It was nice to finally get back on track with a couple of winners. Megan Lilly was the first, getting the job done at Chester following a couple of excellent efforts in defeat this season. She was the recipient of a perfect ride from Adam McNamara, sitting behind the pace before committing in the home straight and the response was exactly what was hoped for. It was a decent race and she can win again at some stage this season. Zwayyan also hit the back of the net as he came out on top of a protracted duel with the runner-up and it was a really good performance. How he moved on the ground leads me to believe better is to come.
Of the losers, Scorching Heat ran a storming race at headquarters and simply bumped into a live one who couldn't be backed with much confidence. He stumbled out of the stalls also and that didn't help, although he was beaten on merit so no complaints here for a change! Northgate Lad was poor in his race and didn't travel with any form of fluency. For whatever reason, he didn't show anything near his true form and it's a run to throw out altogether. An improvement can be hoped for soon and the form of Brian Ellison's yard will pick up as well. Last up came Buonarotti and he wasn't any good either. A more conventional track can help.
+5.00pts on the day.
Four bets for today. Timeless Art is the first and he's a horse I've had my eye on for a while. The betting market has previously suggested that he's well thought of and I don't think it'll take long for a win to come his way. Slemy is seemingly out of form but handled soft ground before and is a huge price to bounce back to form under David Nolan so willing to spend a point on him. One Boy is definite value versus the favourite and won't mind taking on a much smaller field than was the case when he ran in Ireland last month. The final bet is Compton Park; a well-handicapped old-timer. This trip will help and he has won before over the C&D.
3:30 - Timeless Art - 1.50pts @ 6/1 (General) - 4th @ 7/2; backed but seemed unable to act on the surface.
4:00 - Slemy - 1pt @ 25/1 (General) - 10th @ 28/1; ran like a one who is yet to come anywhere near form.
4:30 - One Boy - 1.50pts @ 5/1 (General) - 6th @ 9/2; real disappointment. Moved fine, then dropped out.
8:40 - Compton Park - 1pt @ 8/1 (General) - 9th @ 8/1; traded evens but the tactics were so very wrong.
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