Thursday, 23 April 2015

Notes From Spain...

Morning Mortals , 
                            Well as you may know im in Spain chilling and trying t get my head back in the game after the pounding its taken from the notable woman in my life and trust me having more than one is never a good idea but then my life was never a plan for ease of use if i was a carpenter all my tools would be made of Banana.
So here i am in Sunny Spain trying to unwind enough to move forward and with little success it seems as i am having at least one mini meltdown per day....oh the joys....but i have come out to play as the weekend nears and for me it looks a decent few days of racing with the Friday card at Sandown looking quite smart indeed with the Bet365 Mile the highlight on a strong day.

So i will have a mini card and brief for Sandown with thoughts n selections and maybe a NAP...

We start the day of with the ESHER CUP over 1m4f for 3 yr olds only and with just the 9 runners this could be a very good race for punting.
Hills n Fahey are the Hot Trainers in this so both must be respected and both are worth a look and i couldnt talk you out of backing either.
Its interesting that the last three winners of this race had been racing well on the AW and arrived fit from an AW campaign and i think YEENAN fits this profile perfectly having only been narrowly touched off over this 1m trip at Chelmsford on its seasonal debut this will be cherry ripe now and a big run is expected and if 4/1 or better is available then i think tis is an outstanding EW bet.

Next up its the GORDON RICHARDS Stakes a race which is generally won by something a bit smart and this small field contains some decent form already and in a wide open race im sure all of these will be winning eventually this season.
For today tho i think CANNOCK CHASE ( 3rd ) can provide us with another winner unbeaten last etrm over this trip and with the least to prove this one will take a world of beating if fit which is the only question mark as the Stoute term are often late bloomers but the horses are always there and are always running because they can win so one must presume its ready.
Stoute has Won this race 3 times of late in 2008/2009/2010 with the likes of Glass Harmonium and Ask so he does send a good un here with his Telescope running 2nd last year.
Tullius doesnt really stay , Ayad is outclassed n out of sorts , Western Hymn needs soft ground to be at his best and Postponed needs at least 1m4f so all roads again lead to Cannock Chase.

Now its the days big un THE BET 365 MILE and this has the makings of a cracker.None of this field can be safely ruled out  but all have something to prove to themselves now as most had their reputations tarnished last year after promising so much more.Shifting Power had run some decent races in defeat but looks the sort to remain forever in anothers shadow and even tho Hannon likes this race having had several high profile winners i cant see this being good enough.
For me at around 15/2 or better HERE COMES WHEN ( 2nd ) makes most appeal and has less to prove and seems a more consistent type plus holds a couple on both literal and lateral form and looks a good sporting EW bet.

In the Derby Trial we have a poor field of four and CAPE CLEAR ISLAND ( 2nd ) at around 3.8 looks a great bet having won well fto and is fit and relevant and in truth this race has as much relevance on the Derby itself as me with only two actually entered.

Others...WAADY ( 1st @ 4/1 ) has to be considered in EW accas as this looks a reliable enought type to get involved , BRANDY BEND ( 1st @ 8/1 ) looks a likely sort and could put his experience to good use to get in the money in what looks a hot maiden and finally PUTTING GREEN is another worthy of EW acca inclusions as this will run a solid reliable race.


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