Good morning all,
I'm currently debating whether or not to go to Huntingdon, as there's a few races that might throw up some future clues, but I'm balancing that out against the fact that I've got plenty of work to do (not the the Saturday video for you good people!). 4-5 not to go, 11-10 to go. Decision made in the next hour! But I'd already looked at one or two races on the card regardless, and my thoughts are on the main piece.
1.00 – Novice Hurdle
There are some very interesting types in this but the problem I’ve got is that I can’t see a lot of pace on, and a few of these are hard pullers, so unless something that I can’t see is going to make this, then a few of these might be pulling themselves into the ground.
Which is a shame, as there’s definitely a race of this nature in Stimulating Song, who has run well in better races than this on his last two starts and shown some decent form in the process. If they can hold onto him for a bit longer than was the case at Newbury I think he could go close, but he’ll need to settle.
Namib Dancer is another of the pullers, but has done little wrong last two starts and this track should suit. The Ascot bumper that Llandinabo Lad finished second in has worked out well with the third and fourth both winning since, and I’d forgive him his short-priced defeat in awful ground at Bangor last time. If he can jump, he’s not without hope either. I think Book Of Invasions will want better ground and Allart is bound to be fancied, but he got not further than the first at Ascot, so will need to pick his feet up.
1.35 – Handicap Chase
One of these races you look at and think “well, something’s got to win it.”
I suppose Robyndzone has the cope to improve on his Taunton chase debut but his jumping left a bit to be desired, and odds of 3-1 do little for me. I have to now give up on Petronella Manners after another lifeless display at Hereford, although heavy ground wouldn;t have helped her cause. She’s a lovely looker, but also boat slow.
Stonebrigg Legend always finds something to beat him, and similar comments apply to Arthur’s Reuben. The fact those two are towards the head of the market tells you plenty about the quality of this contest. If the ground is no worse than good to soft then Running Wolf is worth a second look, but for those desperate for a quid on something, maybe Clondaw Rigger could be the one. It was a run too bad to be true at Hereford last time (made fav, pulled up) but his previous run at Chepstow was fine, and if he could repeat that he’d have a chance in an open race.
2.45 – Mares Maiden Hurdle
Again, some potentially useful ones for the future, and I’ll be interested to see how Bit On The Side gets on now she has some hurdles in front of her and steps up in trip, both of which will help her. She’s been highly tried in a couple of good bumpers at Cheltenham on her last two starts and you get the impression connections think she’s useful, so let’s see what the market says this morning regarding her chance.
The Queen’s Conjuring Trick is a half-sister to her No Trumps, who is no star but stays well and has won a couple of races this season, and she didn’t shape too badly on her Ludlow debut either. She could improve a bit. Who’s The Boss is probably the one to beat after her fifth to the useful Kissesforkatie and presumably will be ridden a bit more prominently, as stamina looked her strong suit there, but Bit On The Side at this stage is the one for me.
Today's selection – Bit On The Side 2.45 Huntingdon
Good luck with all your bets,