Well I hope Samingarry doesn’t become a cliff horse but do add him to your trackers.. he is 5/6,5p in handicap chases C3 <10k as we know, but he is better than that I think. Anyway, a bit of money came and as they circled it was clear the jock wanted a flyer/easy lead. He started slow and played catch up for a while, eventually getting up alongside Saint Are whose cruising speed is probably faster than many a C3 chaser. Anyway, I will not give up on him yet. He may take to blinkers better NTO, he won on second start in a visor from memory. I think he could bolt up if able to lead/not be surrounded by horses- he seemed to despise that in this headgear. Maybe he has just regressed. Time will tell.
The winner…well having stewed on it I can see why some would have had a go, and assumed he may stay 3m. There is the odd non-handicap run over 2m4f where he stayed on well, at tracks with stiff finished etc. Don’t forget he was a G2 novice winner also, so some class there. You had to both ignore the 3 Ps and the stamina niggle- I couldn’t, in the context of him being 6/1. And he only just got up, more so as the leader’s legs turned to jelly. Unlike some winners where I wonder why I wasn’t on, I can live with that one. But, always something to learn. He was unexposed in handicaps, and over that trip over fences, and it was one of his easier assignments of recent months. Good record fresh also. Coleman booked. Easy after the race, eh?! And, there was nothing in that race that jumped out as having an outstanding chance, an open race. One of those. Moving on..
Harry Fry Mares (10/1<)
3.10 Hunt – Desert Queen
Trainer Jockey Combo – Live Test
4.30 Sedge – Bell Weir (#10) (any odds)
Handicap Hurdle/Chase Portfolio- Live test
1.30 Hunt – Pearlita
Keep an eye on…
Nothing on recent ‘hot form’ indicators that I want to get involved in although I have had a small dabble on the Jonjo horse Nick highlights below- and there seems to be some money around- Jonjo can clearly train them to win maiden/novice hurdles if he so wants, and I can see the appeal. If not today given the form of that Hereford race he is one to keep track of for handicaps. I suppose if they think he has potential to be better than a handicapper they may have him tuned up today. Good spot.
My own big price glory rests on the shoulder’s of Kim Bailey’s Braw Angus in the 1.30 Hunt – he is a TTP pick due to the trainer’s record here in handicap hurdles, but on closer inspection his handicap hurdle debut record is fascinating…it looks like it may be an angle he now increasingly takes advantage of. In the last year he is 6/23,9p with such types, and at Huntingdon he is 1/3,2p with such runners. The market can guide- his handicap hurdlers going off 22/1+ are 1/122,13p and I would like to see some support. I think his price will either shorten considerably,and he will go close. Or it won’t move/drift, and he won’t run much of a race. He steps up in trip which I like to see, as that is a possible reason for improvement – as is the fact he may not be fully tuned up and fitter than he has ever been. They may of course all be chasing the fav but you should never be scared of one horse.
GL with any bets.
The Venetia Video has been posted, now for Alan King..