Hello again don’t these weeks just fly past and we have been consistently knocking in the winners and hitting a very healthy 33% strike rate. It was nice to bang in Padlock on Tuesday, which made my trip to Newmarket very worth while and we have another up our sleeves for next week.
I am pleased to be doing the first day of the Hennessy meeting as a Betfan special today and I hope many of you have joined as we have also managed to secure the services of the Gambling Don tomorrow and the one and only Bellie himself on Saturday, so be ready for loads of winners.
We should be having our first maximum bet next week since I have joined Betfan, so if your not already on the good ship Colonel jump aboard NOW.
Congratulations to Bellie Boy with his tipping the other day on Betfan I must get down to Bell Towers to have a pint of Guinness or 3 with him soon, but I must get my liver checked out first by my nurse at the Stamford surgery, no hats off Sir top tipping.
The Jeremy Noseda trained Sloane Avenue, ridden by Frankie Dettori, triumphed over the French trained Cladocera in a thrilling finish to the £40,000 Cash Out On The Betdaq+ App/EBF Stallions Hyde Stakes (6.25pm) over a mile on Polytrack at Kempton Park last week in great fashion at a working man’s price of 8/1.
The three-year-old son of Candy Ride was held up towards the rear of the 12-strong field before being switched out with two and a half furlongs remaining.
He came with a good run to challenge the leader Graphic at the distance and led with over a half-furlong remaining before holding the late thrust of Cladocera by a neck.
Sloane Avenue, now three from three on Polytrack, won in a fast time of 1m 36.34s.
The mile contest is a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £150,000 Ladbrokes All-Weather Mile at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 3.
Noseda is keen to return for that race next year and in the meantime is going to send Sloane Avenue to race on dirt at Meydan in Dubai.
The Newmarket trainer commented: “I was delighted with Sloane Avenue’s performance, winning this Fast-Track Qualifier.”
“We will go to Dubai and then come back for All-Weather Championships Finals Day.”
“We will start him off in Dubai in the first leg of the Maktoum Challenge over a mile and keep him to the dirt and see how that pans out.”
“He is a dirt-bred American horse and he has trained on the dirt in America and loved it.”
The New One looked good getting the job done at Haydock on Saturday beating Zamdy Man in the Betfair Price Brush Hurdle, the 1/3 favorite was very slick with his jumping and ran out very strong to the jam stick and was left unchanged at 7/2 for the Champion Hurdle in March.
Four Seasons looks a very progressive 2yo and retains plenty of scope, and he could well have a bit more improvement to come. He landed some nice bets Saturday at Lingfield (evens from an early 7/4) with Kirby always going to get there on the line inside the final furlong, the son of Dubawi should win again soon.
Jack Frost had schooled well at Seven Barrows before his jumping debut at Ludlow on Monday and definitely looks a horse to follow after landing the gamble (1/2 from evens in the morning with the milk man). The 4yo will be stepped up in trip I am told next time out and will have no problem from going on from this, one for the note pad.
Irving is strongly fancied to take the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle on Saturday at the expense of Sign Of A Victory, take the 7/4 with Betfred because if the ground softens further I can see him getting shorter.
Back next Thursday.
Yours in sport
Kevan Minter – The Colonel