Good old Chase The Spud! What a dour stayer who received a brilliant patient ride that won it I suspect. One main effort right when it counted. Spooky was poor, maybe that ground too tiring for him as he travelled into it well enough at one stage. He didn’t see it out anyway. Great run from Mysteree who shrugged off his efforts LTO, but they probably told just at the end. Still, I wasn’t complaining! Back in the groove. It had been a while.
+19 points on the day, +63 points on the week, for the tips.
Let’s try and finish with a flourish..
3.55 Carlisle – Milborough – 1 point win- 8/1 (PP) 15/2, 7/1 (general)
I may add some more detail at a later stage but in short I thought he looked over priced here a tad… he loves the track and rarely runs a bad race here and this is much calmer waters that the Eider, where he was never in a rhythm and made the odd error, one early on. They reach for the headgear here for the first time which I found interesting. Jamie Moore is booked and he has placed on him – another tick I think. And he is a dour stayer. This could be a slog and he will be flying late, in a race where i thought a few may cut each other’s throats up top. He can just sit behind and he usually responds well for pressure and really does enjoy climbing up this hill. You could make excuses for his last two runs I think and in any case plenty of reasons to think he may run better today- the track/headgear being two. He is 2/2 in all handicaps, 1/1 chasing, when OR 130 or below.
I just thought he could easily be 9/2 in this field and was happy to have a dart…
Trainer/Jockey Combo – Live Test
3.55 Carl- Cloudy Too (12/1<)
3.35 FL – Zarzal (12/1<)
4.10 FL- Lava Lamp (12/1<)
PLEASE NOTE: I will make an announcement on plans for the Flat season/post April, and moving forward more generally, in the next couple of days. Many of you may just be here for the jumps etc, but you may be interested over the summer months. And if not I hopefully see you back next October time, or for next year’s Festival.