Uttoxeter ‘through the card’ (a member’s request)
In truth this is a rancid card and unless you’re off to the races, probably not one worth bothering with! The weather complicates things… it’s officially Good after two dry days, having had a deluge before that. But from midday through to end of racing they ‘could’ get up to 12mm – it’s probably best to assume it will go soft, but who knows…
2.10 – Catchin Time 10/3 … well this evergreen 11 year old is the most solid in this, has been running well, massive drop in class, and rain won’t bother him. In reality you’d try and find something to take him on with, but I was struggling! It’s the sort of race where something may pop up at a price and connections will be asked to explain the improvement.
2.45 – pass
3.15 – Kalaskadesemilley – 5/1… any rain will help this one, and won’t help the Fav, but such is his good form maybe it won’t matter. However, this one is interesting and has been running well, and this trip may bring out more/slow everything down for him.
3.45 – pass
4.20 – River Argentee … well I could pass on this one also but he’s a LTO winner who won’t mind soft, and should run his race. IF it’s testing, that’s a question for the other two, but not a race to have a strong view on!
4.50 – Shakadame... blimey, an awful race. If this was assured to be decent ground you’d be all over the fav Pat’s Pearl as he does just look solid in this. But soft is a massive question. There’s not much to go on with the selection but he’ll like the ground and Murphy is banging them in, and does well with new recruits (% wise, not to back blind, that will make you poor) Fitness won’t be a question if he wants her fit. I mean I don’t think she’s a value price but this race is horrid. Grania O’Malley may be the most interesting at bigger prices and she may like/need the soft – she wasn’t very good LTO and her jumping went to pieces, and I don’t really like the jockey .. 2/97 all rides in the last year. Gulp.
5.20 – Trafalgar Rock / Eddy … TR is worth chancing at 8s I think given how well handicapped he is. Well his mark has been in free-fall because he hasn’t been very good! He used to be in the 120s and he drops significantly in class here. His best form is on soft. He has stamina to prove, it’s an unknown, I think just about built into his price. Some of his chase runs over 20/22f suggest he’s worth a go over it. Whether he sees it out over hurdles pace/in this ground, we shall see. If he stays, and runs his race, he’d win well. Eddy is just solid – well based on LTO if that was a true return to form. No idea where that run came from really. But soft is fine and in these conditions he’s probably the most thorough stayer.
So, that will do for this awful card. 🙂