Saturday, 1 January 2011

Slow start to 2011

So we're underway for 2011, but not a good start by any means, with a couple of unplaced efforts from our first two bets of the year.

First up we had Super Directa (1pt) in the 2.10 at Fakenham, at 7/1. This was an interesting performance, with him seemingly travelling well before hitting a hurdle about 3/4 mile from home or so. At that point he was briefly ridden by Leighton Aspell, who then chose to sit quietly and coast him home the rest of the race, to finish 5th in the end. Now it would be hard to argue that the horse would have been able to challenge the front pair, but he didn't actually finish that far behind given his extremely tender handling, so maybe one to look for in the future.

Our other selection was also at Fakenham, Ouest Eclair (1pt) in the 3.20, at 5/1. Ferdy Murphy's 6yo pulled a bit too hard early on and jumped poorly, and was soundly beaten.

Confirmation of results with sps:

Super Directa, 5th/12, 7/1
Ouest Eclair, PU/8, 11/2


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