IT'S a clean slate for Johnb in February as he looks to bounce back from a disappointing January.
He ended the month 30.67pts down and had a double-stake tip he hoped would get him off to a flier but his Nap/NB is now a non-runner.
Johnb's Monday Tips
Giovanni Di Bicci 11-8 bet365 NAP/NB (double stake) Non-runner
Perfect Alchemy 7-2 bet365
Giovanni Di Bicci & Perfect Alchemy 9.69-1 bet365
Giovanni Di Bicci (NAP/NB double stake)
Trainer Jim Boyle has joined the Lulu Stanford fan club as she has her first ride for him on Monday. Giovanni Di Bicci won well last time after 237 days off the track and after a wind operation , Adam Kirby was onboard that day and the horse won very impressively by four & a half lengths. Although this horse has had eight months off he is still only a 4yo so is still open to plenty of improvement.
He hadn’t shown a great deal previously but it just shows you what a wind operation can do for a horse , the connections knew the effect of the operation would have because he landed a bit of a gamble on Wednesday over this course and distance.
He has been raised 6lb for that win and is running against better horses than he did last time but we have Lulu Stanford taking off a valuable 7lb, so effectively Giovanni is running off 1lb lower than he did last time which also means he is running off bottom weight and carrying 21lb less than the top weight.
The trainer Jim Boyle could have found an easier race for this horse, but he is confident enough after his last run which was very impressive.
Giovanni Di Bicci is a bit short in price but he is the best bet of Monday where we could see a few favourites winning.