Not Many Runners

Good morning all,

If I wasn’t virtually driving past the track on the way home, I wouldn’t be bothering going to Towcester today as the fields have cut up very badly. Fair play to Towcester for not watering the hell out of it and giving horses that require genuinely fast ground a chance but it’s a shame they haven’t been rewarded with better fields than this.

Anyway, there’s still seven winners to be found and my thoughts on the card, plus a quick round up from Fontwell yesterday, are on the main piece. Continue Reading

Fontwell Flyers

Good morning all,

Well, I surprised myself with a little trip to Lingfield yesterday, which I wasn’t planning on doing but as I managed to get everything else done by lunchtime, I went for the first five races and you can read my thoughts on the main piece.

On to Fontwell today and it doesn’t look a bad card. My thoughts on a couple of races plus today’s selection all on the main piece.

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Aintree Final Thoughts

Good morning all,

Not much happening on the racing front this week, although I’ll be at Fontwell tomorrow and then onto Towcester on Thursday before a weekend of work – Sandon point-to-point on Saturday, Southwell on Sunday and then what’s looking like a trip to one of my favourite places, Fakenham, on Bank Holiday Monday.

I thought I would put my final thoughts on Aintree down before I forget them, plus today’s selection from Exeter at the end of the piece. Continue Reading

The Weather Turns Thoughts To The Flat

Morning all,

Due to working in the garden on Sunday this week’s column is shorter than normal and I hope you will understand the reason why. Yep, like most people I have been enjoying the delightfully warm weather this weekend and I am glad I did as it’s going to be noticeably cooler this week according to the weather forecasters.

Well that’s the Grand National out of the way for another year. How was it for you? I managed to get the winner One For Arthur, albeit, he was one of five darts that I had on the great race. Just the Irish Grand National next week, the Scottish Grand National and the Bet365 Gold Cup left from what has been a really good jumps season.

In 8 days time we also have the start of Newmarket’s Craven meeting which for me is the real start of the flat season and its all go from then onwards. Maybe it’s the warm weather but I can’t wait for the flat to really kick in now.

King Arthur Takes the National Crown Back To Scotland

Anyway back to the Grand National and One for Arthur gave Scotland a win in the race. The 8 year old put up a great round of jumping all the way and any doubts about the drying ground not being totally in his favour proved unfounded as he was stayed on too resolutely for his rivals. A great training performance from trainer Lucinda Russell and partner Peter Scudamore, who never won the National during his illustrious career as a jockey A big well done to the horses jockey Derek Fox who had just come back from an injury to take the ride. His hold up style of running meant that he was always going to need a bit of luck in running through the race, which to be fair he got, but there is no doubting he was the best horse on the day and given his age has a great chance of winning another Grand National on the evidence of this performance

Tizzard Has The Power At Aintree

Whilst it was rightly One for Arthur who took the plaudits on Saturday, its worth mentioning jockey Robber Power and Trainer Colin Tizzard who combined for four winners over the three days of the Festival. Robbie Power is now the retained jockey for Alan Potts, so we are going to see a lot more of the Irishman over the Irish Sea next season when he comes over to ride the Potts horses that Colin Tizzard trains. There is no jockey riding in Britain or Ireland riding with a higher level of confidence than Power at the moment and it showed as he guided Regal Encore into a honourable 8th in the big race.

One For The Tracker:

Given the lack of flat action just the one since Doncaster last weekend it wasn’t easy to find one for the notebook. This week’s tracker horse comes from the Friday flat card at Leicester.

Mamillius trained by George Baker was having his first start since last September and his first start since a gelding operation. A winner last year at Salisbury over 7f, he was a 3 length 4th of 18 in this Class 4 7f handicap. Given the three who finished in front of him were drawn on the far side he did well to finish as close as he did from the stands side. The four year old has only had six career starts so he remains open to a bit more progress this year and with this race under his belt looks capable of getting back into the winners enclosure sooner rather than later.

Stat Corner:

Monday Selection

Windsor

4:30 – I have to confess that nothing has got me excited from a stats perspective today but to modest stakes it might pay to side with the Mr Scaff in this class 5 handicap. The three year old showed nothing on three starts as a juvenile but makes his handicap debut over two furlongs further than he raced last year. One of those selections that will either out run his odds and go close or finish last. Let’s hope it’s the former rather than the latter today.

Trainer Paul Henderson and jockey Franny Norton are 6 winners from 11 runners 55% +15.78 when teaming up together and the trainer is 1 winner from 2 runners with handicap debutants on the flat.

Mr Scaff – each way – 25/1

All that’s left now is to wish you a profitable weeks betting and Happy Easter.

Thanks
John

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