A WIN for Awesometank and a place for Staxton were good enough for me to wash my face last Saturday and Dolos was also unlucky in 2nd place in his race.
Hopefully a few of you also followed my advice with Withhold as a fallback option who absolutely bolted up in the Cesarewitch.
This weekend sees the culmination of the flat season in the UK with Champions Day at Ascot but I also have a few horses of interest running over the jumps as things start to pick up on that front and I have one at Catterick that cannot go unbacked.
1.10 Market Rasen
The first fancy is MALINDI BAY who went in the notebook in September and then disappointed last time out. There was clearly something amiss last time and of course there are no guarantees that she will come good now but I'm hoping the introduction to hurdles will make a difference and if she hadn't had that stinker last time she would be much closer to favouritism here. If she bounces back then the 11/1 will look silly.
Big Orange was magnificent for us at Royal Ascot but he has no interest in this soft ground today and I can't back him. For me it is a choice between Order of St George and STRADIVARIUS so with the current prices it's a no brainer. Stradivarius is still improving and this trip should be perfect for him.
BATEEL is the best horse here and should be closer to even money in my book. Ground and trip are ideal whilst others have question marks. Very straightforward win bet here for me.
GREEN DOOR sparked back into life last time out when finishing third in a solid race during the week. He drops another 1lb in the handicap and with the soft ground ideal for him I can see him running a massive race today. Catterick might be off the beaten track today with some huge flat races at Ascot but don't forget to back this lad.
OH THIS IS US isn't perhaps the most obvious one in this race and we have to go all the way back to April to allow me to make a case for him with his 2nd place in the Lincoln. He was backed off the boards that day as Ryan Moore racked up win after win right through the card and the bookies were terrified that they would lose a fortune on multiples with another Moore winner in the last race. Thankfully for the bookies he was pipped by Bravery.
Since that day Oh This Is Us won twice and then has had a quiet few months but his handicap mark has dropped to an appealing mark and crucially Ryan Moore is back on board. Soft ground is a but of an unknown to be honest but I think he will handle it ok and with Moore back in the plate I can see the horse finishing out the season on a high at a cracking big price.
- 1.10 Market Rasen – Malinda Bay- 1pt e/w at 11/1 with Coral and BetVictor
- 1.25 Ascot – Stradivarius – 2pt e/w at 8/1 with William Hill and Boylesports
- 2.40 Ascot – Bateel – 4pt win at 9/4 with Paddy Power and Bet365
- 3.30 Catterick – Green Door – 2pt e/w at 13/2 with Ladbrokes and Coral (both paying 4 places)
- 4.30 Ascot – Oh This Is Us – 2pt e/w at 18/1 with William Hill and Ladbrokes (both paying 5 places)