A quieter week for the blog this week and a losing one at that.
0/6, 1 place (that was profitable) = -3.5 points
Micro Systems (inc Jumps Handicappers) = -4 points
That takes the total in December for the whole portfolio to= +32 points
Running Total =
Micro Systems (since start August) = +90.8 points
Tips/BRP (since start Oct) = +26.5 points
Looking back at last week’s ‘tips’ it could be worth keeping an eye on all of them moving forward.
Cloudy Too came back to some kind of form and ran one if his best races for some time. While he was still well beaten by the winner maybe this was a step back in the right direction. It is possible Sue Smith can find him a heavy ground chase whereby not many others will handle it as well. We shall see, he has all the hallmarks of a cliff horse but there were signs of some life LTO.
Katenko – well he looked to be going well before slithering on landing and possibly injuring himself again. It was looking likely to be a comeback run of some promise before that mishap. As yet I do not know if he injured himself again and it would be a great shame if he has. Hopefully he can bounce back at some point and show his true ability, but he is looking increasingly fragile. Wakanda jumped well and handled these fences with aplomb and I should have gone with my instinct in the morning which was screaming that 12s was too big – but that is always easy to say after the event. Having backed him when he won the first of his three races this season I have left him the last twice. Idiot. It could be some time before he is that price again. He looks to have a bright future.
In the Ladbroke we got some kind of run for our money from Ranetti, who is a bit of a head-scratcher. He ran as if maybe needing further, outpaced at times, but then he ran in a similar way last time over a stiffer track at Cheltenham. Maybe he just doesnt put it all in early enough and will always be running on late, over whatever distance. I am not sure, but he clearly has ability and I will take a closer look as to where he lines up in coming weeks. He was the only one to make any real impression from the back, so maybe it should be marked up. Another half a furlong and he may well have won. Galizzi travelled well into this before probably tiring in the ground up the home straight. That was a risk worth taking but a firmer surface may well be the order of the day. It was exciting as they were turning for home, before the tank emptied.
That is it for this week. There is plenty for me to get stuck into on Boxing Day etc.