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Saturday, 12 January 2013
The Morning Line
I thought this mornings programme was very good, plenty of information, lots of outside interviews with trainers and jockeys and the pinpointing of key races in the form of the big players in todays feature races.
The only downpoint, apart from the stupid "guset test", was after saying the Aintree fence changes had slipped under the radar with most of the press they then themselves only donated about 30 seconds to the story and in addition Mick Fitz dropped one of his usual verbal clangers. This was a dissapointing aspect as this is a "major" change by Aintree Racecourse in replacing the core of the fences to every jump and the Grand National, which is supposedly going to be one of the flagships of this new racing venture for Channel 4, cannot afford to be let down.
Onto the racing and there are some good quality fields this afternoon at Warwick and Kempton. I've only been to Warwick once when racing and that was with my brothers too many years ago to remember when the great Docklands Express was just begining his career and needless to say he won.
In the Lanzarote at Kempton one of the horses C4 didnt touch upon, which they should have, is
who I was impressed with when he won last time out here at Kempton. Okay he's gone up 12lb as a result but he is an improving horse who wont stop galloping and 14/1 is a sporting ew chance in a race in which there are 4 places up for grabs.
His trainer said recently "He's gone up 20lb as well for his two wins and it's going to be mighty tough, but he won nicely last time and this is the realm that he's in now, he's got to run in these races and that's where we have to go. I'd rather he's not on the radar, to be honest, he seems to run better when they don't think he's a threat."
The Morning Line seemed to stick with the big two in Henderson and Nicholls but these characters arent the beginning and the end of everything in racing and neither will they win every big race in the calendar.
In the Betfred Classic Chase at Warwick
Rigadin De Beauchene
(6/1) is ridden by his regular pilot in R T Dunne who claims 3lb and this is an improving horse for a trainer in very good form(29% strike rate this month so far) who has a real grasp on the handicap chase form and is astute at placing her horses and this one should take all the beating provided he doesnt make too many jumping errors.
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