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Friday 24 April 2015

That Friday Feeling !

You haven't missed the boat on the best prices for Signore Piccolo in Doncaster's 4.00 as he's now back out to 5/2 if you want to follow the O'Meara run of stable form.
However there are a few others to consider and there's one horse at the other end of the betting that is in the best form of his life at present and he's already won 17 times during his career and that is James Given's Royal Bajan.
He is better known for his AW exploits but he has won 5 times on turf. His latest win, on the AW last time out, was off his highest ever official rating of 89 and in doing so he recorded his best ever Racing Post Rating of 99 and a top speed figure of 80. In that race he beat the useful Mappin Time and his comments in running read "Broke very fast, made all, ridden and 3 lengths clear over 1f out, kept on, ridden out".
James Given is keen to exploit his lower turf handicap mark of 76 and said the following recently:
He has won 17 races yet has been second just four times, which speaks volumes for him when he is coming down the stretch with a chance there aren't many who can beat him. He has gone up to 95 on the all-weather, but he is 18lb lower on turf even though he has run well on it in the past, winning five times. We will definitely be looking to take advantage of that over the summer.
Four of his five wins on turf have contained the word "firm" in the going description and at Doncaster today the going is Good to Firm with the going stick reading being 9.3 at 6.15am. As for the weather no rain is forecast with sun all day so it should be even faster conditions by 4.00pm.
His last turf win came off an 11lb lower rating but the time before that he won off just 2lb lower at OR74.
I'm not saying he is going to win but he must be value against what could be a short priced favourite in Signore Piccolo.

Royal Bajan ew - 18/1 Bet365 and Bet Victor

14.23 Royal Bajan is taking a walk in the market and is out to 22/1.