A good day today with ten points of profit from three points staked. It could have been ever better had one of the punts of the years so far been landed, but it wasn't quite to be for Some Catch.
The winner came from the first bet of the day, Borero (1pt) at 12/1, in the 2.00 at Wetherby. Mick Easterby's 8yo had been underperforming recently but apparentlytreatment on a back injury had given him an extra spring in his step, and he stayed on really gamely to win at 17/2, after being matched in-running at the (it seems now) huge price of 320. In recent weeks, we've had one winner at 1000 in running, another 1000 get within a whisker of winning with a late run, and then today. It's probably no coincidence that some of these punted-on types will continue to be urged forward despite seemingly out of contention (with the right jockey on board of course), if they've been told the money's down and that a big run's expected. Perhaps something to keep in mind in the year ahead.
Next up we had Blazing Diva (1pt) who put in an altogether less eventul effort in the 3.40 at Wetherby. Advised at 10/1, we got the edge again with Sandy Thomson's mare starting at 7/1, but she ended pulled up.
Finally we had the very well supported Some Catch (1pt) in the, advised at 16/1, who would continue to be backed into 9/2 second favourite in the 4.15 at Wetherby. Clearly plenty was expected on his handicap debut and in fairness he ran pretty well, but a couple of key jumping errors made his job all the more difficult and he could only get fourth. Ironically given all the money about that Some Catch's stablemate, King Benny won the race at odds of 13/2.
A cracking start to the week all told, and like we always say if we can continue to beat SP with the majority of picks then the winners will find themselves.
Confirmation of results with prices:
Borero, 1st/9, 12/1 --- 17/2
Blazing Diva, PU/6, 10/1 --- 7/1
Some Catch, 4th/11, 16/1 --- 9/2
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