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Well, Sunday was eventful, to say the least. In wasn't in my wildest dreams that a 200/1 shot would beat my fancy who became odds-on. Once his main market rival was paddling I thought it was going to be a steering job for Micheal Nolan, but fair play to the winner as that came out of nowhere.
Trelawne is more than likely done for me. He did us a favour on chase debut at Carlisle, but he is far too quirky. I don't think the ride was particularly great as I thought they'd make the running on him, and knowing he hangs to the left, why David Bass decided to whip him in his right hand which sent him further to his left, I'll never know. Shocking day, where there were a few more upsets, which goes to show heavy ground really does throw up some weird and whacky results.
Plumpton 2:45 – Prince Quali 7/4 (1pt, Bet365)
I'm not going to get too involved with the testing ground still lingering around, so I'm going back in with a horse I tipped up last time out on his first chase start for new trainer Robert Walford, and that is Prince Quali.
He ran in a Class 3 last time out at Wincanton, so this is theoretically a drop in class, even though the top weight is rated 122. At Wincanton he jumped nicely but seemed a bit one paced at the minimum trip of 2m, and he only managed to get rolling properly after jumping the final few fences. This is only an extra furlong, so it's not a complete emphasis on his stamina, but with the ground being soft and he is running over the extra furlong I think he is the one to be on, especially at the prices.
The Gary Moore horse is going to be strongly fancied given he is making his first start after a wind-op, the yard is also in red-hot form at the moment and on paper, his 2nd at Fontwell behind Hardy Fella looks decent, but in hindsight, it's not great form as the winner hasn't exactly gone on to do much since. I think Prince Quali's form is the best of recent form in the field, we know he handles the ground and his form in France was decent, with his last win coming over 2m 1.5F. Harry Kimber stays on board and takes off 3lbs, and if he reproduces the run of last time out which produced an RPR of 122, that should be too much.
Give Me A Moment would be a player in this if the ground was quicker as he is dropping down the handicap and as a result, he is dropping down the class of race. However, his form has all come on good ground and his form on anything else looks well below par. Alto Alto has to be respected, but he is on a 5lb higher mark than his last chase and hurdles win, with his most recent win over hurdles coming last time out. He does handle the conditions, but is he as well handicapped as Prince Quali? I don't think so.
- 2:45 pm