Well a good day yesterday with a nice birthday winner! We started off with Legal Eagle who was once again given a very interesting ride. The view from the side on ATR camera was compelling as you clearly see Saun Quinlan pull Legal Eagle back at the start of the race. Lots of elbows were involved. My interest has deepened! Sutton Sid as I thought had been found a very good opportunity and I hope as many of you as possible managed to get on the morning prices of 9 and 8/1 as he went off well backed at 3’s and looked the winner some way out.
The NFL was not so enjoyable. The unders bet was always going to kop but I was very disappointed in Kevin Kolb and the Cardinals offensive line. They got run over by the Rams defense and on the evidence of what I saw last night, they certainly are nowhere near good enough to be contenders.
An interesting days racing today and a good card at Ascot. I’ve got one bet there but the main play of the day has been at Wolverhampton once again.
POOLE HARBOUR – 5.15 ASCOT – 1 PT EACH WAY @ 16/1 WITH CORAL, STANJAMES, SKYBET & BLUESQ (BIGGER ON BETFAIR)
An interesting contender in a tight looking handicap for the Richard Hannon & Richard Hughes combination. Ran a very good second on the back of a poor effort at York last time in a race that might work out well. The winner that day was the Andrew Balding trained Intransigent who looks all over a future listed/group performer on the all-weather. He was only beaten a length and the third and fourth both give that form some substance.
The Elusive City colt looked progressive earlier in the year with back to back wins off marks of 80 & 85 (first of those he beat Henry Allingham) and he has run with credit since, with only one poor effort when badly hampered and eased at York. I have no doubt he will progress past this mark at some stage. The negative and the reason he is 16/1 is the ground. He has had one run on soft ground and he finished tailed off but that run came at Goodwood over seven furlongs. His best form is all at six and his only other effort at Goodwood (in the Stewards Cup) was also an average one whereas away from there he has mainly run well.
I think he is a big price and could go close IF the ground isn’t a problem.
BOLD CROSS – 8.45 WOLVERHAMPTON – 2.5 PTS EACH WAY @ 8/1 with HILLS/LADBROKES
The old boy has been a real eye catcher the last twice. Last time he would have won with a clear run but his inexperienced jockey got trapped and his chance had gone. On the back of that run I expected him to be a 5/2 chance this morning so I nearly choked on the porridge when I saw he was available at 8/1. I wouldn’t normally back each way at that price but I feel he is almost certain to get placed. The reason he is that price is the unexposed Miss Dashwood is attracting all the money in the market. I have no doubt she will end up better than 72 but at the prices I’m happy to take her on.
It will be a hairy ride. Bold Cross needs to be held up and will need plenty of luck in running. Let’s hope that Thomas Brown learnt a lot from that last race and is more patient on the inside tonight. He is drawn in two so has plenty of time to build his challenge from there. Big Player.
Busy day today with preperations for the birthday bash tomorrow. Usual stuff. Haircut, new shirt then back to study tommorow’s Ascot card and watch Bold Cross bolt up!
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Be lucky today!