A really enjoyable day yesterday. A convincing win on the cricket pitch in our final friendly before the real stuff starts next week and a really good day for the blog results. Although we came close to being an amazing day.
Miss France won the 1000 Guineas holding on gamely up the hill from Lightening Thunder and Ihtimal. Tapestry ending up being sent off favourite and ran no race at all finishing last. Rizeena simply wasn’t good enough and Lucky Kristale clearly didn’t stay the mile and I would expect to see her dropped back to six furlong contests going forward.
Economic Crisis got the blog off to a flying start going in at 8/1. He really loves it around Hamilton Park. Yeeoow and Ninjago painfully finished 2nd and 3rd so failed to pick off the main prize. I know some of you had done them in multiples, so this was a bit frustrating. They both started much shorter than the morning price. Sirvino won easily and in hindsight I was frustrated that he wasn’t included as maximum bet material. Still a winner is a winner and I hope you all won a few quid!
Time for some Proform stats ahead of this afternoon’s action. If there are any particular stats that you would like to see, feel free to ask at anytime, happy to have a look through.
Trainer win & place strike rate over the last 14 days with over ten runners:
A P O’Brien 65% (20 runners)
Ralph Beckett 63.64% (22 runners)
Dan Skelton 60% (10 runners)
Dermot Weld 57.14% (14 runners)
John Bridger 53.85% (13 runners)
Roger Charlton 53.85% (13 runners)
Andrew Balding 53.33% (30 runners)
Nicky Henderson 52.94% (34 runners)
Karl Burke 52% (25 runners)
Gary Moore 51.52% (33 runners)
Of the above DERMOT WELD, ROGER CHARLTON and KARL BURKE have exceptional winning strike rates.
Let’s move on to today’s action. The usual bank holiday Monday fare. Plenty of action and some off the interesting list too.
The 1.55 Warwick looks a pretty good race for the grade with Specialty, George Benjamin and Glasgon all likely to have live chances. The one I like the look of is HAYEK for Tim Easterby. It is only a small note as his recent runs have been too bad to be true but he is now seriously well handicapped and he was given a very quiet ride by Rachel Richardson on his re-appearance on ground that he wouldn’t have liked. If and it is quite a big if, he is fully tuned up for today (they like a punt) he is likely to run a big race at around 8/1.
HAYEK 1 pt win @ 8/1
MAGICAL ROSE (2.25 Windsor) has been on the interesting list for a while. Having been campaigned largely on the all-weather at the back-end of last year her last two turf runs came at Yarmouth in August where she was well backed off handicap marks of 72 and 70. She runs off a mark of just 61 today having switched stables to Conrad Allen. IF she has been perked up for the switch and is ready to go she looks an enormous price today at around 8/1
MAGICAL ROSE 3 PTS WIN @ 8/1
Another yard switcher that catches the eye is the now David Barron trained MONEY TEAM (2.40 Beverley). Two victories last year both on similar speed tracks to today’s. He was given suspect rides over the wrong trips on his final few starts last year. Switched now from Phil Kirby to the Barron team he looks overpriced this afternoon switched back to five furlongs on a speed track off a falling mark. There is plenty of 16/1 available and he may well out run those odds.
MONEY TEAM 1pt each way @ 16/1
Other runners to note are REAL TIGRESS (5.00 Bev) and FREDERIC CHOPIN (5.55 Warwick) but they are a little bit too short to be followed in.
Have fun today,
All the best,