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Yesterday's selections were probably a tad unlucky if truth be told. I didn't actually get to watch the first race, but I've seen the finish and the final jump didn't do him any favours. I do think he'll win in his next race, so he'll be one for the tracker. As for the second, he's simply just not gone through and won his race. Oakley Brown delivered him perfectly and the horse just didn't fancy it when he hit the front.
In my opinion, this race is between two horses, and those horses are the ones with the chasing experience. Out of the two, I favour the side of REPRESENTING BOB, who should have more to come, and is still very unexposed and has a low rating so should be able to progress again.
Rintulla is the other horse I was referring to, and I think he will be the one to follow Representing Bob home. He is 1 from 9 over fences and that win came three runs ago. Since then he has unseated his rider and then finished 3rd. His most recent run is arguably up there for being his career best run, as he was beaten by a horse carrying a low weight and in good form. I think he will struggle carrying 11st 7lbs (with the jockey's claim) and giving away 10lbs to a horse like Representing Bob who clearly appreciated a switch to fences.
I actually managed to watch the selections first run over fences, as I was intrigued to see how Lost In Montmarte would run in that race. The latter named horse was a well gambled on horse when finishing behind a winning selection for this page, Richie Valentine, so I wanted to see how he'd run the time after, and he ran okay, but ultimately finished 3rd. I was impressed by the selection that day, especially when you consider it was his chase debut. He appeared to be tapped for a little speed, but he stayed on strongly and won quite comfortably in the end. I thought the track might not have suited, as it is quite a speedster track (Stratford) hence why he was ridden a little bit, but when I thought about it a little more, it was his first run in 175 days, so there was probably some ring rust and he wasn't 100%. With that run and experience over fences under his belt he should be firing to go, even though he has been hit with a 6lb hike in the weights.
I think The form of the race will work out quite well. Lost In Montmarte has already franked the form, winning a Class 3 by 9.5 lengths. The runner-up runs tomorrow at Bangor as well, and when I watched the race live at Stratford, I thought a drop back in trip would benefit that horse, so it's interesting they've opted for that decision too.
As for the other horses in the field, there is a lot of horses who are making their chase debuts, so the market will be a good guide.