We've a varied and interesting list of bets for today, with A/W & jumps action at all four of the UK meetings on show. Let's see how this lot get on....
Try It Sometime - Not many of these will go on the testing ground today and stay well enough to win. This 9yo is inconsistent and unreliable, but at the same time nicely handicapped, well weighted on 10st 6lb today and with conditions to suit, 16/1 looks a fair price to take a chance that he warms to the task under Mark Quinlan.
Moojaned/Tempuran - Moojaned was my angle into the race under a tidy female apprentice in the shape of Katherine Glenister, who has impressed me with her riding style and is good value for her 7lb claim. This could be the time to catch Moojaned in the frame of mind to win again and 7/1 is a decent price. I didn’t plan on adding another into the mix, but Tempuran is just too big at 16/1, a course winner who stays well, he has useful hurdles form to his name and while this trip might be on the sharp side, they’re likely to go a good gallop. Hopefully having this pair on side can produce a profit from the race.
Spring Loaded - 4-3-7 record at Kempton and produced a fast time when winning at Wolverhampton on Boxing Day. A reproduction of that effort along with having the fitness edge, can be the deciding factor against the Godolphin hotpot.
Steely Addition/Torhousemuir - Travelled well and despite a few novicey errors, jumped very well under Daryl Jacob on his hurdling debut at Wincanton. He was outpaced by quicker horses but looked to have plenty left in the tank at the finish and Hugo Froud’s 5yo looks sure to run his race. I couldn’t resist a few quid on Torhousemuir at 66/1, who posted a decent effort to be 5th at Huntington two starts back. He didn’t build on that next time out, but the horse is a huge price for trainer Sam Thomas and Richie McLernon and if he stays upright he may not be terribly far away.
….As for the two selections at Newcastle, I think Lewis Edmunds is one of the more promising apprentices and his 7lb claim on both his rides there today makes their already solid chances a little more interesting.
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