A great ride by the useful conditional Tom Bellamy saw our 9-2 selection Greybougg gallop away with the last at Exeter to put us into a profit for March after two losing bets to start the month. There was never any doubt as Bellamy drove his mount into a clear lead from the start and it was justification for the handicapper giving the horse what looked at first sight to be a stiff opening mark of 107.
In his first seven outings the shortest price he had been was 33-1 and the last four runs saw two at 100-1 and two at 150-1. But the Nigel Hawke yard clearly had faith in him doing the business today and it was a canny move to bring in the experienced claimer Bellamy for the horse's first try in a handicap. The only horse who got anywhere near was Powderonthebonnet who was the subject of a late market move but it was the early money for Greybougg which was again significant.
With our other selection a non runner it was a gratifying day as we get ever closer to Cheltenham. Missing from the Festival this year will be Sir Peter O'Sullevan who in his retirement as the Voice of Racing has attended each year but he spent his 97th birthday today in hospital where he has been for several weeks and apparently has been keeping up with the horses. A great man!
M of the Market Examiner Team.
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