BBOTD – June 29th

James Boyle
June 29, 2012

Prince Of Sorrento ran his heart out at Newcastle yesterday, getting the better of the Ellison runner in a prolonged battle before just failing to hold off the fast-finishing winner, who got up in the last stride to beat him by a nose. That pretty much sums up how the last four weeks have gone for us but July is just around the corner and should provide a good opportunity to get back on track. This was a cracking run and he just wasn't good enough on the day. Yet another rise in the ratings await, and I will be leaving him alone now.

-2.00pts on the day. Form of last 10 selections; 7-0-5-0-7-5-0-0-3-2 (0 winners & 2 places).

Plenty of flat meetings today but very few worthwhile betting opportunities, in my opinion of course. I have managed to find one, at Folkestone of all places, though it's a bet that comes with oceans of risk due to the yard that the selection represents (market will show their intentions). The price is playable anyway and she'll run well if tuned to do so. We're jinxed at the moment, but it'll surely swing back in the right direction at some point soon and we'll be happy out then. Have a very good day folks and take it easy. Best of luck.


3:55 Folkestone - Bless You - 2pts @ 14/1 (General)

Decent enough money up for grabs in this 6f sprint and there should be absolutely no hanging about, with plenty of potential pace-setters lining up. Bless You is a very speedy type herself, but should relish getting a nice toe into this on what is likely to be fast ground. Henry Candy's 4-year-old filly is lightly-raced, having just run on 7 occasions to date and there's surely a bit more to come yet. She certainly hasn't shown up too well in both runs this season, but each of them came on ground with plenty of give underfoot and she is a fast ground filly in my eyes. The handicapper has dropped her by 3lbs, to a mark of 80, and she was a length behind a progressive Chris Wall filly over 5f at Sandown off 82 last season, when caught wide and not getting any cover. It was an effort worth marking up and came on what was her first run in a handicap, one that showed her to be a useful sprinter in the making. 6f at a course like this when they go fairly quick should be well within her range when the ground is on the fast side and she could run a very big race if readied. I'm always wary of backing Henry Candy's runners, as the market will usually tell you the chance that they have but he does well when coming down to Folkestone (10-53) and has an overpriced runner in the shape of this class-dropping filly, who should be coming to herself now having had those two runs. 14/1 is on the large side despite stall 5 not being an ideal sit and she's worthy of the usual sized support.


Result - 8th @ 8/1; Ran a nothing race. May need a flat track and a bend.