Looking back at the runners yesterday first, I thought Guitar Pete ran a very good race to come second, but ultimately it appears Born Survivor is still well handicapped enough to win races. Cracking Find also ran a nice race and like I said yesterday, I’m sure he will be winning races this season. Love At Dawn was never going, and Blue Hussar ran nicely for a long way before dropping off after a couple of mistakes and then finishing well, so who knows what will happen with him, one day things will go his way.
Onto today and the feature race of this two-day meeting is the Charlie Hall but actually it looks to be one of the poorest on the card tomorrow. Just four go to post and this is as close to sub-standard as it could possibly be. This is a long way from the entries we saw and got excited about on Monday.
In the opener, my eye is drawn to Lord County, a horse who is on the up and reverts back to fences today after a positive spell over hurdles. He has only one chase run to his name, and that was in France so this horse doesn’t have much experience. However, we saw plenty of him over hurdles last season, and there was a lot to suggest the horse would improve even further this season. He won off 115 to end his season in April, and comes back here off 119, there is certainly room to work with that mark, I’m sure of it. The race looks competitive, but Lord County could have a bit in hand here, and is a very interesting horse back over fences today.
Absolutely Dylan probably didn’t beat much on his chasing debut, but he impressed me a lot, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him progress over fences and win his fair share this season. He’s only five, and going up against horses that are at least two years older than him, and have a lot more experience than him, so this is certainly going to be a test. He isn’t a big play, but he really impressed me last time, and deserves following as he grows into a chaser.
Not overly fussed about this one, looks a match between Lady Buttons and Irish Roe, I like the former out of the two.
Certainly a substandard renewal, but still a race to take a look at. Black Corton will go off favourite if the market tonight is anything to go by, but I’m not convinced by his chances myself. Something I really don’t like is when a trainer states the horse has a main target, and that is after the race I’m taking a look at. Paul Nicholls has already said that he will go to the Ladbroke Trophy, which makes me think this race will be part of the preparation for that, meaning the horse won’t be 100% ready.
Double Shuffle has a couple of form pieces that are very good in the context of this race, but they are one-offs, and the horse hasn’t won since december 16. He always seems to find one or two too good for him, that may happen again today. Virgilio will absolutely love the ground, and comes here with the most recent run, so could well be the fittest of them all. However, it certainly would be a substandard renewal if he was to win this.
That all leaves Definitly Red, who finished third in the race last season. He didn’t like the ground that day, and although this may be a little too quick for him, it will probably suit more than the soft ground from last season. He is more than capable of running in this grade, and although he has a penalty to carry, he deserves that and could still come out on top here. I’m a big fan of Definitly Red, I’ve said it before, but the way the race has cut up, this looks as though it is there for him to win.
Can’t see anything stopping Wholestone here.
Enjoy the day, and be lucky with your bets!