We had five selections this weekend, three of them placed, and a couple could be considered a shade unlucky. Still for win only backers it means five points lost, so no consolation there!
It all started in the 12.40 at Ascot yesterday, where we put up Lordsbridge (1pt), at 5/1. After starting at 9/2 he was given a very difficult job when the eventual winner, Rougham, was allowed to steal about 20 lengths at the start. He could never get close, and finished well behind.
Then in the 2.10 at Wincanton, we had Theatre Dance (1pt) at 8/1. Nicely backed into 5/1 favourite at the off, Timmy Murphy put in one of usual "confident rides" as he just coaxed him into contention, but sadly it didn't work and he could only stay on into third, never getting near the front two, with a mistake two out not helping.
We had Le Burf (1pt) in the 3.25 at Wincanton next, at 11/2. Another well supported, he started 7/2 to repeat his success in the same race a couple of years ago. He was a little behind when he fell three out.
Finally for Saturday we put up Carrickboy in the 4.00 at Wincanton, at 5/1. After starting at 100/30, he was travelling nicely, when he was virtually brought down at the 8th fence. Aidan Coleman did really well to stay on board, losing his irons in the process. It was always going to be difficult after that and the fact he ran on into third, makes us wonder what would have happened with a clear round.
Today, just the one pick, What A Steel, at 7/1. Again we locked in the value with the horse going off at 9/2, and he ran well, travelling nicely and trading at just above evens before getting caught in a bit of interference before two out, which put him off his stride for a vital moment and he could only finish third, going down by just over three lengths.
So it was a pleasing weekend in terms of getting the value, and a few decent performances, but ultimately frustrating to not get a winner or two. Hopefully a good burst is just around the corner.
Confirmation of results with prices (Advised --- SP)
Saturday 23rd January
Lordsbridge, 4th/6, 5/1 --- 9/2
Theatre Dance, 3rd/12, 8/1 --- 5/1
Le Burf, 7th/9, 11/2 --- 7/2
Carrickboy, 3rd/9, 5/1 ---- 100/30
Sunday 24th January
What A Steel, 3rd/16, 7/1 ---- 9/2
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