none. No races of interest.. the 2.40 Wetherby looks Amber Gambler’s to lose to my eye. I was ‘hoping’ he may have been put in at 5/2, 3/1 say, which may have been worth a go even in a C5 chase – as it happens he has opened 5/6 which is too short for me but baring a fall should be winning like a 1/2 shot I suspect. (that is a throwaway price comment,not based on a thorough assessment of his rivals or too much in depth thought at all really!) His rivals are old and out of form on the whole and look a moderate, beatable bunch. The booking of James King says it all also I think. Of course he has fences to jump- which some may say makes 5/6 too short in any chase- and he only ran 5 days ago. I will watch with interest.
Sandown will be the highlight on Saturday- 19 go to post for the Veteran’s Chase series final and it looks a corker. I have had the briefest of looks without checking the weather forecast as yet, and the three that stood out were Rocky Creek, Gas Line Boy and Theatrical Star – I will have a proper look in depth on Friday and any tips (well, there will be tips no doubt) will be posted early evening.
Harry Fry Mares (10/1< guide) (0/10,2p over 10/1 SP)
3.20 Lud – Tangley 14,30 H3
Jan Trainers (starting points..)
6.45 Wolv – Gleaming Girl – 14 H3 WON 9/2
H1/H3 = HorseRaceBase Top Rated or Top 3 Rated (at time of posting)
G1/G3 = Geegeez Gold Speed Ratings (Dr Peter May) Top Rated or Top 3 Rated
14,30 = Geegeez Gold ‘trainer form’ indicators. 14 – 5+ runs last 14 days, 20% win sr OR 51%+ place (inc wins) sr. 30 – 10+ runs last 20 days, 20% win sr OR 51%+ place (inc wins) sr
Note: The introduction of such pointers has helped add a level of sophistication to the TTP Jumps qualifiers, driving up massively the win/place % sr and the ROI considerably.
Again, another quiet day ahead on the jumps front so I will highlight any qualifiers. These stats found a 16/1 winner at the last Wolvs meeting on Boxing Day i believe (my eyes,sadly enough,were on the jumps!) and have found a couple of 12/1+ winners at recent Dundalk meetings also. Fingers crossed they may do the same as there wasn’t much to cheer on Thursday! …
2.30 – Too Many Shots H3 UP
7.45 – Vogueatti 14 H3 UP
The Last Debutante UP
Lorikeet H3 G1 UP 7/1>5/2
4.55 – Geological – H3 (no speed ratings) UP
That will be all for today.
In other news, I am in the process of lining up a guest blog from Darran Pearce – an expert in the field of Hunter Chases and Point To Points. He has done some punditry for ATR in the past and I can’t wait to read this post. That will be within the next couple of weeks. Moving forwards there is a possibility we may explore the world of PtPs which is something I wouldn’t mind knowing more about. Anyway, there will be something of interest there to get stuck into. (I have our own Nick Mazur to thank for pointing me his way)