Good morning all,
Horrible day for punting today, with big thunderstorms coming that could change the ground almost anywhere. I'll be happy to sit most of it out and maybe concentrate on Lingfield later, where I have written the first four up for the Sporting Life https://www.sportinglife.com/racing/racecards/2020-06-26/lingfield/racecard/575810/play-4-to-score-at-betway-handicap if you want to have a look at my thoughts.
Some new Eyecatchers today. Two of the three I put up a fortnight ago have run, with mixed results – Swift Approval was poor at Leicester last night but Ready Freddie Go was second at 40-1 at Beverley on his next start, and he will win a race soon. Double Up is entered up on Sunday, so keep an eye on him.
Saisons D’Or (Jedd O Keeffe)
Ran Thirsk Monday, 4th in the 1m Handicap at 2.20.
I’d written this race up for the Sporting Life and the horses that I thought might be there at the finish were 1-2-3, so to my eyes the form looks very solid and should work out well.
Not only that, the track seemed to be suiting those held up off the pace, with all the front three coming from the back, so this effort from Saisons D’Or, going from the front and finishing fourth, can be marked up a bit.
This was the latest in a trio of good efforts from him and it does appear that, at the age of 5, he is still improving a bit. There’s probably not a lot of room left in his mark but if he can find a field he can dominate from the front, he can win again. 7f/1m ideal.
Not On Your Nellie (Nigel Tinkler)
Ran Beverley Tuesday, 4th in the 5f Handicap at Beverley.
It’s almost impossible to come from last off the turn and win at Beverley, and more so if you’re locked up against the inside rail with nowhere to go, but that’s pretty much what happened to Not On Your Nellie here. Steadied back at the start, she travelled as well as anything with 2f to run but basically had nowhere to go, and ended up having to be pulled out wide to make a run. By then, the leaders had flown, and she merely stayed on for fourth.
You get the feeling a stronger ride is probably needed on her, but this was her second run after a wind operation and it does seem to have done the trick. She’s on a basement mark and if there’s any improvement to come at all, she must surely pick up a moderate race sooner rather than later. Maybe a step up to 6f is worth a try.
Hooflepuff (Brian Ellison)
Ran Newmarket Friday, 2nd in the 1m4f Handicap.
The winner here, Peace Prevails and second Hooflepuff, both look to be going the right way and the form of this looks solid enough. Peace Prevails has now won four of her last seven starts for Jim Boyle and has been thoroughly rejuvenated, so for Hooflepuff to try and give her 4lb and only be beaten ½l is a good effort. Add to that the fact that Hooflepuff was probably in front for too long here – he was clear at the furlong pole, only to get collared late, and the fact this was his first run on turf, so might still have more to offer – and you’d fancy him to be winning a similar contest very soon.
Jazzi’O (Clive Cox)
Ran Windsor Wednesday, 3rd in the 6f Novice Stakes.
Anyone who saw Jazzi’O’s third to Tanfantic here would have gone straight for the trackers to put her in, but for those of you that didn’t, you most certainly need to.
Green as grass for her debut, she was arguably drawn worst of all in the outside stall (14) and blew any chance at the start, turning to her left, being awkward and very slowly away. With her chance gone, Adam Kirby gave her an educating ride, letting her find stride before a couple of flicks with the whip between 2f and 1f out. From that point the penny really does drop and she comes home with a rattle to grab third, absolutely full of running at the finish. Very eyecatching indeed!
She’s a half-sister to a couple of 7f/1m winners so a step up in trip probably isn’t going to bother her, indeed the dam stayed 10f. An ordinary maiden looks well within her grasp on this.
My selection today – Sampers Seven 5.00 Lingfield (have a look at the race comments for the reasoning -) https://www.sportinglife.com/racing/racecards/2020-06-26/lingfield/racecard/575811/heed-your-hunch-at-betway-handicap
Good luck with all your bets today,