Morning peeps. Quick round-up of yesterday’s action. First up that was last chance saloon really for me with Rainbow Rock. He travelled much better through the race but as soon as he was asked for any effort the head went in the air and he wasn’t interested at all. I still think he will probably win races but it is likely to be with several duck eggs next to his name at a big price. Art Scholar I fear has probably just gone now. He travelled very well to a point but as soon as they quickened he was in trouble. I still haven’t quite worked out what Liam Jones was trying to do on Gypsy Rider. Haven’t seen that many hold up horses win after being rushed up and racing 6 horses wide ride Kempton. They were all very minor fancies so I wasn’t overly disappointed.
Busy day today and a couple from the notebook go. Thought the 3.30 at Pontefract looked a real good race. There are a few non runners now but I expect Evanescent and Poyle Vinnie to fight out the finish. The rest of that card looks difficult.
There a few notebook runners going today and I will spin through them in strength rather than time order.
DER MEISTER – 3.10 Newmarket
Interesting contender for Andrew Balding today. Only had three starts and won the first two. Last time out was held up out the back in the messy Salisbury race that was won by Cape Caster. He was still travelling well three out when he then got involved in several rugby like tackles and the race had gone. Oisin Murphy eased him down once the race was lost and he can probably be marked up for that effort. The stiff finish at Newmarket should suit today and with a clear run I think he could go very close indeed off just eight stone five. The double figure prices this morning represent a decent each way play.
2 pts each way @ 10/1 generally
PRINCE GAGARIN – 2.35 Newmarket
Half an hour earlier on the card I’m looking forward to seeing the son of Dubawi running in handicap company for the first time. You have to put a line through his last run at York but that is not too much of a hardship as it was a group 3. Previous to that effort he had won a three runner novice event here in nice style and looked useful in the process. He has entries in all the big races (Royal Lodge, Dewhurst, Racing Post Trophy & Derby) and if they are serious entries then he should be well up to winning this of a mark of 90. Ryan Moore keeps the ride too which can only be nothing but a big positive. Expecting him to go well.
2 pts win @ 3/1
THUNDER PASS – 9.15 Kempton
Had to wait a real long time for this to come round and it may have done so just at the right time. Thunder Pass went into the notebook 353 days ago and has been burning a whole in it ever since! Just three runs to date all in turf maidens over about a mile. Twice gave the huge impression that he wants much further and maybe a switch in surface. Well tonight he gets both in abundance. Been off the track a year so we will have to take fitness on trust but that doesn’t worry me with Hughie’s horses. The trainer could not be in much better form. 6/22 winners in the last fortnight and almost 50% have been placed. Thunder Pass could be a very well handicapped horse off an opening mark of 60 and if he is cherry ripe, hopefully will win well!
2 pts win @ 6/1 generally
Elsewhere I thought that BARCHAN (7.45 Kemp) had a decent chance to follow up the Lingfield win but the price is a bit too skinny. I also though the winner of the 8.45 Kempton would come from one of the two progressive types in Seldom Seen & History Book so I really couldn’t put you off them today either.
Day of Coral TV for me today so busy! Fingers crossed we have a few winners today!