Harry Fry Mares (10/1< guide)
3.30 Ling – Queens Odessa
Handicap Chase/Hurdle Portfolio – Live Test
4.00 Ling – Rock On Rocky UP
Trainer/Jockey Combo – Live Test
2.25 Ling – Annie Alainn (12/1<) (#3) WON 6/1>5/1
4.00 Ling – Mr Muddle (14/1<) (#6) UP
Jan Trainer Pointers
4.50 Wolv – Gleaming Girl
Horse of Interest…
4.10 Southwell- Red Admirable– 8/1… (PU, looked good for most of the way around,challenged turning in and then either something went wrong or the petrol tank emptied very quickly,which would be a surprise)
This one entered my tracker a couple of runs back simply as he had been woefully out of form but had suddenly showed more, and was a ‘pace angle’ front runner that despite his age, I wanted to keep an eye on.
A few of you have mentioned him across the blog and it is not hard to see why, as he is doing so many things differently. The main one being the step up in trip, and this is much more his distance. He can slog. 2m4f around Huntingdon on good to soft looks far from ideal, esp when looking at his chase form, and unsurprisingly he has been out-paced the last twice, while still running well. He is 13lb below his last win and he has never raced over this distance in a handicap hurdle. He races prominently, usually. He also drops into C5 for the first time in an age, and the first time ever in a handicap. Of some interest is also the fact that the headgear is removed. He has been wearing it for his last 16 runs. You have do try different things with these old boys and that may well be what he needs to freshen him up. Or he races lazily, but I suspect the former. He may feel free. Finally, McPherson is 5/13,8p in handicap hurdles at the track over the last 5 years. Oh, and he is 3/13,3p going LH in handicaps, 0/12,1p going RH.
So, at 8/1 generally, I think there is plenty there to recommend him in what is a poor enough race. He could win this very well. And I have had a stab. He isn’t getting any younger but 8s allows a play for me.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading some of your memories from years gone by, posted on Monday. I think the readership covers many decades and i personally wouldn’t mind reading some more!
So, if you can remember your first ever bet and also wish to reminisce, post a comment. And/or if there is one horse from the past you could see live just one more time, in their prime, who would that be?
It’s only a bit of fun but suspect it won’t just be me who will enjoy the read…
I should add my own memories… I was late enough to the racing game and had no real interest before going to University in Liverpool, back in 2007, aged 18. The family home isn’t too far from Newmarket but I don’t remember any engagement in the sport before that, bar the odd mild interest in C4 racing every now and then. None of my family are into racing. So, it was left to a first visit to Aintree in 2007, Old Roan Chase Day. (a free student ticket with a complimentary pint!)
I dare say I had a bet before the Old Roan itself, but without doubt the most memorable first proper betting adventure was on Monet’s Garden, who that year beat a 7 year old Kauto Star into 2nd place. He was 9/4, but I only cared for winners back then. The return for my £5 bet paid for a few more pints. It was a great race. I think there is something about a flashy grey and that horse sticks in the mind. As does Nacarat, who would be a regular enough visitor, with his front running style, winning a race in 2011 at the track, making all.
My best punting memory would be tipping/backing/mentioning Very Wood to win the Albert Bartlett at the 2014 Festival. 50/1. I think that is my biggest priced winner to date. It was rather good fun cheering him home. But, those types of winners are rare, so you have to enjoy them.