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Yesterday's selections were a tad disappointing, more of that is aimed at Farhh To Shy. She took a walk in the market, and a one point touched 4/1, so it gave the impression that the writing was on the walls. She was a little keen, and that was one of reasons why she showed little when the jockey asked the questions. As for One Hart, his head carriage was frustrating to watch, and he continued to try and lug to his right, which eventually costed him a place.
A horse who is increasingly becoming well-handicapped as each race goes on is, MARIE'S DIAMOND. I am fully aware that he isn't the same horse of recent years where he finished 3rd in the Queen Anne Stakes Group 1 at Royal Ascot (Do think he was flattered), but he is still a very capable animal, and shouldn't be overlooked.
There is a very strong possibility that this race will be ran at the pace that Marie's Diamond wants it to be, as on paper he is the most likely pace setter. With a weight of 10st 2lbs on his back it might put people off from backing him, as he could set this race up for a strong travelling type like Ajyaall. My argument against that is the fact that he is a very gutsy horse, and no matter how annoying this cliché is, he is a tough Mark Johnston horse, who is tough to pass.
In my opinion, Silvestre De Sousa is the best front running jockey in the weighing room. There are other jockeys who ride extremely well from the front, but in recent years on nearly all tracks, he is the man for a front running ride, and that is why Mark Johnston has used him in recent years for some of his horses when he's available. SDS is very strong, and does tend to get the fractions right, which suits Mark's horses to the ground. He gets on well with this horse, winning three times, and is the jockey who has ridden him the most.
For the majority of his career he has raced on ground either good or good-to-firm, but I don't think it means he doesn't handle the soft. He won on heavy ground on his debut, and has finished 3rd on Good-to-soft in a Group 1. If truth to be told, I don't think that was a very strong Group 1, but it's on his CV nevertheless and does rate as decent form in the grand scheme of things. So with the weather forecast suggesting soft ground could be coming, I don't think I will be too worried, as his pedigree suggests he should be fine on it too.
MARIE'S DIAMOND IS NOW A NON-RUNNER!
The replacement selection will be ALVEDISTON who races in the 1:40 at Yarmouth.
Unfortunately, there will be no write up for this selection due to me having no time to do so.
12:00 Newton Abbot - Race: 1
12:10 Hamilton - Race: 1
12:20 Roscommon - Race: 1