Good morning all,
Busy time of it coming up and so I don't miss any of the weekend's tracker horses going, I'll put them all up for you today, along with reasons why they're in the tracker in the first place.
I'd love to be at Uttoxeter today, as it's Andrew Thornton's retirement day. Amirr looks to be the best chance of a winner for him, but Edward Elgar is always capable if he's got out of bed the right side. However, I'm in the South this week and it's simply too far to do the round trip in a day. Never mind, I'm sure we all wish Andrew well in retirement.
Protected Guest (Saturday, 2.20 Nottingham)
Liked him on looks at Yarmouth last year when he actually managed to finish last, but he showed that to be all wrong when second at Lingfield on his final start of last season, when he was still as green as grass. Clueless for the first half of the contest, the penny started dropping in the final couple of furlongs and he simply flew past horses in the final furlong. Hopefully he's now grown up a bit more and upped to a mile on Saturday (which on breeding, he'll want) should see more progress.
Cosmeapolitan (Saturday, 3.40 Newmarket and also the 5.25 Newmarket)
Fourth at Chester last time out, held up out the back from a mediocre draw but was doing plenty of good late work to finish a close fourth. Given the circumstances, a good effort and Newmarket will suit much better. Alan King remains in good form and he's one I'll be very interested in at the weekend.
Gaelic Flow (Saturday, Stratford 6.05)
Got a good write up from my last Stratford report as the fittest horse in the paddock, and he duly left his previous form behind when finishing third. That doesn't tell the full story, as he looked all over the winner when kicking clear but didn't quite get home. It's the same trip on Saturday, so Bryony Frost (on board again) might be waiting in front a little bit longer this time. Ought to go close as long as the ground stays quick, which seems the key to him.
Implicit (Sunday, Nottingham 1.45 and also at Brighton, Friday 2.40)
A really interesting one having finished third on debut at Windsor where he just about did everything wrong – keen pre-parade, almost bolted going to post, went off too quick in the race itself yet still managed to beat the majority of the field home. James Tate's horses almost invariably improve first run to second and wherever he turns up, I'll be having a bet. Brighton would be interesting as it's not hard to see him burning them off by halfway.
On to today and Uttoxeter, where I've had a win only bet on Troika Steppes in the 4.40. There's some dreadful looking form figures to forgive but there's plenty of plus points too – the booking of Ally Sterling, who gets on well with him (record of 312 on the horse), quick ground and he's now back on the same mark as when he kicked a very competitive field into touch at Cheltenham back in 2016. It's a question of whether he's fit after an absence, so it's only a small bet for me, but he's more than capable if he's on song.
Today's selection – Troika Steppes 4.40 Uttoxeter
Good luck with all your bets today,