Pace Wins The Race: Selection 10/12/14


Wreningham ran a cracker to come second at 16/1. He was tipped up by the esteemed Hugh Taylor, who had clearly read this blog :), which forced his price into 10/1,before drifting again to 16s. I know some of you backed him each way where as I went the brave/stupid man’s route! I cant complain with the result and we bumped into a well handicapped ‘veteran’ who came back into form at a venue he had done well at before – albeit 3 years ago. I got the pace spot on and the horse clearly retains some ability at this level. I am sure his trainer will find him a race or two in the coming months at Southwell and I plan to be on if conditions/pace suit.

Having just checked the ‘Pace’ record so far we have had 18 selections, 9 of which have won or placed. This includes 2 16/1 shots coming second. If I can keep up a 50% win and place strike rate I will be more than happy. Anyway, another loser which takes this mini losing run to 7. Given the odds I like to play at we will hit losing runs, and sometimes they may be uncomfortable. This is a timely reminder that this ‘pace’ blog is new and is an experiment for myself as much as anything. I try and provide enough reasoning for you to make your own minds up and so far so good. How you back them, and with how much, is up to you!

So, onto tomorrow..

I have a shortlist, and a very strong shortlist at that, of 4 horses. I will go into some detail on the 3 I have left alone but for now to the selection..

3.10 Leicester 

Brownville 1 point win (only B365/William Hill have shows, hopefully all can get 4/1. 7/2 at worst)

I have a horrible feeling I am going to end up picking the wrong horse from the shortlist but this is the one I have most confidence in, hence why he is the selection. He is also the one who has the best odds compared to his chance in my opinion. This is the 3rd hurdle run, and the first in a handicap, for this young 5yo who must have any amount of improvement in him. I think team Twister have found a decent opening in which to get his first hurdle win.

What I like is this – he is the only out and out front runner in the field. He demolished a field in a point2point and has won a bumper at Ludlow. Everything he has done on paper so far suggests that in time 3 miles will be no problem. Now I have never been to Leicester races but I believe from what I have seen on television and what I have read, that it is a steep, tough climb up a hill to the finish line. If Sam can get an easy lead, which i think he will, and build up the gallop turning in, he could run his rivals into the ground. He is the best jockey in this line up (subjective opinion) and has a solid record when teaming up with his Dad at the course. They have a solid 20% win strike rate in handicaps at Leicester and a 48% win and place strike rate. In handicap hurdles they are 1 from 4, with 2 others placing.

So, his unexposed nature, the easy lead, the fact he could be well handicapped and  that he will keep on galloping all the way up the hill make him a selection, along with the fact 4/1 underestimates his chance. The form of his connections both in the last few weeks (NTD is ticking over, a winner at Uttox today) and at the course also catch the eye.

The Opposition 

Orangeday ran very poorly last time on seasonal reappearance and I want to see more this season before backing. The trainer is 1/17 at the course. Dawn Twister returns after more than 300 days off the track which is enough for me to overlook.Conditions are fine however and if fit is entitled to go close. Valid Reason isnt in any kind of form and again needs to show more before I get involved. The trainer isnt known for his NH runners and is only 1/25 at the course. Not for me today.

That leaved 3 horses who could all be given some chance or another. Regulation is flat bred and open to improvement. However being Flat bred he needs to prove prove he stays this distance over jumps which will be a new experience for him. Maybe he will, but I am always happy to take these types on. The selection has better NH form, is NH bred and I know he will stay up this hill. I would be guessing with Regulation. I dont like guessing at 6/1.

Cafe Au Lait showed nothing before winning last time in what I can only consider was a weak race. It was also a close finish between 3 horses. He is only 4 and open to improvement but again i would like to think the selection is better than him. In his favour is the fact that win was at Towcester, so the stiff finish will not be a problem.

To the fav. Based on her last win Theregoesthetruth deserves to be favourite but one I dont mind taking on. Yes she won impressively by 9 lengths over course and distance. However on paper that looks to be a weak mares only race and she finds herself taking on the boys here. She is also up 7lbs and although I dont pay much attention to such things, she will need to improve again. I remember watching this race (Dewala is in tracker as she front ran for a long way but faded late returning from a long break) and she was held up, benefiting from lesser/unfit rivals folding up in front. Given we know we have a front runner who will stay, being held up and hoping to catch the horses in front could be a dangerous game. It was only 6 days ago as well and that effort may have taken something out of her. Now, she may well go on to win but at the prices I am happy to take her on with our selection who is twice the price.




Dr Red Eye was poor – i thought he would go off a bit quicker but just wasnt good enough. Struggling to read Pace on All-Weather, esp Lingfield – and probably need to find some stats about front runner there before diving in again. 

2.00 Ling – Dr Red Eye I have backed this horse for 1 point at 3/1. He is the only out and out front runner in the race and this is all about pace. He is also in a fair form, battling well last time before fading late at Kempton. If David Probert gets his fractions right he could lead these a merry dance. There are excuses for his 4 previous visits to the track and he was ahead of the favourite last time out – i must have missed something but I cant work out why that Appleby  runner is shorter in the market. I dont get it. Anyway, i think this is a decent opportunity for him and it was close whether he was the selection. However I just fancied the Twister horse.

2.40 Leic Vertuex  – I dont think he stayed last time, and anway he is 0/3 chasing and has never jumped that well. He should lead and will like the better ground on the chase course but it is his jumping that concerns me. However, if he is bigger than 5/1, i may have a nibble in what looks a weak race.



In this short space of time we have learnt to LAY what I think is a short price certainty!! I would make same bet again, thought 7/4 was big on paper, beating winner by more than 30 lengths last time, that was his seasonal reappearance but trainer hadnt had a winner in 9 months (knew he was on cold run, but didnt realise that long , now had 2 today)

Will stick to my bigger priced horses and finding winners of the Hennessy and Becher chase which are much easier! But as I said, i thought 7/4 was value but he just got weighed down and couldnt get away, maybe last 2 wins taking their toll, with actual weight rise on back. Maybe last win took more out of him than it appeared.  

2.20 Hexam – Uno Valoroso 6/5 – Now i know I have been bullish about horses before – Alright Benny in the past, and Grand Vision today (he was poor, bloody Novice races, not for me!) but i am very bullish about this ones chance. I think he will make this look a massive price. (neck on line again). I say this because he beat 3 of these rivals when winning last time out over course and distance. There is no reason, no reason whatsoever, why they should finish ahead of him this time. 2 of those rivals didn’t get withing 30 lengths. He will front run and I expect him to win. The one doubt is maybe the actual weight on his back. I think he should be able to carry 11-9 but will watch a video just to check he isnt a small horse who could struggle. That is the only attention I pay to weight really. Whether the horse can physically carry it. Note, ‘weight’ is different from ‘rating’. The other two rivals are trained by Lucinda Russell who is 1/30 in the last 14 days, 3/52 in last 30 days – her string are out of form and i am happy to take them on. I think anything above evens is value, and will be having 1 or 2 points on from my own bank. Que a tailed of horse like Alright Benny, which i didnt see coming!


Good Luck

Running Total: 4/18 = +13 points



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  1. I have also looked at Dr red eye as he should get an easy lead but I ended up going for the only course winner in the field corporal Maddox, with a saver on the forecast.

    1. Good luck with CP, yes I would have liked a better course record, but his previous attempts were in C2/3 races and one was when returning after a lengthy break, he is now the fav and prob the right price. Just whether the jockey gets pace right in my opinion, could get 3 lengths on these at the start, then just whether he can hold on!

    1. haha yes Tommo bless him, thankfully not too often but i dont mind him so much, gives us something to talk and complain about. But yes, there are better commentators! Nice to get back in winners enclosure.

    1. yep lovely ride, benefit of decent front running ride – dictated own pace which meant he could save plenty for a finish. Was closer than thought it would be at one stage though, but winner is a winner! I got 4s last night, think 7/2 general. What price did you get?

  2. Touching on your reading pace comment… certain tracks must be suited better to the pace angle, if we take for instance a track with an up hill run in, you may favour stamina over pace.I think Matt at G.G is looking into this whole fascinating subject and may well let us all know next year what he thinks on it all.Of course you have to take the jockeys ability to read pace into consideration to.The jok needs to now how a when to use it or conserve it. One you have previously mentioned J.Reveley got one just right again today. I think the size of the field is also a biggie when looking at pace.

    1. Yes I have spoken to Matt and he is going to look at his pace data and find out which tracks/jockeys are best for pace. All depends how you view Pace etc, i am reading some interesting books, both english and american which are opening my eyes to a few things. It is about position – Sam was on a stayer there, a horse that needs further and probably lacks change of gears at this trip – track position was key – he didnt quicken, he just galloped up the stiff hill and out galloped/stayed runner up. (as well as having few lbs in hand) He wouldnt have won that on a flatter track i dont think. Reveley one of best judges of pace over jumps I think, very very good. Size of field is important – but only to extent of other pace setters – (forget all weather for now) if you have a field of 16 but only 1 front runner and 15 hold up horses, if leader can set pace and have form, can stay there. Also, and when flat turf starts again we will see, but speed against a rail is a good way in/profitable- if you have right horse. Distance of race has part to play as well i think, on flat that is

  3. Thanks Josh great winner that and stops the tiny rot. Sam gave it a super ride and made the 7/2 an absolute steal of a price last night thank you Sir.

  4. Hi Josh i got 4/1 to. It was a close one but i was confident on the run in that young Sam would make Nige proud!!. Maybe its twister season!!

  5. Gold Flash wins as well. A 2pt win bet for me as the booking of S.S peaked my interest. Lets hope thats the start of a run for O.T.T

    1. Yes I was cheering that one rather loudly! We are due a batch of winners, they do tend to come in clumps, hopefully the start of a run! Yes those two have a great record at kempton, let’s hope Beckett sends a few more out soon given form he is in!

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