Sunday, 24 October 2010

Eight days to go

A week tomorrow the service at will be officially launched with the first day of selections! We can't wait.

We continue our look back at notable days and results from 2010 today with a look back at our biggest priced advised winner of the year so far.

Spiritonthemount had had 25 runs before he headed to Bath on the day of 17th May, without success. The month before he'd been tried twice over hurdles without success, and had previously spent the year and a half before that racing over the all weather.

So when declared in this class six handicap at Bath, it was his first attempt on the level on turf since October 2008 (when he'd been tried over the same distance (2m1fur), and the same track as this particular day - only to come 7th of 8).

Priced up accordingly, Spiritonthemount was seen as a rank outsider, despite just the seven runners, but the support came early and we picked up on this being a live contender. Advised at 16/1, he would go on to be nicely backed into 10/1 by the time of the race.

William Carson kept him up with the pace for the first part of the contest but was under pressure early on. The in-running layers soon got stuck in and he appeared to be floundering at a high of 95 on Betfair. Going round the final bend he was put out wide and still under some pressure. But suddenly, a couple of furlongs out he began to pick up and stoutly stayed on in the closing stages to get up with about 100yards left of the race to record a brilliant victory.

A terrific, battling, game performance. On form alone it would have been very difficult to pick Spiritonthemount, but the money said a good deal and we were able to get a price which locked in the value. Then the horse did his job and the money was landed. The result really summed up how the market can be such an astute guide to a horse's chances, as long as you know what to look for.

In ten races since, Spiritonthemount hasn't won again, although last week came third in a maiden hurdle race at Worcester, hopefully he'll win again soon!

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