July – December 2016: +149.5
Jan – June 2016: +47.74
July – December 2015: +147.6
There were no more dodgy rides on the all weather yesterday than normal but none of them did us any good and we slide through to the last day of the month……on which there is not much to get excited about……….
Powerful Wind and Red Flute appeal here as two that could show a hell of a lot more than they have been asked to recently but neither can be put forward with any confidence until the market speaks.
Light Of Air has risen three pounds for its neck second almost a month ago at Kempton but goes up a furlong and would seem to have a fine chance if sent out to try by Moore.
Pinwood would also look likely to regain the winning thread with John Egan returning form sunnier climes today and the style of its 25/1 win two runs ago suggests there is more in the locker if and when it is wanted.
There are many poor horses in this that are a wee bit better than their marks, or have just been waiting for their turn (whichever way you want to look at it) with Caius College Girl, Sheer Intensity and Dukes Meadow to name but three.
The one for me would be Bold Max which has shown its well being in its most recent two races and tries a mile for the first time today. The booking of Rob Hornby takes the eye for Davison and stall four offers more encouragement.
A 2M3F handicap hurdle which is interesting for all the wrong reasons.
Cafe Au Lait, Bonvilston Boy and Torero can all be considered with chances and Bonvilston Boy ran a much better race last time behind an easy Kim Bailey winner AND has a visor fitted for the first time today.
Cafe Au Lait won well seven days ago and goes unpenalised for that Conditional jockeys race. It could easily follow up but the fear is that winning consecutive races with horses is not what Sophie Leech is known for, even if 82 is obviously a ridiculous handicap mark.
Torero has had Emma Todd booked for it by Jo Foster and was not off when third in a selling hurdle last time out behind Discoverie which is trained by Kenneth Slack, another member of the Cumbrian Collective.
The one that will interest me until it is allowed to do what it is capable of is Cougar Kid of O’Shea’s. This one is ridden by Brodie Hampson, as it has been in recent runs, and the jockey totally strangled the horse last time out at Towcester, a run that followed another of the same ilk at Hereford where the jockey had the horse’s head cocked to one side all the way down the back straight in an attempt to lose lengths on the front two. Given a more positive ride, or at least one during which Hampson doesn’t try to cut off its supply of air, Cougar Kid will register its first success over hurdles.
Cactus Valley is a dangerously high price for a Easterby horse which is unexposed over fences whilst Attimo will be made all the more interesting if Torero wins the first.
Aengus won with any amount in hand a week ago and should follow up in this by rights but twelve stone four pounds is a hell of a weight to carry. Then again, there are three horses in this, other than Candlish’s, that have to bear more than twelve stones and one of those is the infuriating Waterclock which may well be being aimed at the final of this qualifier.
Nobel Leader takes the eye in this, being dropped a grade from an eye catching run at Market Rasen last time out. It has been dropped two pounds for that lack of effort and could well have the talent to better its mark today.
The booking of Whelan for Zoe Davison’s Gustav is interesting and a good run could knock another couple of points off the price of Bold Max at Lingfield.
NTD took this last year with I Am Colin and could follow up with Hollow Blue Sky in 2017. The horse is five pounds better off with Drumviredy for the two and a half length beating it experienced at the hands of the Williams horse a month ago.
Michael Blake has High Aspirations down to a frankly ridiculous mark for this and has fitted a first time visor to the nine year old which completed a hat trick last year of marks of 84, 94 and 101. Off a mark like this in a class five contest it holds very firm claims to taking this prize with Harry Cobden on its back.
2:20 Catterick Cougar Kid WIN 12/1 various firms
4:10 Leicester High Aspirations WIN 11/1 Betvic
4:30 Lingfield Bold Max WIN 9/1 Ladbrokes/Betvic
Good luck all