4.10 Huntingdon –
Spending Time 7/2 – (general) 1 point win UP 4/1
UPDATE- well the narrowing down went well, picking the right one didnt. Racing is there to make you look foolish and I didnt expected PF to win like that, nor ST to run that badly. He just looked like a boat with no change of gears or threw in the towel, I am not sure. It was so poor you can’t blame the jockey change. PF was 4s early. Maybe they have done something in those 49 days I am not sure- he has at least conclusively proved his stamina. Onwards!
Pipe/Scu are 3/9, 5 places in handicap hurdles here and of the two (other in the shortlist to follow) at the prices and what they have done to date this one just shades it. This horse won well last time out to my eye and was value for a bit more. I can see why they have put cheekpieces on as he looked to idle a bit. He is still unexposed and even more so at this kind of distance. He stays and is open to any amount of improvement. He looks a bit of a grinder and as such this track will suit more than last time out as he has a very long home straight to get going- I think he has a good chance of out staying this lot and 7/2 was fair enough. He is fit,stays,going the right way. We should get a run for our money. I don’t pay much attention to weight/ratings rise when I think a horse is still open to improvement. Another 9lb rise after today say and then I may be more weary, for now, I don’t care.
Presence Felt is a danger but I dont like how long he has had off, he still has his stamina to prove for me, and his last win was in C5, before getting stuffed LTO. Admittedly the rest were well beaten behind and the winner has won a couple more times. If it comes to a battle up the straight I fancy the selection to come out on top and grind him into submission. I could have that wrong and if this one wins under Johnson I wont be bemused. Jonjo has a 25% SR with hncp hurdlers here. He also has his class to prove and I think the selection is open to more improvement. Nothing else really grabs the eye. The Lavelle horse was behind the selection at Stratford and is now 0/11, 1 place in career. He could come on for the run but the selection is also open to improvement. Amber Flush is in form but steps up in class here and has a few questions to answer but does stay and could go well. The rest have a few too many things to prove and I dont like their profiles and/or recent form is off putting.
2.10 Hunt – Pipe and Scu team up again here with Impulsive American. Pipe is also 1/5, 4 places with handicap hurdle debutants here as well. 11/4 is on the tight side/just about ok, but he does look interesting.
8.10 Wolvs – Here’s Two – 14/1 general (was 16s) Baker and Hodges are 5/19, 9 places when teaming up in handicaps here. That caught the eye as it is not a partnership you think of and the trainer looks to book him for a reason I suspect. They usually go ok. This horse is 2 and the trainer doesnt run many such horses, or have many handicap debutants. Indeed in the last 5 years he is only 1/13 – but 1/3 at Wolvs. He has shown ability in maides, dops in trip here and class and returns to the AW. All in I couldnt let that price go by without some interest.
Fahey 2yo (16/1 or under)
4.50 Leic – Lady Turpin
NTD (16/1 or under)
3.10 Hunt – Ballyarthur
3.50 Leic – Dungannon (16/1 or under)
You may have noticed a few winners today from our trainers that did not qualifier. Balding had a 9/4 winner at Salisbury to show he is not completely out of form – although the two at Windsor were poor. From a small sample his record was 0/9 so his runners there are worth a second glance. Channon had a 4yo winner – his previous form in 3yo+ races was 3/44 or so during October – (mainly 3yos) but with actual 4 year olds he is now 3/16 after today I believe. He rarely has many older runners.
Signing off, 09.29.