Friday, 22 July 2011

Up a couple, down a couple

A couple of steps forward, then a couple back in these last two days.

Let's start yesterday where we had:

TIME COURSE SELECTION 1pt/2pt win Bookmaker(s) / Price(s)
3.30 Uttoxeter Youngstown 1pt 5/1 generally some 11/2 Stan James 6/1 Bet365
4.50 Bath What Katie Did 1pt 5/1+generally inc. 11/2 Lads/Bet365 6/1 Totesport/Betfred
7.35 Folkestone Whitstable Native 1pt 7/1+generally inc. 8/1 Lads/PP/Boyle/Sky/Tote/Betfred
9.00 Doncaster Plattsburgh 1pt 9/2 generally 5/1 Boyle/Betfred/Totesp

Youngstown was looking to follow up a win at Stratford but never looked like doing it, finishing 5th after going off at 9/2.

The rain had been falling for ages by the time What Katie Did race, and she didn't seem to enjoy the conditions, at least that's a possible reason for her very tame effort, finishing well back after going off at 5/1.

Whitstable Native seemed to be stuck behind a couple of rivals for a good two furlongs without being able to get out to challenge, pretty annoying, after he was well backed into 4/1. Whether he'd have won is open to debate though.

So it was left to Plattsburgh, who (incredibly, in hindsight) hit highs of 130 as he was being rousted along by Kieren Fallon. He was never that far away despite seemingly not travelling that well, and he powered clear to win comfortably in the end, after going off at 4/1. A great Fallon ride.

On to today and we had:

TIME COURSE SELECTION 1pt/2pt win Bookmaker(s) / Price(s)
4.20 Thirsk Black Pond 1pt 5/1 generally some 11/2 Totesport/Betfred
4.30 Ascot Pipette 1pt 9/1+generally inc. 10/1 Lads 11/1 VC/Stan James/Skybet
6.00 York Another For Joe 1pt 5/1 generally

We had two run for us, with Another For Joe a non runnner.

Black Pond drifted to 8/1 at the off, and then ran absolutely no race at all, not appearing to stay and was hammered.

Pipette performed a lot better. We're pricing her up at an advised 8/1 (which also ended up being her SP) as her price was tumbling as the email was sent. All academic really, as she finished fourth, although it was a bad display. Ridden out the back for a while, she came with a lovely turn of foot and looked for a moment like she might be able to quicken into the lead, but her run flattened out a tad and she could finished just out of the frame.

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

Thursday 22nd July 2011

Youngstown, 5th/9, 5/1 --- 5/1
What Katie Did, 8th/9, 11/2 --- 5/1
Whitstable Native, 6th/7, 8/1 --- 4/1
Plattsburgh, 1st/9, 5/1 --- 4/1

Friday 23rd July 2011

Black Pond, 4th/4, 5/1 --- 8/1
Pipette, 4th/11, 8/1 --- 8/1

So when all's said and done we're level for the last couple of days. It's been a bit like that for July, and much of June too to be fair. No great drops and no huge surges forward. We've still been getting some cracking value with a lot of our runners these last few weeks, and our turn will inevitably come again at some point.

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