Another winner on Saturday with Hurry Home Poppa landing the spoils at Doncaster at the healthy price of 9/2. I advised it at 4/1, so that’s what will go on the stats, but hopefully like me you had a bet with a bookie offering a Best Odds Guarantee. Sadly Exchequer couldn’t land the double for us despite running well and disputing the lead for much of the way, and just finishing fourth despite my belief that it wouldn’t be out of the frame. Can’t be right all the time, though, yet still a profit made on the day.
I said on Saturday that I would have no bet on Sunday, and should have stuck to that, but on discovering that a friend had a runner at Goodwood my interest was aroused, and a couple of phone calls later, I was in the game. This only served to demonstrate two indisputable facts 1.Your gut instincts are seldom wrong, and 2. Owners are the worst people to ask about their horses’ chances. Just be grateful I put nothing on here!
Not much to get excited about on Monday 6th so I am posting this early and will have only one small bet. In line with my usual philosophy it will be in a pretty bad race. I am taking Testa Rossa (Ayr, 3.00pm) to get the better of some fairly undistinguished rivals in a race where only a few have ever been able to get their noses in front. The early market seems to have taken a liking to Indian Giver, on the strength of its 3 length second last time out, but it has not won for a good while and is no certainty to build on that. To be fair, there are two or three other past winners in the race, but not much standout form in the recent past, so I will side with local trainer Jim Goldie to take the spoils with his gelding, who has been pretty consistent over this trip, and has only really run below par when upped to a mile and a half. I will be risking only a small amount, so Testa Rossa (Ayr 3.00pm) 1pt WIN is the bet today at the freely available 5/1.