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Yesterday was the best day for me for a long time as both selections won, which meant it was a very profitably day. Hopefully that was the start of good form, and today's selections will run well.
A horse who I've had in my tracker for a very long time, and I've been waiting for him to run in a handicap is ANNIES PRAYER. I liked his performance on hurdling debut where he finished 3rd at Ayr in a maiden hurdle, where he finished behind Alqamar, who I tipped up early into my stint as the tipper on this page. I thought he looked like a horse who would be one to follow when he entered handicaps, and today is the day he races in his handicap debut. His price is once again a lot shorter than I was hoping for, but I am willing to have a small play on him. I do believe a mark of 97 is on the low side for him, but the only query is his fitness. He's not been seen since finishing runner-up in May, which close to a 200 day absence, so his fitness needs to be taken on trust. The early market vibes are strong, and has been supported in from 9/2 to around 10/3 at the time of writing. I'd say that's more down to the fact that punters are latching on to his unexposed profile, and the fact he is a 4yo and taking on older horses who look much more exposed.
I think this could the time where they try again with SCOOP THE POT. It's bad to say that, but it's true, and it happens far too frequently in horse racing, which makes an already tough game, even tougher. Ben Haslam is notorious for it, and JP McManus sends all of his horses which are ‘out of form' and they eventually find their feet under Ben. This horse is no exception and his handicap mark plummeted in the past, and out of no where he'll win a race, and that race was this specific race 12 months ago. I do believe they will try and win it again, and the potential giveaway sign that this is on the cards is the return of the cheekpieces which have been off the last two times. He is a couple of pounds higher than when he won this race last year, but that shouldn't make a difference as he is that well handicapped on older pieces of form. If the money arrives, that will be a very positive sign, but once again, punters will probably be latching onto him for the same reasons I've stated. He should be race fit as he's had two runs so far this season, and even though he was beaten by wide margins, the first race wasn't all that bad.