Good morning all,
Woke up to more rain here in Nottingham, that's five days in a row. Thinking about building an Ark if we get any more.
Anyway, I'll be working at York today and have had a look at the card. There's a few I like at good prices and my thoughts are on the main piece.
Don't worry if tomorrow's video doesn't go up until mid-morning Saturday – I want to see what rain falls today before making decisions on bets, so don't panic if the Punt isn't up before 10-ish in the morning. Thanks.
2.20 – 1m2½f Handicap
Should be a bit of pace on here, with Lord Of The Rock and Addis Ababa likely to get on with it, and Sputnik Planum might not be far away from them either. The last named of the three is quite interesting as he needs a bit of cut, and despite drifting like a barge in the market at Hamilton last week, ran a stormer to finish second after being front rank most of the way. The extra furlong (and a bit) here can only help and as long as he doesn’t get involved in a pace duel up front, could go well.
Pioneering hasn’t won for a while but he ran well on his first start for Roger Fell at Haydock a week ago (heavy ground – acts on quicker) and it wouldn’t be the first horse Roger has turned around from the O’Meara yard. Very well handicapped these days, and as long as this doesn’t come too quickly, is another that would be on my shortlist.
3.30 – 7f Handicap
The first one to catch the eye here was Saluti, who has only been with Paul Midgely for three starts and although he threw in a right stinker last time out (at York, which is a concern) he’d run really well on his first two starts for the yard and looked to have been rejuvenated. Although he races mainly on better ground, his record with a bit of cut reads perfectly well and he’s drawn to attack in stall 5. If he settles a bit better in front then he should have a squeak.
I’ve got New Look in the tracker as Tim Easterby is going to get a win or two out of him this year – he rather caught the eye at Doncaster last time – but stall 17 is going to make life hard here. In a similar fashion, you should have My Amigo in your trackers as well – just wait for those cheekpieces to go back on. My guess is we’ll see them at Goodwood next month, much as we did last year…
4.40 – 6f Handicap
The claims of Excellent Times are hard to knock here. Two starts at the track have seen her in the frame both times, she acts well on the forecast ground, a strongly run 6f (which she should get here) seems to suit her and she’s going to get a lovely tow into the race behind Hells Babe, Congs and possibly Philipine Cobra. Comes into this in good form after her third at Ripon and looks the one to be with.
5.15 – 1m2f Handicap
There’s one I like here, Champagne Rules, who seems to improve, like a fine wine, with age. He goes on all grounds, stays 12f very well, comes here off the back of an easy win at Pontefract (for which he’s been put up a fair 6lb) and Phil Dennis, who has a terrific record on the horse (62261411) is a big plus in this apprentice handicap. The worry is the rise in grade, which could find him out, but it’s not enough to put me off. Drawn well in stall 3, expect to see him coming with a run in the latter stages.
Today's selection – Excellent Times 4.40 York
Good luck with all your bets today,