We're off and running for February then, but not the start we would have wanted with four selections not doing the business for us.
TIME COURSE SELECTION 1pt/2pt win Bookmaker(s) / Price(s)
1.50 Taunton Normally 1pt 6/1 Boylesports/Paddy Power
3.40 Folkestone Absolute Shambles 1pt 8/1 Lads
4.20 Taunton Beauchamp Viking 1pt 10/1 Bet365
4.40 Folkestone Meneur 1pt 5/1 Totesport/BetFred
Normally was outpaced but ran on again for his enthusiastic jockey and was a fast finishing third after starting at 4/1.
Absolute Shambles was another which continued to be nicely backed, with an 11/2 SP. His jumping was erratic to say the least though, and all faded out of things after racing prominently.
Beauchamp Viking was our biggest"value" success, with the selection going off at 11/2 at the off, almost half the odds we had. He was being scrubbed along early but began tanking along in the closing stages and looking a big danger, trading just above evens in running. Sadly a mistake three out, and then a worse one two out just knocked the stuffing out of him and despite running on again after pinging the last he had no chance on getting to the leader, finishing fourth just over six lengths adrift.
Meneur was a drifter and ran ok for a while before dropping out of contention.
Confirmation of results with prices (advised --- sp)
Normally, 3rd/15, 6/1 --- 4/1
Absolute Shambles, 4th/6, 8/1 --- 11/2
Beauchamp Viking, 4th/7, 10/1 --- 11/2
Meneur, 5th/7, 5/1 --- 8/1