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Saturday, 25 April 2015
McCoy's Last Day !
Well Tony McCoy hangs up his riding boots on a fantastic career today but I'm sure this is not the end as he will no doubt excel in what ever he does next as he is a winner through and through. It's hard to put into mere words what your eyes have seen with the exceptional Tony McCoy.
I haven't been on top form the last few days searching for a few outsiders to come home but unfortunately for one reason or another it hasn't gone to plan.
Today there is a decent Class 2 sprint at Ripon at 3.25 which will probably get overlooked to a certain extent and the race revolves around the Great St Wilfrid form from last year. We know that stands up as Out Do came out this season and won off a 4lb higher mark and Pipers Note won at Beverley so I think that is the form to concentrate on. The joint 3rd's Confessional and Tatlisu, 5th Pipers Note, 6th Another Wise Kid, 7th Kimberella, 8th Clear Spring, 10th Fast Shot all run again and so does Flyman who finished last.
The latter is interesting as he won first time out last season but then his form, in top handicaps, tailed off. He has now joined the David O'Meara stable who have been in fine form over the last few weeks. Daniel Tudhope has chosen him over Algar Lad who ran a good race from a poor draw at Beverley behind Pipers Note and I presume he thinks that he has the beating of that rival on Flyman who wears a visor for the first time.
On the weights from the Great St Wilfrid I think
gets in well with the others above. He didn't have the best of draws in his following runs at the Curragh and Ayr last season but he still ran ok. He has improved since then as he won first time out this season when his coat was still a bit woolly and I would imagine you will see improvement on that run today. The idea is to run him in the next level of big handicaps that he couldn't quite get into last season but to do that you need a higher rating and to ensure he gets into the likes of The Wokingham he needs to be placed at least.
The 2.30 Leicester sees
return to the track following his easy win under Fallon last time out. He retains the ride and they have to overcome an 8lb rise which doesn't look harsh considering the ease in which he won and I would imagine Fallon will ride a similar race today. Of course its always worrying when you have a Godolphin runner against you and Tijan hasn't been kept in training to run round the gaff tracks and off 77 he would have to be given plenty of respect.
Away from the sprints I have noted the following on my alert list :
Lesha - 2.20 Haydock - 8th(poorly drawn in 16)
Mothers Finest - 2.55 Haydock -
and Volunteer Point -
4.05 Haydock -
Exacta paid £15.10
Memory Cloth and Final Countdown -
Van Huysen - 4.45 Leicester - 7th
On the sprints the two for me are Tatlisu - 3rd and Clubland - 0
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