TIME COURSE SELECTION 0.5pt/1pt/2pt win Bookmaker(s) / Price(s)
3.00 Lingfield Cranky Corner 1pt 10/1 generally 11/1 BetVictor 12/1 Hills/Stan James
This was an interesting selection, and we felt the money around this morning was highly informative, and so it proved. It was Cranky Corner's first run for a new trainer, Helen Nelmes, and first run for more than six months. This was also a horse who had shown some cracking form in the past, notably when seventh in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham for Willie Mullins a few years ago. Things obviously hasn't all gone to plan since for various trainers, including Jonjo O'Neill, but he's shown definite levels of ability and today off a good mark and clearly showing something at home, he was nicely supported this morning to go well. An interesting market pre-race, the layers seemed determined to get stuck into him, but he came back again at the end to have a BSP of 13.57, and an SP of 12/1.
In any case, as for the race, he was always travelling nicely for Sam Thomas, and made smooth progress to lead coming to the last fence, and always had enough in the tank to win by a neck, great stuff and you just wonder if there may be a bit more to come if the handicapper isn't too harsh on him.
Summary of Result:
Cranky Corner, 1st/8, 12/1 --- 12/1
We're 20pts up now for November, and long may this current run continue.