Newmarket Day 2: Through The Card
I’m off to Newmarket today with some friends and if the following all fall out the back of the tv it won’t have been a good day, punting wise…
1.50 – Maksab – two times CD winner, won well enough here two starts back. Ran well at at Ayr at a track that may not have suited..hopefully the return here and the climb to the line sees him return to winners enclosure. Gets plenty of weight from these and in a race lacking any out and out pace on paper, hopefully young Eagan has him in the right spot, and may even try and lead against the far rail.
2.25 – Main Edition – plenty to like about this winning machine and she should be the one they all have to pass on the front end. Hopefully she gets out and stays out. The AOB runner is a danger and may appreciate the step back up but in general I’ll side with those who I think will be on the front end here.
3.00 – Communique – Johnston likes winning this race and this one was well punted to win at RA when he looked like a non stayer to my eyes. Maybe returning 9 days after that effort wasn’t ideal LTO and we know MJs runners can just bounce back. I wanted something at a tasty price in this and I thought SDS may try and dictate from the front. Probably an decent EW wager as If he got an uncontested lead and IF he bounced back to his best, he should be in there pitching come the end.
3.35 – a no bet race really…if AC turns up she bolts up. The most impressive winner of the week at Ascot this is some star in the making.
4.10 – Al Mureib / Kuwait Currency / True Grit … well, this is a race to have some fun with for change and hopefully win some money to but a round of soft drinks! 🙂 I’ve picked three at big prices but will have a look at them pre race and use my dodgy paddock eye.
4.45 – Elgin – I probably don’t want to wade in at 2s, but I’m not sure I want to oppose him. Given his jumps mark of 161 when last seen, you’d think he should have plenty in hand from this opening flat handicap mark. He is the most interesting in this by far and we shall see if he’s up to this level. He should be.
5.20 – Court of Justice – one with a different profile and given the number of meetings today maybe significant that Spencer is here to ride. It all came right LTO and the Haggas horse that was behind him at Beverley has since bolted up also. There was a lack of pace on paper in this, which may disadvantage the likes of the Hannon horse (or at least give them another obstacle to overcome) and while inexperience may do for this one’s chances, I just thought Spencer may be up there/try and lead. He’d be an idiot to hold this one up today now he’s learnt how to race and has won. A front running Spencer special please.