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2. Summer Jumps Angles
(all qualifiers = 3/19, 8p, -1.5) (star rating ‘ ♦ ‘ = 1/4, 2p, +3)
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(all qualifiers = 1/10, 1p, -9.17) (star rating ‘ ♦ ‘ = 0/1, 0p, -1)
Blow by Body Blow – he was the right bet in that race, and on another day could/should have won with earlier urgency from the jockey, but that’s racing. He’s just made an error there, maybe thinking the leaders would come back at that pace- Lucinda’s tend to keep going around there. To see him finish with running left, relative to the winner, annoying. One that got away. I feel sorry for the horse more than anything, he deserved better there. Just move him up on a downhill section! Ah. But i’ll take the positives.
I sort of knew my fate with Grand Morning after 2f. A marked drift pre race, I knew he’d be held up but that was overly patient, but maybe he just didn’t have the pace/class, he never looked like threatening. The write ups wasn’t too bad, flagging Dell Arca, and watching him flash home was a tad irksome. I thought the ground may be too soft for him but I don’t think it was that bad come this race, for all that assuming Haydock will take some getting after rain is never a bad strategy, even in May! Fair play to him, freshened up after a break (he’d been on the go since July) , a headgear switch, in a so so race where he had proven stamina unlike a few, and at C2 level. His two wins in Oct/Nov were as good/better than anything the rest had done. I’ll just doff my cap to the Pipes and the horse, doing that aged 12, some boy. Benefitting from the front two racing far too soon, but that’s the game.
The Victoria Cup stats/trends did their job and hopefully a sign of things to come with those Heritage Handicaps. Hopefully not the first ‘shortlist of four’ or ‘longlist’ to include the 12/1 winner, a 28/1 place. I think that run confirmed that Hugo Palmer’s horse maybe best on a flatter track, and it will be interesting where they go with him. He has to have an ok handicap pot in him. And the Watson/Hollie Doyle horse could make all somewhere one day also.
A good day for Ralph Beckett again, who’s in fine form. Ralph & Rossa is a partnership always worth a second glance, as is Kirby/Cox – those pairings never a bad ‘way in’. Roger Charlton had a good winner, who’d had a run, confirming maybe that he’s not out of form, many of his flat turf horses just needing a run or two.
Anyway, enjoy your Sunday. Back Monday morning. Josh