PACE WINS THE RACE??
1.35 Worcester... Alberobello…. UP-well, annoying when they don’t get an easy lead! £5 I will never see again… Edmunds horse change tactics having been held up to date,and he did not appreciate being pestered, looked to go too hard much like the last day, and actually didn’t jump with much fluency. Still think 8s a bit big on paper, but winner has done it well with a bit to spare, hands and heels..unexposed chaser, step up in trip.. I have an ‘Aunty Ann’ as well, not a penny on! 🙂 i’ve had a nibble at 8/1 here as there is a chance he makes all. Well, I am convinced he will get an easy lead, and after that,who knows! The last day he was returning after nearly 3 months off and every chance he comes on for it. He also got in a frenetic pace duel with Lost Legend, both exchanging leads/forcing pace etc etc. In the end those two things combined and he faded out of it, beaten 9 lengths. The winner that day, who is fav here, had the race set up for him really. Alberobello will be fitter, and should get an easier time on the front. That combined with the 8lb swing at the weights may see them much closer together. He is a consistent horse also, 2/12,6p in handicap chases, decent enough. And his fairly new trainer does know the time of day, a few winners under rules already. Interesting. 8s looks too big to my ‘make all’ eyes.
3.30 Newmarket... Hidden Steps….UP.. hmm, well two duds today, that one didn’t do much either- couldn’t lead, not that it mattered given how it finished up. an interesting runner at 9/1… mainly as she made all the last day and she is drawn right up against the rail here. The rail has been a golden highway at this track at recent meetings…to address that they have moved it in 4 yards today. So, maybe that is now eradicated…but in any case, she has draw/pace advantage. She also hung left quite a bit at Windsor, and having this rail to her left may help considerably. She is lightly raced and this isn’t a deep C2..everything in here needs to step up on previous form, it isn’t packed with hardy C2 winners. She also returned after 100+ days LTO..it suggests they may have tinkered with something, wind maybe, or sorted out whatever problems she had (if she had any).. but she arrives here fit and in form, open to improvement. She should lead up against this rail, and that price looks big. Clearly not a race to go mad in.. lightly raced horses a plenty and something may have more in hand etc. But, i’ll have a go!
3m+ handicap chases. None. That race did not go to plan. No excuse there. I wouldn’t have backed that winner above the three selected, one of those. Always things to ponder and take away, but wouldn’t have made a difference to how I played that race. I can live with the result. I can’t quite believe how poorly all three ran – but then again all three were making returns after breaks and in that scenario nothing ever shocks. They were all fairly well backed within reason. I move on, swiftly. A day to forget.
J Fanshawe Kempton
8.20 – Gothic Empire (any odds)
H Fry Mares (any odds, 10/1< best)
5.40 Worc- Tangley
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