Good morning all,
A most enjoyable day at Worcester yesterday and I learnt quite a few things, not least to buy a Racing Post before you get to the course. They had run out an hour before racing. I was told, off the record, they had purchased the grand total of 14 RP's to service the punters with, a stunning piece of planning. Like going into a church to be told there's no hymn books!
Anyway, a few bits and pieces to point out from yesterday on the main piece, plus a pick from Epsom.
I think the first thing to point out from Worcester was the total unevenness of the ground. Worcester had clearly overwatered the track in places, with one jock describing the ground before the last in the back straight as “a swamp”. It can clearly be seen from replays how badly it was cutting up, particularly around the inside. The inside of the bends were shunned by many of the jocks too and overall winning times don't suggest it was quick.
A couple worth noting from yesterday that ran better races that perhaps was expected –
In the 5.10 That's Gonna Sting looked very well in the paddock and was nicely backed as well, so maybe a better effort was expected. He gave a bold sight on the front until tiring late on but was one that stuck to the inside all the way around, and that definitely wouldn't have helped his cause. He might be about to come good, as he's fallen a long way in the handicap, and is worth keeping an eye on.
I almost made mention of Cornish Beau in the last on yesterday's piece – he's now with Chris Down, a trainer I quite like for popping one in at a price from leftfield. It's been some while since Cornish Beau showed anything but he turned for home in front, still going quite well, yesterday and only gave way from two out. That was a lot better and maybe there's a poor race to be won with him this summer, especially when the ground is genuinely quick. He looked in need of a race in the paddock, too.
On to today and Tapis Libre goes again in his Gold Cup in the first at Epsom tonight, the Ladies Amateur Derby. This is his race, having won it three times and he looks like he's peaking again at just the right time. He just got the better of Whinging Willie in it last year yet finds himself 5lb better off with that one this year, and with the services of the in-form Joanna Mason on board (two winners on Monday) ought to be thereabouts tonight.
Today's selection – Tapis Libre 6.00 Epsom
Good luck with all your bets today,