I think a day like yesterday was probably on the cards after such a good run. Lightening shower ran poorly and should be taken off the list. Ballyshonagh was a non runner, Fly Solo was always in a bad position in a slowly run race that didn’t suit. He will win in a stronger run race. Sequester didn’t sparkle either. Petergate and Irondale Express both ran well to pick up the place money at big prices and I’m still not quite sure how Irondale Express didn’t win.
Trainer form with entries today. Win and place strike rate with min 8 runners:
Warren Greatrex 75% (8 runners)
Robert Cowell 66.67% (18 runners)
Dermot Weld 57.14% (21 runners)
Ger Lyons 56.25% (16 runners)
David Elsworth 54.55% (11 runners)
Kim Bailey 52.63% (19 runners)
Sir Michael Stoute 51.85% (27 runners)
Greatrex, Elsworth and Weld all have exceptional winning strike rates of over 40%.
Mid-summer madness today as we have 5 jumps meetings and 1 flat. The jumps just never ends!
The draw has put paid to fancying SEAMSTER (3.30 Beverley) quite strongly today. Having been unlucky off a lowly mark of 48 four starts back he has gone up 15lbs in the weights for two wins and a second (where he was unlucky). He has got loads of toe and I’ve thought for a long time that a speed turf track like this would bring about even more in him. He’s in stall 8 which tempers enthusiasm, as does the potential softish surface but I think he is a big enough price in which to throw a small dart at him.
SEAMSTER 1 pt win @ 7/1
Those of you that read regularly will know all about EDDIEMAURICE (4.30 Beverley) who has been given two very interesting rides on his two starts so far this year. He was a non runner when entered last week as I am convinced they have been waiting for exactly the right race to have a punt. Now we will have to take the ground on trust as it will be testing and his only win came on good to firm. That victory came at this track which is a bonus. I’m sure he is now well handicapped and it might just be a case of a job well done by the yard today. I expect him to be very well backed if today is the day.
EDDIEMAURICE 3 pts win @ 10/1
I will throw a tiny arrow in the direction of BENTON’S LAD (5.35 Beverley) who has shaped like his mark will be workable. On the assumption that he may get a soft lead on a track that suits, he might be overpriced in double figures in the finale.
BENTON’S LAD 1 pt win @ 11/1
Not too much interest today, but hopefully today is the day for Eddimaurice.
All the best,