I have never been one to criticise jockeys too much. I’m a firm believer that what goes around comes around and over the course of a betting year your luck will even out but I have to say that Hayley Turner didn’t have her best day yesterday. There is nothing worse as a punter than being able to see what is about to happen in a race before it does. Having backed Levi Draper at 7/2 in the morning I was pleased to see the money come and he went off at 2/1 but was given a poor ride, enough said. He remains of particular interest to me especially if returning to handicap company.
A quality treble last night for the British teams in Europe as United, Chelsea and Celtic all recorded excellent away wins. After United went a goal down in Cluj I rang GA to tell him that United were “in running certainties”. This turned out to be true, but without a penny on. GA advised me he’d had an acca on Brighton, Burnley, Port Vale and Yeovil, none of which won. Terrible.
Looking forward to a quality game tonight as Manchester City welcome the German champions to the Etihad. Hard to envisage anything other than a goal fest tonight. I would really like to see City win tonight. On their day they are world class and it would be good to see them in the knockout stages this year. If that is to be the case then they really need to be winning tonight.
ART SCHOLAR – 8.10 KEMPTON – 1 PT EACH WAY @ 22/1 WITH BETFRED/STANJAMES
A real interesting runner that caught the eye last time when never put into the race at Catterick on a day when everything was winning from the front. Not only did the run catch my eye, it also caught the eye of the stewards who interviewed the jockey afterwards who said he didn’t handle the track. That is not what I saw with my eyes, I saw a horse never put into the race. Simple. With that in mind, he makes obvious appeal for two reasons. Firstly he seemed to be full of running that day without being given a chance on a day when nothing held up was even getting close. Secondly, having caught the eye of the stewards last time he may be under scrutiny today so there will be no signs of not getting in the race today. Add the bonus that George Baker is on board and he is only 1lb higher than his win at Doncaster and I think he represents some value. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying he is a good thing, just that there is plenty to suggest he is massively overpriced and should be backed each way. The wide draw shouldn’t be a problem as there are a couple of non runners already and he is a hold up performer.
PIVITOL MOMENT – 2.20 NOTTINGHAM – 2 PTS WIN @5/2
Started his career in a much better race than this at Newbury over seven furlongs and travelled well for a long way before weakening close home into 6th. That debut came on good to firm ground and the switch to these softer conditions and the drop to five furlongs make him of serious interest this afternoon based on his pedigree.
Good luck today,