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Tomorrow's racing looks good to watch, but looks very tough to be punting on, so I'm only going to be putting up the one selection.
As for yesterday's runners, the bumper horse travelled through the race like he was going to play a big part in the finish, but ultimately it looked like he tired late on. He still looks a nice horse for the future, and one I will be keeping an eye on. As for the other selection, the slow pace which was set definitely didn't help his chances, resulting in a midfield finish.
A horse who has ran well before when fresh, and makes a return to racing with his trainer in flying form is, SOME CHAOS. This lad is now a 10yo, which means that he can compete in Veteran chases, like today. Despite being ten, he is still relatively lightly raced, with only 21 runs under his belt, which has seen him flourish as a chaser, winning five from eleven attempts.
His form appeared to take a dip towards the back end of the last season, but if you look into it more than just the bare numbers, it's not surprising. He is clearly not a good hurdler, which is shown by his record (0 wins from 8 attempts), so the two runs in March which saw him get beat by 28L & 35L isn't a great surprise. Those runs were clearly prep runs for the Scottish National, which he was eventually pulled up in, but you can definitely look past that run. That was his first ever attempt at that kind of trip (4m), with his closest attempt being over 3m 2f, which he won. I'm going to take a stab in the dark and say that he wasn't suited by that marathon trip, and it is a wise decision to send him back to a distance which he has had success over.
If you look at the form before his Scottish National attempt, and his prep runs over hurdles, it reads very well. He finished a good 3rd at this track last October, which saw him finish behind Secret Investor. Some Chaos saw his efforts rated as 144 by the Racing Post, which was 4lbs higher than his official rating at the time. The winner, saw his performance rated as 168, which was 15lbs higher than his rating. That horse then went on to win a Grade 2 at Newbury later on in the season, beating the likes of Clan Des Obeaux & Kalashnikov. Potterman, back in second when they met at Chepstow, also went on and won a Grade 3. The selection went on to win his next race in a Class 2, which produced a couple of subsequent winners. On his final start of 2020, he finished 5th in a Listed race, which has produced some winners and placed efforts.
The ground appears to be good, and there is no rain in sight (in every forecast I've checked), so Some Chaos should get his ground that he acts best on. He has also had a wind-op during the summer, which won't have done him any harm. Michael Scudamore has hit a good bit of form in the last 14 days, seeing him win 3 races from 10 runner, with an extra 3 placing.
12:00 Market Rasen - Race: 1
12:20 Catterick - Race: 1
12:25 Ascot - Race: 1