse worth a look.
Two jump meetings in U.K. today. I just watched the 12:20 Carlisle, where the 2/5 favourite scrambled home. Earlofthecotswolds whom I advised to back last time, did pretty much the same again today, jumping very high and not fluent. He was fortunate that the stiff Carlisle finish helped, as he was 3 lengths down at the last, he has a good engine though, if he gets his jumping sorted out, he will be useful.
I thought Luckofthedraw had solid EW claims when I saw him at 5/1 last night, he runs in the 1:55 Carlisle, he has been backed, I did have a small interest EW , so hopefully he can run a good race, he has won at the track, he ran no sort of race last time at Aintree, this is a bit easier today, but he has to put his poor effort behind him to win this.
I was dissapointed with Rather Be yesterday, he never really got into the race, which was won by Frodon, who was well ridden by Bryony Frost. One jockey who has not really had the luck this new jump season is James Bowen. He is only young, had a fantastic year last year, and although he rides still for Nicky Henderson, he is only about 3rd or 4th choice, I think he is better than all the jockeys ahead of him, but I guess you have to be a bit loyal to jockeys who have been with you for a number of years, I respect Nicky Henderson for that,not too many trainers adopt the same policy. I think James Bowen needs a couple of Saturday wins, and he may get some big race rides.
If Tiger Eye is any good, winning the 8:15 at Wolverhampton will not be the most difficult. It is an average race. I think Juanito Chico has a decent chance 7:45, I have backed him EW, he did drift to 9/2 earlier, so I had a bet.
Hopefully some followers managed to back Tamerlane last night, I didn’t get the message on until around 6 minutes before the off, and this improving horse was a good winner, returned at 11/8.
Today I think Higher Power has a good chance in the 12:55’Newcastle, I actually backed him EW at 5/1 this morning, sorry he has come into around 7/2 now. I do think this course and distance winner can be competitive, he was a strong closer when second last time, Watersmeet who beat him that day, is a rival today, my selection is 3lb better off today, and should improve from his recent run.
At Cheltenham , where caution is advised, because it has had some rain I thought Rather Be had solid claims 1:55, it a competitive Chase, my only concern is I’m not the biggest fan of his jockey, but the horse has loads of talent.
Saturday is always the hardest day, I am always playing with small stakes, as the races are so competitive, today is no different.
I may update later, as a couple of horses running later that have good claims, I am just going to keep a close eye on the weather.
Waiting until the last race at Kempton this evening. I think Tamerlane can win the last race, currently around 2/1, apologies for a late post. I will try and give followers a horse tomorrow that has a decent chance , hopefully it will be an ok price !
At Taunton yesterday, I fancied Birds Of Prey in the second race, he ran well to be second after an early error and being given a bit much too do by his rider, only beaten a neck at the line, he is one to follow. Sometimes you hear horses have schooled well at home , and they go to the races and jump a bit ‘Novicy ‘, it is the race day buzz that can be the cause, and horses can fluff their lines !
I did manage to get some cash back last night, I backed Divine Image 6/5 at Chelmsford, she won easily by 6 lengths.
Today has some decent racing, I will do an update later, hopefully I can find something with a good chance. Cheltenham card looks pretty tough !
Today’s meetings have a few nice horses lining up. At Chelmsford this evening, Divine Image 5:45 is highly regarded, she has been heavily backed into 8/11, and is expected to win this fillies event. At Taunton the fields are quite large, with decent ground to race on. Southfield Stone looked very useful when winning over course and distance last time, he should defy a penalty and win again 12:35.
Newcastle has soft ground forecast. I am tempted to back Highland Hunter 1:15, he won well last time, likes the soft, and should have no issues with the step up in trip. At Warwick the meeting gets started at 12:15, Wax And Wane was useful on the level, he may have found a weak maiden hurdle, and could well get back a small amount of the £55,000 connections spent on him recently, on his first run for his new yard.
Nice to get a WINNER yesterday for my subscribers. Antunes (advised 11/10) was a very easy winner at Uttoxeter 1:00pm, he came to the last still on the bridle, and when given a squeeze by his jockey, he shot 5 lengths clear, it was a moderate race, so I hope he does not get crucified by the handicapper!
Todays meeting at Kempton has a few races left. Looking at the runners, More Than More would have a decent chance of getting off the mark 5:45. At the post for the 5:15, Khuzaam is short priced fav, he should have a good chance of a win, if he can overcome a poor draw.