Good morning all,
Four for your trackers this morning that are all worth keeping an eye on in the next few months as I'm sure they'll be winning at some point.
Newmarket starts tomorrow and I'l be there for two of the three days. In between I'll be at York on Friday so three very busy days coming up. I'll do my best to keep on top of everything and provide some detailed selections for Newmarket at the very least.
Sir Rodneyredblood (2yo, John Jenkins)
First saw him at Windsor on the Monday before Ascot where, despite the fact it looked a decent field on paper, he didn’t look in any way outclassed in the paddock despite being a 500 chance on Betfair. A really nice looker, plenty of size about him and although still a little weak at the back, he ran a better race than he did on debut but the good news is that I saw him again at Yarmouth two weeks ago and he’d come on again.
This time he was able to lay up with the main pack until getting outpaced a furlong or so out. He still finished within shouting distance of the winner, Otago, and this was another step in the right direction.
He’s been kept to 6f so far but his pedigree screams 1m+ and now he’s got his mark, you can expect him to go up in trip. There might be a back-end nursery or two to be won with him and I'd definitely keep him onside.
Zoutoise (4yo hurdler, Tom George)
Ran at Southwell in late June and although it was a moderate Mares race she took part in (it’s possible that it might receive a boost at Worcester yesterday) she looked the best of them in the paddock, and by some way. Plenty of scope about her and she’s still growing into her frame. Travelled like the best horse here, with Ciaran Gethings having a look round turning in, but she couldn’t quite finish her race off. She’ll be a lot fitter next time out and this well-bred sort (half-sister to Whisper) looks sure to do better in the future.
She’s Blorenge (4yo hurdler, Michael Scudamore)
A horse that’s finished last of 7 and last of 14 on her last two starts is hardly one to go mad about, but on looks She’s Blorenge was definitely one of the better ones on show for Worcester’s bumper last week. Loads of scope about her, and for a four year old filly, a good size too, the problem with her is that she’s simply intractable at the moment. Two handlers to keep a lid on her here, but it wasn’t really working. I expected her to bolt to the start but in fairness she did go down okay.
Given she showed some ability when fourth on debut at Warwick last December (the one occasion she’s worn a hood), it’s worth sticking her in a tracker and just seeing if she can calm down a bit. If she can, then we’ll see what she’s actually capable of.
Candy Burg (6yo chaser, Peter Bowen)
Lovely chasing type that won twice over fences for Olly Murphy last year and looked progressive, now finds himself in the care of Peter Bowen and reappeared at Worcester a couple of weeks ago. Was fatter than me for his seasonal debut and duly finished tailed off, although stayed in touch longer than I expected and was allowed to come home in his own time once beat.
He looks the sort that Peter may well prepare for the bigger summer/autumn handicaps and with that, don’t be surprised if we see him at Market Rasen sometime this summer. He’ll win a nice one at some point this year, of that I’m sure. We just need to be on him when he does…
Sadly, yesterday's selection Amber Gambler looks gone, he went from travelling fine to nothing in the space of 200 yards and he can't be touched now. One more day of the low-grade stuff before we get some good racing though, and so it's Lingfield I go to in search of a winner. The two favourites for the staying contest at 3.10 are no great shakes and could be beatable. The two I looked at were Danglydontask, who stays all day and needs really quick ground, both of which he gets, plus he has his first start for Mike Murphy, is well handicapped and has won after a long absence before. So he has a bit going for him, and I may well have a small saver at double figures, but it's the lightly raced Essgee Nics that is the selection. He'd shown very little until his latest start when coming home with a right rattle over 14f here, finishing third, and looking very much like a step up to 2m would bring about a bit more improvement. 8-1 looks a fair price to cause a small surprise.
Good luck with all your bets today,