JBR – April 3rd

James Boyle
April 03, 2021

Sometimes putting your bets online is sheer and utter misery but the odd day is super enjoyable and All-Weather finals day was one of those! Summerghand kicked things off with a 6/1 winner in the sprint and it was nice to see him have another victory in a big race as he has been a credit to connections. On the more unexposed side of things, Diligent Harry made up for his defeat last time with an easy success. He's a lovely prospect and is around 16/1 for the Commonwealth Cup. Medicine Jack drifted to 17/2 over at Newcastle but got a lovely ride and just about held on to get an overdue win on his slate. Revolutionise was last up and halved in price but suffered from his track position and couldn't get any nearer than he was at the finish. Pity, as he would've been a major player if things went differently but that's racing!

+16.50pts on the day.

A fantastic first day of April's punting and it's lovely to remember how to pick a winner, or three! However, after getting plenty of hits on the site subsequent to them winning I want to stress - towards those less experienced punters - that not every day pans out as well and there will be lots of losing runs and downswings. The long-term aim is always to show a positive figure but winning every day won't happen.


1.50pm Musselburgh - Eton College - 1pt win @ 14/1 (General)

Eton College is in questionable form, no doubting that, but it's only a few months since he was punted off the boards at Chelmsford and presumably connections think they've something to work with from marks in the high 80's, so they'll be happy that he's 6lbs lower now off 82! Last time was a write-off altogether, hence his price now, but I think it might prove to be the case that he's not much use on the All-Weather as apart from one decent spin as a juvenile, he has been battered each time. His latest turf start came in September after 352 days off the track and he won that off 86. All ground seems to come alike, two months off since flopping over a mile (not his trip) will do no harm and despite the obvious risks - in that he might just be in rotten form, or gone at the game - 14/1 is a lovely price and if they don't go a million up top, he can get involved.


3.00pm Musselburgh - Son And Sannie - 1pt win @ 14/1 (General)

From a raw class point of view, Son And Sannie has got it all to prove being an 82 rated sprinter taking on horses as high as 107. However, he's unexposed for a 5-year-old after just ten career outings and only four of those since joining up with one of the best sprint handlers in Paul Midgley. It took a couple of runs before he found his feet but he was impressive in winning on his penultimate start at Wolverhampton in November and performed as well in defeat at Lingfield a few weeks later off this mark. Hopping back onto turf won't be a problem given the promise he showed in Ireland and I think he's just the type to thrive in these flat-out, speed track handicaps over the minimum trip. He'll need luck and all that jazz, but has struck an ideal draw in the highest stall and if the splits come, he might trouble the judge.


3.35pm Musselburgh - Alright Sunshine - 1pt win @ 10/1 (Bet365; 9/1 General)

Alright Sunshine has blanked since winning his final start of 2019 (won six times that year!) and Keith Dalgleish obviously had problems in getting him at his best last season, for all that he wasn't disgraced on a couple of occasions in quality races. A couple of spins over hurdles this year (ran well in second on the first occasion, outclassed in a Grade 2 after) should ensure that he's coming here somewhere close to peak fitness and he wouldn't be the first flat performer to strengthen up and improve for a spell over timber. This is the yard's winning-most track and you'd have to imagine that such a valuable race would be one they've targeted this fellow at. Off a mark of 99, I definitely think he can get competitive and with so many Mark Johnston horses in opposition, a proper pace to sit off should present itself.


4.11pm Musselburgh - Good Luck Fox - 1pt win @ 14/1 (General)

I could be barking up the wrong tree here as Good Luck Fox is drawn lower down than ideal and isn't far off being eligible for 0-60's, but the formerly 90 rated speedster caught the eye with how he moved through his race at Newcastle last time and could pop up soon. That came after 366 days off the track and given how he rallied after blowing up in the lead, I think he's going to come on for the run (as many of the yard's runners do anyway). Getting covered up and travelling off a hard gallop will suit, whilst when he does win again it's more likely to be at this sort of venue than stiffer tests like the one faced at Newcastle. At 14/1, I'll gamble!