Friday, 30 January 2015

Nothing doing

Our only selection yesterday looked hopeful but after making progress four out, Flying Light's effort petered out and he came home fourth. The weather has taken its toll again today with just Chepstow on as a turf meeting and nothing to excite us there.

All weather action at Lingfield and tonight at Wolverhampton and while I don't follow the sand, I always look out for when Luke Morris has just one or two rides. Yesterday he was out of luck with plentiful rides but on Wednesday he went to Chelmsford for one with won at 7-2 and then on to Kempton where he won with one of two rides, again at 7-2. He has a full book of rides at Lingfield today but nothing at Wolves so I won't be doing anything today.

Best of luck if getting involved today.
M of the Market Examiner Team

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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

When 6-1 about a 16-1 shot is value

Getting 6-1 about a 16-1 shot is not the general idea but getting 6-1 about something bowling along in front and not looking like stopping makes sense and that is how things worked out for me at Taunton yesterday.
  Having a slight fancy for Tornado in Milan I was not confident to lay down money but when Paul Maloney had him settled in front and clearly going better than anything else, I whipped out the mobile and got on at 6s. The price was gone seconds later and with Maloney doing the ultra confident looking between the legs routine to see the opposition, it was all looking good. He came home the easiest winner of the day and the pain of missing the 16-1 was eased somewhat.
  There was further reason for cheer when a morning gamble was swerved as a selection and was pulled up and with one of my only two other bets coming in at 4-1 it was a good day all round. I also had a most interesting chat with a chap in the Owners and Trainers bar who was at Taunton to seal a deal to sell a horse he had bred to Philip Hobbs. He had just celebrated his 80th birthday but was in splendid form, telling me that he had bred his first group winner last year, the Richard Hannon trained Flying Childers winner Beacon. He forecast that as a three-year-old he will be one of the top sprinters of 2015. He also has horses with Oliver Sherwood and confirmed the delight the whole yard felt at the weekend performance of Many Clouds, which has put him near the top of the pecking order for the Gold Cup and I think there is still value in him at the 10-1 available in places.
  Unfortunately nothing going for us today as the selection was declared a non-runner just as the alert went out. A horse like this can be worth looking out for next time as there have been occasions when a well backed horse is pulled because the connections have not been able to get on themselves and want to save the ammo. I'm not saying that is necessarily the case here,.....
  Plenty of racing ahead today so good luck to all those getting involved.
M, of the Market Examiner Team.

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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Blogging Again

The Guvnor has been on for ages that we need to sort the blog out but no-one has taken it on. So it falls to me to get it going for the first time in months but as I'm off to Taunton today it will just be a brief update before hitting the road.

Unfortunately nothing for us today, which is a shame as we would have liked to carry on the good work after Sirop de Menthe fairly trotted up at Plumpton yesterday after being put up in the morning at around 8-1. This is an ex Tim Vaughan horse and there are not many of his who go and  on and do better elsewhere so hats off to the Sue Gardner team. Lucy Gardner never looked in any doubt as the horse, which had been prone to jumping to its right, stayed straight as an arrow and afterwards Sue told Tommo on ATR that Lucy had said she would win, which was obviously the reason for the early morning confidence. The horse went off at 6-1 and and was 13 lengths clear at the line.

In the past week we have had winners at 5-1, 7-2 (twice) and 3-1 to add to yesterday's 8-1 so we are on a good run. Let's hope we can get back to business tomorrow.

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