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We continue our look back at notable days/results/goings on from 2010 today, with three of the biggest market moves which landed. There have obviously been quite a few of these this year, but these are some of the key ones.
1) Date: 19th March; Track: Fakenham; Selection: Bromhead.
Bromhead, a four year old hurdler, headed to Fakenham for a selling handicap hurdle, looking for his first win since landing a maiden on the all weather at Lingfield in January the previous year. He had been given a mark of 84 and was having his first crack at a handicap, and only his second race since joining Kevin Morgan.
Clearly there was a good deal of confidence behind this move into handicap company, as he was the subject of a good move in the morning, and was put up as a 2pt selection at 9/1.
Bromhead opened on track at 7/1 and that's when the money really came. Backed as if losing was out of the question, he shortened right down to 10/3 before post time.
The race itself was a straight forward affair. Racing a good deal of the race in midfield, he was always in touch with James Reveley. As things started to get serious, he was in contention and took things up with two flights left to jump. Going up to the last he showed a good turn of foot to power into a large lead and was unchallenged at the last, to win in the end by 15 lengths.
2) Date: 16th April; Track: Newbury; Selection; Klammer
A completely different profile for another notable, successful move now, with Jane Chapple-Hyam's two year old Klammer making his racecourse debut in a reasonably hot looking maiden at Newbury. Only one other horse had seen a track before. The market can obviously be a massive guide in this sort of contest, and on this particular morning in April Klammer was the one for us.
Put up at big prices in the morning, we were on board at 12/1. Support continued to come before the horse made it on course, and he opened on track at 7/1. Still the money came, and in the end he went off the 9/2 co-second favourite of three.
Klammer wasn't the smartest away in this five furlong race, and went notably right. Before long he was being pushed along and was seemingly struggling, backed at 30 in running. But in the closing stages we saw why the money had come all day, as he was switched and powered home, to get up by a head as the line approached.
Unfortunately, one of the other 9/2 shots was withdrawn at the start so the r4 meant that we only got 9/1 for our money. Still, a cracking performance to cap a notable, successful market move.
Klammer returned to Newbury last week to win a Group 3 over 7 furlongs. There was no question the stable knew this was a talented type back in April, and it was nice to be involved.
3) Date: 13th July; Track: Yarmouth; Selection: Yorgunnabelucky
Mark Johnstone's Yorgunnabelucky had actually been a selection the month before, in a race at Ripon. Quite nicely backed that day, the Giant's Causeway colt had drifted a little on track and finished fourth of nine.
At Yarmouth though, less than a month later, the money really came. We were on board when the price hit 11/2 and the selection opened on track at 4/1. Still the cash poured on and he ended up starting at 5/2 second favourite.
The selection was pushed into the lead early on for this ten furlong contest, and was rousted along to stay there. When he was joined a furlong from home it looked like he may have been in some trouble, but then he kicked on again to be well in command by the finish by two and a half lengths.
A selection which more than halved in price, and then did the business in good style.
All in all, three highlights from this year, although there have been many more similar. We're really looking forward to unearthing plenty more in the months ahead.
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