Good morning all,
Landed the Huntingdon Colossus yesterday, which was good, but we could have done without the favourite winning the last. Never mind. There will be more Colossuses up for Ayr and Fontwell around 12 today, I have done the Ayr card for the Sporting Life, so if you want a runner-by-runner assessment on what looks a very tricky card, feel free to have a read.
For today, a few to follow that should should be winning a race in the near future that I've seen on my travels this week.
Ran at Warwick, Wednesday, 2.10
I put Fortescue up as the selection on Wednesday, having already seen him a couple of times and he's such a huge beast of a horse that you knew he'd take time to get himself fully fit, and learn how to race.
He had run much better at Ludlow on his previous start when third to a couple of 130+rated horses, and really, I wanted to see him go on from that here and show it wasn't a flash in the pan. He may not have landed the e/w money but it was still a decent run to finish fourth, plugging away at the end after getting outpaced down the back, and only getting beaten 8l.
I don't think the quick ground played to his strengths either – a bit of cut will surely help him, as might another couple of furlongs. Whatever, I don't think he'll be hanging around over hurdles for long – when he sees fences, he should do even better.
My Story (Tom George)
Ran at Warwick, Wednesday, 2.40
Finished well beaten in the end but had an excuse in that he burst a blood vessel. That would explain why he stopped to absolutely nothing after travelling as well as anything at the rear of the field, and he made his ground up in eyecatching fashion.
He's a really good looking horse, very athletic, plenty of size about him and made for fences in time, but if they can sort his physical issues out I'd suggest there are races to be won with him.
Riddlestown (Caroline Fryer)
Yes, the old Riddler might be about to win again.
It's not a year since he was winning off a mark of 109 at Towcester (is it only 9 months since that went? Seems like longer…) and thanks to a few below-par efforts, he's now some 10lb lower and qualifies for 0-100 races. There were signs of life at Sedgefield two starts back when second to Scorpo, and although no-one's claiming that's great form, it was at least a step back in the right direction. As was this effort at Warwick, where he was front rank for much of the contest and only gave in late, quite probably as his stamina just started to ebb away.
There's a 3m 0-110 handicap at his beloved Southwell in a couple of weeks – I'd suggest that could be ideal…
Ayr takes centre stage for the next couple of days (for the jumps fans, anyway) and as I say, the card today looks mighty tricky. It's good to see a bit of money for Victoria Says in the 4.30 – she's probably all or nothing, but the Crawfords, who train in Antrim, get plenty of winners with their Ayr raiders and I thought she was interesting stepping up in trip, and after a wind operation. As far as I can tell, this is Sean Bowen's first ride for them as well, which makes her even more interesting. Worth a try at double figures in an open race.
Good luck with all your bets today,