Saturday, 24 November 2012

Dont settle for less !

Not much of a big Saturday racing wise today, some big pots with small fields on offer.

The going at Haydock is soft, heavy in places and judging by the times of the races yesterday it looks nearer the latter.

The 2.30 at Haydock sees 7 of the runners shouldered with 11-9 or more in the fixed brush hurdle and one with over a stone less to carry is Pipe's new french bred recruit Katkeau who is open to any amount of improvement. In fact he recives at least 5lb from every horse in the race which for one trained by David Pipe is a bonus particularly as he knows how to win this race having won the last two runnings with Grand Cru's and Dynaste both 5yo's like Katkeau. At 7/1 he represents good value.

Racing Post analysis and comment : Midfield, headway to track leaders 6th, 5th and 5 lengths off the pace going well when blundered 3 out, soon eased (op 8-1)
The ex-French trained Katkeau took a strong grip for a long way but looked far from beaten when crashing throughthe third-last. There was no way back from that point but he is readily given another chance, even if dropped in distance. Conor O'Farrell reported that he had twisted his knee when the gelding made a mistake at the third-last hurdle, and was unable to ride out for sixth place.
American Spin, also in the same race, put up a very good time the last time he ran here back in May, also on soft, and his trainer feels that his run at Cheltenham recently will have put him spot on for this and he looks to have been trained specifically for the race. The 16/1 with Ladbrokes has gone but you can still get 14's with some firms and he must be an ew alternative with all 16 runners still in the mix and the only downside being that he has to carry the 11-11 on this sticky going.

Other than that there's nothing much more I can find today and I wish you all good luck whatever you choose to select.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Sunday runners !

No post yesterday as I was returning from a week in Lisbon, the weather was ok at the beginning of the week but like everywhere else they are getting significant rainfall and things gradually worsened towards the end. Cant say I'm a lover of the food but the city has it's own busy style and there is plenty to see and do.

Anyway some interesting results yesterday with good performances from Far West and Our Father. I thought that Sire Collonges would take all the beating after his last run at the track and for Our Father to beat him well on his first run back was impressive.

Today there are a couple of competitive big field handicap hurdles and if you can find the winner of one of those you will have done well as it will probably be a decent price. Bothy could be worth an ew in the Racing Post Hurdle at 2.50 - (4th 12/1).

It's a day of significant non runners with Well Sharp, Sprinter Sacre and Darlan all ducking out of their intended races.

In the bumper The Liquidator has a fine chance as the form of his 2nd last year is very good indeed and he has joined a stable that knows how to win this type of race. He receives 4lb from the previous winners, which is a bonus. - (2nd 4/1)

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Call the Doctor !

After last weeks win over the jumps I'm reverting back to the Listed Wentworth Stakes at Doncaster and Doc Hay at 16/1 must be worth an ew interest. He has run some of his best races here 3rd in this last year and winning the Portland over 5 1/2 f this time around in what was a very good time when he came fast and late.
The race looks like being dominated by him, Jack Dexter, Sirius Prospect and Stoute's Ultansonic who seems best in at the weights.

Over the jumps there's not a lot that catches my eye as a betting proposition and only one I may go for is Houblon Des Obeaux 8/1 in the 2.15 at Wincanton, a race in which 3 return from extended breaks and Nicholls Poungach may have confidence problems following his fall at Chepstow. - (1st 9/1)

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Onward and upward !

I havent posted on this blog for sometime and it needs updating quite badly re all the sprint action that has taken place.

With the flat season nearly over it's time to take a look at the jumps action which is begining to hot up this weekend. I havent been following the jumps for a while but my interest has been awakened recently and I will try and do some regular posts throughout the winter months on both the jumps and all weather racing.

Today I feel that Gus Macrae in the 3.45 at Ascot looks to be worth an interest as he receives plenty of weight from most of the field, 2 stone from Michael Flips and he looks to be on the up after his win at Aintree last week and the better ground is expected to bring out further improvement. - (1st)

Ace High looks to be on everyone's list in the 3.10 at Ascot and Ile De Re looks to be thrown in in the 2.35 for McCain who sends just Ubaltique to Ayr where he has a 29% SR with his hurdlers.

Good luck !