We had no runners today, with only the meeting at Doncaster being the jumps action. It was a decent little card, but despite a fairly lively morning market nothing which ticked the boxes as far as we were concerned.
Yesterday, at Leicester, we had a collection of good performances but sadly none ending up in the winners' enclosure.
First up in the 1.00 we put up Ezdiyaad (2pt), at 7/1. Going off at 15/2 he was most disappointing and finished well beaten in a first time tongue-tie.
A big priced selection next, Red Law (1pt) in the 1.30. Advised at 20/1 with b.o.g bookies he actually went off at 33/1 and put up a decent performance under top weight. Given the odd reminder, and coming off and on the bridle, he approached three out still bang in contention but a couple of poor jumps just at the wrong moment really didn't help. He still stayed on nicely though to finish a clear third and nicely reward those who prefer to play each way. On another day he really may have won, but there we are.
Another placed effort next, in the shape of Pocket Too (1pt) in the 2.00. Advised at 7/1, he started a well backed 9/2, but couldn't get close to the clear winner, finishing just touched off for second in third place.
Sandynow (2pt) was our selection in the 3.30, put up at 9/1 Really nicely backed into 11/2 in the intriguing novices chase, he was right there half a mile from home, but faded disappointingly to finish fourth of four.
And then came the most frustrating race of the day, the finale, the 4.00. We advised Rushwee (1pt) at 11/2, who drifted to 15/2 before the off and then put in a cracking performance, still full of running, leading, and trading at shorter than 1/3 in running when the horse met the second last all wrong, over reached, and threw Matt Crawley off. A reminder of how tough this game can be!
Two interesting looking jumps meetings tomorrow, at Catterick and Hereford both with seven race cards, so hopefully a few more opportunities to push on. There's an inspection at Hereford because so fingers crossed the action gets the go ahead.
Confirmation of results with prices (advised --- sp)
Ezdiyaad, 8th/11, 7/1 --- 15/2
Red Law, 3rd/10, 20/1 --- 33/1
Pocket Too, 3rd/11, 7/1 --- 9/2
Sandynow, 4th/4, 9/1 --- 11/2
Rushwee, UR/9, 11/2 --- 15/2
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