As sporting Sundays go that was a pretty dire one, especially if you are a Liverpool fan. It wasn’t the best game in the world but quite simply we have too many mediocre players and I suspect Klopp will be wielding the axe in the summer. Rooney may not be world class anymore, but he used to be, and that touch of quality was the difference. No excuses. Not good enough. Anyway, there were some entertaining chants to lighten up the afternoon that are too rude to repeat, but they did make me smile.
Back to the horses…Well the trends bubble was burst on the coral hurdle which after my build up was probably predictable! (next year!) Still, only two points loaned back to the bookies. That will happen every now and then with that approach, and more often than not, but the winners/profit make up for it over the course of a year. I believe the race was slowly run from reports I have read (yet to watch it) and that can always make trends meaningless – my belief for big races is that they are a sound approach in part due to the fact that in these big field races there is usually a solid/fast pace,ensuring results can be trusted over time, and hence any profiles that emerge etc. Anyway, I won’t dive into Irish racing too often because my knowledge is not there, although that doesn’t stop me producing stats etc for those of you who like your Irish racing and know more than me. (I will look at the Irish National for sure – remember having £2.50 on Niche Market at 50/1 BFSP a few years back- , a smattering at Punchestown/Galway maybe)
Onto today. No tips, but a couple that caught the eye…
STATS/ANGLES OF INTEREST
(remember these are NOT tips. Just some considered info that you may wish to apply to the race when looking at it etc)
2.15 Plump – 2.45 Plump- Darkestbeforedawn – UP 14/1- an interesting runner for Mrs Keevil who is (was before season started) 3/13, 4 places with her handicap hurdlers here. This horse returned after a long absence two starts ago and ran ok, weakening a few from home. He ran 16 days later and may well have bounced although still ran ok. It is impossible to say he doesn’t handle heavy, and indeed in non-handicaps has ran well enough on it a few times, and also over inadequate trips. He stays 24f, but it is the track I find interesting. He may not really like these flat tracks and it could be the hills of plumpton show him in a new light. Maybe. He may well come to the boil now on his third start after that absence. Plenty of iffs,buts and maybes but he is a double figure price.
3.15 Plump – Ravens Brook -12/1- PU- I am not sure if I am mentioning this one in terms of considering to back him today, but rather as one to enter into your trackers if you wish. When racing for R Lee (who moves/sells a horse from the Lee’s??!) his two wins came when dropping into the basement level, C5 (2/2 C5<3.5k) He handles heavy no problem and the trip is an unknown, the two times he tried it where after a break, so the jury is still out. Maybe, a slog in the mud, is what he has been crying out for! Evidence to date may suggest he won’t stay, but, that info is there to do as you please. Clearly he is no sort of form whatsoever and is now 0/5, 0 places for this trainer. I will endeavor to highlight these potential class droppers when they run etc.
2.15 Plump – Head Spin (10/1<) UP
That is all for today.