Well it is almost upon us, collectively our favorite four days of the whole year. One more sleepless night to go before we all descend on Prestbury Park. I will just wrap up some thoughts on yesterday. I was absolutely gutted that Massena got beat. All through the day I became more and more confident like you do when you back a horse early doors and the price continues to tumble. Half way down the back I thought we had tapped into a seriously well handicapped horse as he tanked through the race. Unfortunately having traded very short in running he bundled the last and the eventual winner pulled out his only clean jump of the contest and we were on the ropes. He remains of interest but has let most of the players at the table see his hand.
I will just quickly touch on today’s racing as the two meetings got the go ahead at Plumpton and Taunton. I am mildly interested in the chances of SAWPIT SAMBA (4.20 Taunton) a little later on. He had three starts for Venetia Williams, one of which was full of promise before two really poor efforts switched to handicap company. The last of those two efforts came in first time blinkers on heavy ground at Exeter over just short of three miles. He has had 11 months off on the back of that and has made the switch to David Bridgewater. The yard is going well with small numbers at the moment with almost 60% of all runners hitting the frame and I just felt that with any kind of improvement as well as the drop in trip/removal of headgear, he may well be over priced. The non runner means there are only seven left in so the each way has gone but he is 11/1 in places so small stakes win will do.
My bet of the day though today has to be ROSOFF (3.40 Plumpton). Laura Mongan’s charge has dropped back down to a mark of 88 which is his last winning mark and we have the added bonus of the talented Nathan Adams taking off 10lb. He looks to have a golden opportunity to get back in the winners enclosure and bolster the coffers on the eve of the main event. I think Laura’s other runner on the card SEA CADET could run well on the back of a break too, although he wouldn’t want it too soft.
My Cheltenham day one preview will be posted later today!