Thursday, 23 June 2011

Back a few steps

Well, fresh from hitting a new high for 2011, the racing gods, as they have a habit of doing, reminded us not to get too carried away, with seven points dropped in the last couple of days.

Let's start yesterday where we had:

TIME COURSE SELECTION 1pt/2pt win Bookmaker(s) / Price(s)
1.50 Worcester Pipers Song 1pt 7/1 generally 15/2 VC 8/1 Hills/Totesport/Boylesports
2.00 Carlisle Byronic Hero 1pt 8/1 generally bog 9/1 VC/Stan James
3.50 Salisbury Nazreef 1pt 6/1 generally bog 13/2 PP/Skybet 7/1 Bet365
6.10 Bath One Hit Wonder 1pt 9/2 Hills/VC/Bluesq/Boylesports
Pipers song went off at 7/1 and ran well. He was a bit keen early on but moved smoothly into contention before a series of mistakes at the last two or three flights put pay to his challenge. A little bit of a case of what might have been there.

We were possibly a shade unlucky with Byronic Hero (7/1sp) - very green before hand he had to be walked to the post riderless, and then stood still as the gates opened - before putting in a very promising display to go down by just over a couple of lengths.

Nazreef was another to put in a decent performance, after starting at 6/1, beaten just over a couple of lengths in fourth..

One Hit Wonder was a bit off the pace and finished strongly but couldn't get near the winner, after going off at 9/4 in a depleted field.

On to today and we had:

TIME COURSE SELECTION 1pt/2pt win Bookmaker(s) / Price(s)
3.10 F Las Hoof it Harry 1pt 5-1 W Hill, Lads, Boyle, 9-2 others
3.20 Newc Prince of Dance 1pt 11-2 W Hill, Lads, VC, 6-1 B365
3.30 Warw Picabo 1pt 5-1 general BOG, 11-2 W Hill

Hoof It Harry went off at 9/2, and was going along fine until unseating his rider at the sixth.

Prince of Dance put in a gutsy performance, going into second some way from home, and did his best to reel back the leader but couldn't quite manage it, going down a neck after starting at 7/1.

Picabo went off at 7/2 and was thought to be undone by her draw in the end, being forced to race in the centre in the final stages and possibly getting caught in the less favourable ground. A frustrating way to end a frustrating 20 minutes!

Confirmation of results with prices (advised --- SP):

Tuesday 22nd June 2011

Pipers Song, 3rd/14, 8/1 --- 7/1
Byronic Hero, 4th/12, 7/1 --- 7/1
Nazreef, 4th/13, 7/1 --- 6/1
One Hit Wonder, 4th/7, 9/2 --- 9/4

Wednesday 23rd June 2011

Hoof It Harry, UR/6, 5/1 --- 9/2
Prince Of Dance, 2nd/13, 11/2 --- 7/1
Picabo, 8th/12, 5/1 --- 7/2

So a tough couple of days although most of our selections ran with some credit, and we're left with a slight feeling of frustration not to get any rewards. Maybe we'll get them tomorrow!

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