Progeny of Scorpion have their quirks but they often respond well to headgear. Had we bet the sire’s handicap chase runners in first-time cheekpieces we would have won seven of our 25 bets (28% strike-rate) and made a profit of £21.83 to a £1 level stake at SP. ALL IS GOOD was pulled up at Taunton last week but his two other runs since wind surgery had seen him run third in a two-mile novices’ handicap chase at Huntingdon and a close second at Leicester. He’s taken to bounce back to that sort of form when he returns to Huntingdon for the racingtv.com Chase (3.15).
Marco Botti’s PETTIFOGGER has failed to win in four starts since arriving in Britain from Italy but has had excuses – he raced too close to the strong early pace when sixth at Doncaster, had the worst of the draw in stall 11 of 11 when well held in Class 2 company at Chelsmford, pulled hard when ridden patiently off a very steady pace at Wolverhampton and was then badly drawn when a respectable fourth to Pinnata at Kempton. That latest effort has worked out well, the winner has gone in again since and is now rated 12lb higher, the five-length runner up went one better at 8-1 next time and the third made the frame in her next three starts. Pettifogger has been gelded since and looks worth chancing at a big price in the 7f Bet totetrifecta At Totesport.com Handicap at Chelmsford (4.10). The drop down to Class 4 level will help, his yard is in good form (recent winners at 40-1 and 10-1, as well as placed horses at 16-1, 16-1 and 11-1) and the first-time hood might eke out some improvement.
All Is Good – Huntingdon 3.15 (1pt win, 9-2 generally)
Pettifogger – Chelmsford 4.10 (1pt each-way, 16-1 generally, including William Hill)