IT looked for all the world like Remiluc was going to get his nose in front at 100-1 last Saturday but we had to make do with 3rd place.
It was a decent return all the same and helped cover the cost of some near misses elsewhere including two out of three in my win treble. This week we have another three selections that I'm combining into doubles and trebles plus some other fairly confident selections. The racing in general looks like good fun despite some small fields so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it goes ahead.
Have a listen to the Gambla Racing Podcast if you can where we discuss each of the races:
In the first televised race on ITV I'm forgiving the 3rd placed finish for DANNY WHIZZBANG last time out because he was badly hampered by the fall of his stablemate Master Tommytucker which knocked him out of his rhythm. This race has 4 runners who won last time out including Pym but the value bet for me is Danny Whizbang at the current prices.
This looks like a race where everything is set up for THE WORLDS END. He likes the ground, is a course winner and is in excellent form, beating L'Ami Serge nicely last time out. He looks a rock solid favourite to me with question marks over his opponents who are all rated inferior to The Worlds End and I can only see his odds shortening.
As things stand we have 8 runners going to post for this one and if that remains the case (several runners have alternative entries) then I really fancy JEPECK to at least hit the frame. This promises to be a tough test of stamina in the conditions and Jepeck's low weight will be an advantage. He has hit the form of his life despite now being an 11 year old and I think can continue to take advantage of this purple patch in a race where several of them have questions to answer.
2.45pm Wincanton (Meeting OFF due to weather)
As a 5 year old QUEL DESTIN is entitled to improve again this season and he had arguably his best race yet last time out when he beat Call Me Lord at Sundown. That was in heavy ground and today's conditions will be more suited to Quel Destin than his main rivals Ch'tibello and Elgin in my view. A repeat of his win last time should be enough on this occasion and I think he is a big price at current odds.
This is an intriguing race and my eye was drawn to Nordano, The Con Man and EDEN DU HOUX as the three potential improvers in the field. I am going for the latter of those as my choice in a competitive race in part because of his solid bumper and point-to-point form which suggests that he will improve again for this step up in trip. He showed a good attitude to win last time on heavy ground and the front two were 24 lengths clear of the rest of them.
I went back and forth between GERONIMO and LORD DU MENSIL as the two standout choices for me in this race and in the end I have decided to back both of them. Geronimo is a horse that we backed last time out when he ran well in heavy ground at this track and I think the extra few furlongs today will play to his strengths. He should be shorter than his current double figure odds. Lord Du Mensil is in great form and has two wins on the trot here at Haydock in these sort of conditions. He has to improve a bit again to win this but he has loads going for him compared to many of the hours and I'll be surprised if he isn't in the top three.
I'm not necessarily recommending a win single in this race but I think that CYRNAME should be more like 1-4 than the 2-5 that is wildly available so if you like a short priced one then fill your boots. Personally I am going to do doubles and trebles with Worlds End and Quel Destin. I'll do 3 x 2pt win doubles and a 2pt win treble.
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