Ok first off many apologies. The summer has been so busy I’ve struggled to blog anywhere near as much as I would like. Now the sporting world slows down a bit I have a bit more time on my hands to concentrate on getting some words down. As most of you know my bread and butter through the winter is largely the all-weather so I’m very much looking forward to getting my teeth into those cards that most people hate! I spent a big part of this week doing the videos of the last few weeks and my Proform horse watcher is overloaded with horses that have caught the eye in a positive or negative way.
Qipco British Champions Day takes place down at Ascot this afternoon with over 4 million pounds up for grabs in prize money. Excellent racing that for me brings the flat racing season largely to a close. The ground is set to be pretty testing with soft conditions on the round course and potentially good to soft on the straight course which does drain a lot better.
One or two small angles in to the card today. There is a lack of a confirmed front-runner in the sprint (2.20) and that may set the race up for JACK DEXTER. He has returned to form the last twice and conditions will suit him down to the ground. He is likely to sit close to the pace and Graham Lee can try to kick on two out, he is a fair each way price at 5/1,
In the feature race of the day the Champions Stakes (4.05) I do think at a short price it is worth taking the favorite Cirrus Des Aigles. He has no doubt been one of the top ten furlong performers of the last few year. His performances in the early part of the year however were disappointing. He does have conditions to suit this afternoon and will relish the soft ground but no seven-year old has one this since the 1800’s so he has to be taken on. If you got on the 8/1 about FARHH a week ago you are sitting in a lovely situation and although he has his absence to overcome, I was really taken with his performance in the Lockinge and I think he might take all the beating.
There is a superb supporting jumps card down at Cheltenham this afternoon which looks incredibly tricky. I am very much looking forward to the chasing debut of DARK LOVER though in the novice chase at 5.00. He has looked a chaser in the making for some time and I will be disappointed if he doesn’t win.
Let’s move proceedings on to the big meeting at Wolverhampton tonight. Five horses from the http://www.proformracing.com horse watcher go on the card there tonight and most of them are over priced.
Ajeeb – 6.20 Wolverhampton
A little bit of a flyer as Ajeeb will need to improve significantly on what he has been achieving of late. Michael Scudamore’s charge has dropped massively in the weights though in recent times (peaked at 80, runs off 58) which makes of him particular interest over the coming weeks from a yard that likes to land a tickle. He shaped a bit better than the bare form suggests last time despite being beaten over ten lengths and I think he is over priced in a weak race this evening. There is plenty of 16/1 available.
AJEEB 1 pt E/W @ 16/1.
I like the look of two against the field here. The two that caught my eye last time were AVAILABLE and HANNAH’S TURN. The former has been running with great credit of marks in the high 70’s through the summer and races off a much lower mark on the all-weather. He got collared late last time over seven furlongs by a heavily backed jolly and the drop to six tonight may well play to his strengths. Hannah’s Turn improved rapidly last winter with several excellent performances at Southwell. On the back of a break she returned with a nice effort last time when traveling strongly through the race which suggests she may well have improved again. There is every chance she is being tee’d up for another tilt at Southwell but she is overpriced today and I will take these two against the field.
AVAILABLE 1.5 PTS WIN @ 6/1, HANNAH’S TURN 1 PT WIN @ 10/1
The last one has just been called a non runner so I will keep that under my hat for another day.
Good luck with all your bets today, Blog will be back on a daily basis from here on in