None. A 4.5 point blowout over the weekend- very unlucky in the first, not quite good enough at Fontwell. Aerial- well, after he won I went back to look at Paul Nicholls’ ‘long lay off’ stats – well, let’s just say he is now 16/69,29 places +35 points with handicap chasers returning 365 days+ off. Even if I had done my job properly before the race and looked that up I don’t think I would have picked him – he hadn’t done much on his last 3 returns after long breaks and I would have had a stamina Q, and an age one. And possibly a ground one. Lightly raced and well handicapped on recent and old form. He once ran Coneygrey close in a G2 novice hurdle! He clearly has a touch of class on his day. Today was his day. I can live with those ones, just about.
I need to tot up the totals for ‘TTP’ this week but the weekend was a good one for followers, another +21 points if backing all selections systematically. There is only one possible on Monday from Plumpton ( a few from Muss that I will keep in members area) and I don’t yet know if he will be ‘backable’ price but given how quiet it is, that qualifier with notes is below…
Skylander (hncp h + micro class)
NOTE: Pipe’s going ok enough not to be put off- 4/31,9 places last 14 days. This one reverts to hurdles having not looked in love with chasing on his last few starts. This isn’t a deep race- Mulholland’s will be fav no doubt and may get the hat-trick- but a repeat of any of this one’s summer hurdle form should put him in the mix I think. The jockey has been seen to ok effect on a couple of pipes recently.
STATS/ANGLES OF INTEREST
That will be all for today. A quiet start to the week, which is no bad thing. Post complet.