I could get used of this whole picking winners craic! Eton College ensured it would be a Super Saturday in landing my 14/1 selection in the 7f handicap and that was despite everything panning out differently to how I wanted, with regard to his mid-race positioning anyway. No matter where he raced from, he was levels above them and if Johnston can keep him sweet, he'll pop up again in an even better handicap.
Good Luck Fox ran a storming race to place at 28/1. Sadly, showing his absolute best down the middle of the track probably wasn't possible and if he was nearer the rail, who knows what might have happened. He's one to follow. Son And Sannie wasn't great but again showed tons of pace and will probably come on for it, whilst there was a mediocre run from Alright Sunshine after being punted. I'll be keeping an eye on both.
Thanks to everyone who visited the site over the weekend - hit upon some surprisingly good viewing numbers but I'll happily take it! Fingers crossed for lots more winners, although again I will stress only circa 12-15% of my bets win in any given season and the average price is around 10/1 so there will be lots of losing runs and losing bets! If you want to follow in the longer term, be prepared for some miserable times.
*** - Selection added at 11.00am.
Tim Easterby's yard usually don't peak until later on but Boardman won his maiden in France after a longer break and it's not impossible that he could repeat the trick. This will be his third outing for Easterby as he had a couple of spins at the backend of last season and both of them contained some promise, especially his Chester run over 7f when slowly away and denied a clear passage through. A soft ground mile at York (in a 0-100) was too much for him next time and back at 7f on a better surface, he should be a lot more comfortable. I think the straight track won't be a problem and he'll be winning sooner than later off 77. Hopefully it'll be this race and if he's fit enough to do himself justice, there's a good chance it could be.
Gale Force Maya has let me down on a few occasions, albeit not through a lack of trying as she's a tough mare who grinds away. Granted, when she was last seen there wasn't much grinding going on as she finished last over 7f at Musselburgh but may have gone off the boil or been amiss. The fact that the cheekpieces worn there are retained would suggest connections don't think they were a problem and back at 6f on better ground, she is more likely to run to her true level. She won on debut in 2018, won first time out on her handicap debut in 2019 and was a good third at Doncaster on her 2020 return, so going well fresh isn't a problem for her. Off 86, there's no reason why she can't be getting the better of this lot.
David Barron has long been one of my favourite trainers and no shortage of his horses have been well-punted in recent times, which makes me think the string must be in good order at home. Joshua R is one of the more unexposed types in the yard and it'll be interesting to see if he can be brought back onto the straight and narrow, as he lost his form badly last term after a promising beginning. His best run by some way came on his seasonal return, finishing second in a decent Pontefract maiden and if he could post the RPR achieved that day (79), he'd have a huge chance here. I've got no idea whether he can get to that level but it's possible and any of the double-figured quotes on offer make enough appeal to take a punt.
Speed Of Life hinted at having some ability in a couple of her 7f novice runs last year and confirmed that there's a race or two in her when fifth on handicap debut at Wolverhampton a few weeks ago. A wide draw didn't help her cause there and the early fight for positioning probably didn't work in her favour either. Despite that, it was an encouraging spin round, as she kept galloping to the line and hit it hard enough. Given her size and way of moving, switching over to a straight track can prove to be a positive and she might come on fitness-wise for what was a first outing in 146 days. Any of the prices above 6/1, I'm happy to take and if she can get a handier sit than last time, we should be on a lively contender.
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