Plenty going on today including Tips in the 4.10 Listowel, Sprint Tip in 4.40 Beverley, a shortlist of interest, some notes from Kelso and a few other bits and pieces. Probably too much but it is what it is. Very soon there won’t be any sprint handicaps etc.
Killer Crow – 1 point EW – 9/1 (PP/Lad) 17/2 (bet365) 8/1 (gen) (all 4 places bar SkyB, 5 places) FELL
Shesaportrait – 1 point EW – UP/PU 28/1 (PP, BetfS,Betway) 25/1 (general- worth SkyB 5 places maybe if you can,declared 4 places for blog)
*That can only be described as the worst chase I have watched I think. Shesaportrait was meant to be up there but planted herself and that was that. Game over. Killer Crow either ran into trouble or fell. I couldn’t have the winner personally so need to look at that. The second was on the stats profile of three – just back them all maybe. I have said that before. He was 33s, 40/1 this morning. Slightly put off by his poor record LH in general and worried about stamina. Thankfully he emptied a bit otherwise misery would have been too much. That was truly awful.
Having looked at the trends as below I have ignored them when analysing this and have approached it like I would do with a normal 3m handicap chase. Having gone through it in that way my pins still came down on these two, who happen to also be prominent in the trends/stats shortlist. Hopefully that is a good sign…
Killer Crow… I can’t quite remember if I tipped this one in the Irish National or not but something is telling me that I may have done. Hopefully some compensation awaits here. Arguably he has been a bit underwhelming over fences but then again he has been highly tried in competitive big field chases. That is some indication as to what connections think of him. He would have had a hard race at Fairyhouse and he looks to really like a swamp. 2/3,3 places all runs on Heavy to date. That hard race/lively going/not a test of stamina…may be the reasons for those lackluster runs that followed. Albeit he ran ‘ok’ at Galway. The rest pattern and run over hurdles LTO suggests that this may have been the plan post Fairyhouse. He had a 90 day break before that Galway run, and a decent run over hurdles LTO to further sharpen him up. At least that showed some return to form. Now, he is yet to prove he stays 3m, his wins at slightly shorter. But the fact he ran at Fairyhouse indicates they think he is a stayer and he has a couple of OK runs over extreme distances which add to confidence. Without those two runs I would be a bit more concerned. 24f on Heavy may be ideal for him. 9/1 seems fair I think and I hope he is thereabouts. His liking for Heavy should ensure he is up there in the mix I think.
Shesaportrait… well a bit more of a stab but having pondered I couldn’t let her go off at this price, EW. A few things… her novice chase form was ok and as with a lot of horses in Ireland in such races had to make do with chasing home some Mullins hotpots. She was second to Vroum Vroum Mag in one of those races. She raced in this race last year where she plugged on for 5th. Take a look at those horses that finished ahead of her. IF only we/I had followed that form into 2016 – we would have had the winner of both The Grand National, and the Irish Grand National. She had four decent stayers ahead of her there who liked the mud and clearly had more class. I am unsure whether there are as many/any such types in the race this year. If she completes, based on that run in this last year, I would hope she could grab a place in the top 4 at worse. She races prominently which helps around here and the heavy seems fine. There is a stamina question but she has yet to prove she doesn’t stay it at least. And, she is still lightly races for her age. Now, this also looks like the plan but not necessarily deliberately. Her run LTO was her first since that Listowel run and I assume something went amiss in the meantime. But, she returned over novice hurdles LTO and that must have been a ‘potter around, blow away the cobwebs’ jobby. You would expect she will come on for it and from some point in the last year this will have been decided as the plan. She could not be ‘hard fit’ which may be necessary here, on the flip side she could be fresh enough with loads of energy having not had many races. ALL of my niggles and doubts, including whether she has the class, are built into the price and worth a punt for me.
Of the rest…well I have a notepad full of why anything else can’t win. I won’t go through them all but if neither of the two above win will say why I didn’t fancy them. Many in here have serious ground questions for me- a lot have proved they don’t really handle it. Some of them may get away with it because they are classy but I am not sure. Many also have stamina doubts and/or questions. A few look like 2m/2m4f horses, and haven’t even run well over 2m5f+ which the two above have done. The likes of Lord Scoundrel have a ground Q (0/5,1p heavy) and he is 0/8,4p LH, has also gone up 10lb effectively but is clearly in form. Big weights may struggle in this ground also and they usually don’t hang about in this race either. First Lieutenant is getting on a bit and there wasn’t enough to tempt me. But anything trained by Mouse is worthy of a second glance. (that is permanently lodged in my mind now!) Gas Line Boy is interesting for Williams but I don’t like the break and I am unsure whether Heavy is ideal. He won’t get an easy lead either and there are a few too many URs and PUs in his profile for me. He could go well though. Folsom Blue is up there in the market but has a long break to overcome which historically isn’t a good thing in this. He has had some tough races also, is 0/13,3 p OR 131+, 0/5, 1p going Left Handed. Happy to overlook at 6s. Phils Magic was interesting just because he is in the could be anything category. But, he has yet to win a chase and while his mark could be hidden, this is a tough race for a 6yo without chase wins to their name. All the rest have plenty of questions for me also. A single figure price on Ballycasey seems short given his big weight, questions over his stamina in a test like this and Mullins poor record in the race. He is one though where class may take him into it.
Anyway, I could go on. I am more than happy with these selections and expect them both to give up good runs for our money. 1st and 2nd will do 🙂
Pace…There could be enough on here with a few leaders/plenty of pace pushers. These two will hopefully be in the front third. I fear Elliot’s may be further back which isn’t good around here. But then again, on heavy, if they go quick then being more patient may be what is required. But, you need luck in terms of what happens in front of you.
That will do. Good luck. We will need it.
Now to see what stands out on those…
Well if we look at:-
- Top 8 LTO
- Ran 1-60 days ago
- Carried 11-3 or less
- 1+ run at the track previously
- 1-6 career wins
I think that leaves a shortlist of: Killer Crow / Shesaportrait / Rightville Boy / Kings Warf (reserve) / As De Pique (reserve)
STATS/ANGLES OF INTEREST
Well there is plenty going on already and I am minded to not add to the number of horses on these pages. BUT, I have started keeping an eye on those horses on Geegeez racecards that have a massive speed figure compared to the next best, or a bit one at any rate. Another ‘way in’ i suppose that looks at the horses form first, before looking at any other back-up stats. So, maybe just keep a watching brief in these but they are there for you to use as you please as always…
- 2.50 Yarmouth – Princess Momoka– 9/4 (UP 4/1…market told story on that one)- a monster figure in here which indicates that 9/4 could be massive come the winning post if she wins like an evens shot or something. Trainer is in form, he has decent handicap debut stats and with those returning 60+ days off. Solid track form also. 2/10,5 places here in last year. May be a bit short for me personally but interested to see if this speed figure (92, next best 66) is a true reflection of ability and there will be more to come at some point. Winners have come from her maidens also.
- 4.05 Bev – Jaarih – 4/1… (UP, upset pre race,drifted 7s,walked home) again a big speed fig is way in here (92, 80 next best). He has been running well lately and should get a good toe into this race. Trainer has a very good record with those returning within 7 days (21/88,33p, some good profits too) and is 6/20,9 places with jockey in all flat races. Interesting. NOTE…Pensax Lad just beat him LTO and he runs in the 2.05 Sandown…he has a horrible draw though but will watch his race with interest.
- 4.25 Sand- Nicarra – 4/1, 7/2… (UP, 3rd) Speed rating of 85, plays next best 73. She won LTO and trainer is 12/58, 22 places with such types. He is 10/53, 24 p at track all runners, 5/17, 8 places in C4 handicaps at the course also. Figures suggest her LTO win is the best in this field and she should be up there, leading or tracking the pace. It should be soundly run. Does look open if you just looked at all the runners form though, many including this one open to further improvement.
- 5.00 Sand – Bed Rock… (2nd) well Nick has given this one a good write up below…5/1…Speed rating 80 plays next best 68. Trainer is in red hot form, does well at track,form of last race working out- pace looks interesting. Could well dictate or in any case be in the right place, close to the pace. There is a stamina Q but he is developing no doubt and should be getting stronger with each passing month. Another interesting one.
Pam Sly: 4.25 Sand – Ghinia (any odds) UP
Varian fillies/mares: 3.25 Yarm – Nezwaah (25/1<) 2nd 7/1
TTP: MAIN TRAINER BETS
3.30 Bev: Welford (any odds) UP
I was planning to record a couple of videos on all things Kelso but it appears that my recording equipment has broken so I will have to save that for another day. However…
These notes throw up the following horses. You can use these as you please, cross referencing with the stats. Some you may use as a starting point before looking at the race/horse in more depth. You may think some of the stats are solid and will just back them on that basis. Some of the stats looks stronger than others. I have yet to go through the horses in any depth but the stats, bases on recent trainer records, throw up…
(they have had 5mm of rain overnight and it is overcast at the moment. It may be worth waiting until later in the day to ensure a bit more certainty as to the going. A few of those below usually like a sound surface, which it may still be on the whole. Officially now good, good to soft in places)
4.50 – Up And Go 2nd 9/1>11/4 (35pr4) (McCain overall hncp stats + handicap chasers strong, +1-2 runs this season)
- Danceintothelight (2nd) (McCain, overall stats. Better with hncp chasers but has hurdle winners)
- Touch of Steel (UP,all form on good/firm) (trainer hncp hurdles, trainer/jockey combo, age) (Ewart in my Sept/Oct notes as a trainer who does well with handicappers this time of year,or has done)
- Fire Rock UP 12/1>20/1(trainer hncp hurdle debut, 0 runs 90 days)
- Theatre Act – UP 8s (Grant, all handicaps stats, better in chases but has hurdle winners)
6.00 – Gurkha Brave UP (good/soft,albeit ground fine for horse) (trainer on Good ground here- yet to check weather forecast)
-Mardale (trainer overall hncp stats) UP 5/2
-Lyric Street (trainer overall stats, as above better with chasers etc) UP 5/1
7.00 – Temple Man (Jefferson’s record in NHF races) UP 6/5
Hopefully a few of those run well. I have yet to work out which ones, if any, I will back based on the stats alone and/or horses suitability to the race conditions. I am more wary at this time of year before form settles down etc.
SPRINT HANDICAP TESTING ZONE
Lydia’s Place – 1 point EW – 12/1 (bet365/BV/WH) (UP 6/1. 4th, lost a shoe)
I was all done for the evening but a regular tweeter who can pick a sprint handicapper or two got in touch and said he was having a ‘max bet’ on Lydia’s Place. That name rang a bell and I would no doubt have looked in the morning – she is in the tracker- but the price may have gone by then.
I can’t let this one go off at 12s and to a certain point the oppo are a bit irrelevant at the price I think. One of these days I will ‘tip’ a horse that was a previous loser.
Richard Guest was interviewed on RUK earlier at Thirsk where he had a winner. His yard has been struck down with a virus in recent weeks apparently but they are showing signs of more life recently. (his words) He has been quiet on the runners front and that virus may well explain the rather lackluster run LTO and other runs maybe. IF that was the cause, and IF she is over it- she is no 12/1 shot here. If she still has issues and/or is just out of form that is 2 more points loaned back to the bookies.
I backed her at Musselburgh where she ran well enough in 3rd. Economic Crisis won that race and it was a decent enough little contest. She hasn’t done much since then but the virus may explain it.
She drops in class here which caught the eye. She is a CD winner and has won off 87. She runs off 75 here. She is getting well handicapped and Beasley is back on for the first time since that Musselburgh run. The trainer does well here – 6/16, 7 places in the last year alone. He is 1/5, 1 place in the last 14 days and has only had 9 runners in the last month for the reasons described.
Pace is the final positive. Not many if any ever make the running in this but she can and Beasley does ride from the front very well from memory. I really hope he sends her to the front and can get across to the rail. In any case she should be prominent.
So, I think there are positives at the price. It is all about what shape she is in but a repeat of that Muss run should see her right in the mix here. It will all be about when the jockey pushes the button and whether anything is there.
Of the rest…well nothing at the shorter end would tempt me in given the inconsistency amongst this lot. Acclaim The Nation is lightly raced and probably looks the most interesting.
That is all for this evening.
OTT : 2.25 Bev – Moll Anthony (16/1<) NR
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Good Luck with any bets you place today,