A double priced winner put up on the free post, pinch yourselves, they have been rare. Not ‘tipped’ officially, but sod it. He even took his trainer by surprise and you could tell in his interview he was annoyed he wasn’t more confident pre race- horse apparently shows sod all at home and has always been a shoddy jumper. That’s horses for you.
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Trainer/Jockey Combo – Live Test
2.00 South – Never Up (12/1<)
3.50 Ling – Old Salt (12/1< guide)
Handicap Hurdle/Chase Portfolio – Live Test
4.30 South – Isabelleprincess (x2 angles)
Horse of Interest…
Well, there really isn’t much to get exited about but I will have a small – ‘if I can’t pick a winner in a 3m+ chase, what the hell am I doing playing about on the sand‘ nibble on LOUMARIN, 13/2,7/1 (UP, no excuse there,SDS dictated, maybe didn’t see out the trip,tried to kick but couldn’t stretch. No really backed either. My love affair with the sand continues) in the 2.40 Wolvs…
This race looks ripe to be stolen from the front- so little pace on paper with plenty of hold up types. The last day this one got to the front eventually and was aggressively ridden. SDS is booked, and if you missed the news, he is now a sort of ‘stable jockey’ for Mick Appleby – quite the catch- it isn’t an exclusive arrangement as such but he will be on most of the stables horses where he can I believe. So, him in the plate is a positive, and he is very good from the front. While this one has plenty of form at 5f, and has yet to win over 6f, the odd runs suggests she could get home- and even more so if SDS can sit out in front and then kick turning in. So, the angle is lone pace. A front runner who could stay there. Cheepieces are retained and she has won from higher marks in the past and in a higher class. Appleby is also now hitting some form, 4/19,9p the last 14 days.
On what is a dull day, as some kind of ‘action bet’ to lively up the afternoon, she will do. I won’t be going mad. She will probably fall out of the stalls, be held up, and finish a never nearer 4th.
That will be all for today.
Oh I should add that I am off to Liverpool’s only Festival Preview evening tonight, near Aintree. It should be good fun and if you happen to see me, do say hello. I was invited last year by a blog reader and we are going again. I never learn too much, but the panel are entertaining and it is a good laugh. Well it was last year. I did learn about the trainers’ view on the different tracks and importance of pace etc. I will report anything back of note.