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It was an up and down weekend last week. Frodon jumped like a champion and battled hard to the finish, he looked beat once he jumped the last but he fought back and got his head in front.
Cadzand was my selection on the Sunday. He travelled not badly but was pushed to close a fair bit out and unfortunately had a nasty fall at the last. As expected he broke a leg and was put to sleep as a result. The sad and unfortunate side to racing.
I’m of to Goodison Park on Saturday to hopefully watch Rafa turn this bad lot around so I won’t have anything for Sunday but I do have one selection for tomorrow.
Goshen 3:35 – Wincanton 11/4
Goshen has turned into one of those unpredictable horses that has immense talent but also lacks consistency.
One thing he definitely has on his side is time. Still only a 5 year old he comes into this race as the youngest runner and still has scope to further his already impressive CV. He ran very well at Wincanton in February in the Kingwell Hurdle.
He ran a shocker in the Cheltenham festival last March in which he hung right badly to the point were he was basically uncontrollable for Jockey Jamie Moore. He then finished 5th at Punchestown. He raced quite keenly that day but was prominent enough to suggest it wasn’t a total shocker. Epantante, honeysuckle, abacadabras and Sharjah were all involved in that field so he was surrounded by top notch company.
Both Cheltenham and Punchestown tracks I don’t think suit him. He’s definitely more suited to the flatter side of things which allows him to use his nice turn of foot and speed. I’m hoping a return to the track that he last won at can spark him back into life.
You know what you’ll get with market leader Sceau Royal. He’s brilliant over fences/hurdles and travels beautifully into his races but at the age of 9 I think Goshen could have too much speed for him tomorrow given he shows up.
Good luck with Saturday's racing.