No joy with last week's two bets, Alfred Hutchinson getting absolutely no luck in-running being quite an annoyance! Adam Kirby had plenty of horse underneath and it could have got interesting, certainly for those who went each-way and possibly for the rest of us on win-only. He will be winning sooner rather than later but I doubt 16's will be as readily available. Boom The Groom ran a good race in the Listed Hever Stakes and have a feeling his turn is edging closer, which will be discussed further down the page!
Constantino has a question or two to answer, mainly his absence from the track having been missing in action since flopping at Haydock in September and he's one you'd think Richard Fahey would have targeted for a campaign on the All-Weather. His form achieved on artificial surfaces is much superior to anything turf runs have yielded but presumably he's a horse with soundness issues as shown by a few different gaps in the 5-year-old's thirteen-race career. Regardless of why he hasn't been out yet this winter, I don't have many worries when it comes to his ability to go well fresh and both of his C&D runs to date have yielded excellent second place finishes, one of which was very unlucky not to end in victory. With more fortune in-running from a good draw in 3, he can trouble the market leaders (if anywhere near fit) and is overpriced at 9's.
It might be worth taking another chance on Boom The Groom returning to winning ways now that he's back in handicap company. Tony Carroll's 7-year-old just couldn't live with the likes of Gracious John (1st) and Encore D'Or (2nd) when fourth in the Hever Stakes this time last week but was only beaten a couple of lengths and is now 5lbs better off with the runner-up. Racing a shade on the keen side wouldn't have helped his cause either and it was encouraging to see the selection keeping on well to the line up the straight, shaping as if close to the form required to be winning a race like today's once granted a proper pace scenario (they crawled in the Hever). Oisin Murphy taking over in the saddle is a positive given how well he has been riding over the winter and, interestingly, it's his only mount on the card.
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