Aidan O’Brien was quite open, even if just a little late for some of us, about the virus attack his bloodstock and upsetting both his winning statistics and punters in general.
Aidan has been the Champion Prizw Money trainer since 1999 and will be there again this season… what hope do other trainers have? I think they hope he gives up! That’s to easy to hope for as Joseph, his son, is learning very quickly. I would think Joseph will one day take over from his father.
Although the yard were open about the virus they now seem to be coming out of what would have been a very disappointing ‘lull’ in their winning ways. Just recently Aidan had Kenya win the Irish Cesarawitch at 20/1 and Innisfree at 12/1. Both of these horses were returning from around two months off the track so it may be worth looking at the yards horses returning from such a lay off. Horses fitting this trend are Spanish Point, Mount Tabora and Snowflakes all entered at Listowel. Look for their participation. I think we can be more positive about the yards recovery process.
Jamie Snowden has had his string in particularly good form of late and with wins for Carntop and Lord Topper plus very useful places for Fact Of The Matter and Fileman. Lord Topper was given a very tender ride by a Page Fuller to win twice at Newton Abbot recently and the three timer looks possible. Both Carntop and Lord Topper has entries this week so don’t ignore them. The yards horse Next Level paid the price for jumping errors at Stratford and could be given a spell back over hurdles. He could need re-schooling. Watch for this small yards entries and runners.
Karl Burke has a yard with some very talented performers housed there. In the last two weeks horses like Havana Mariposa, Guvnors Choice and Mijack has shown personal bests in decent races with Guvnors the only one to do it in defeat but he could take some beating if taking up his entry at Wolverhampton this week. Karl and his staff have more horses in their care than ever before and Mr Dependable, Havana Mariposa and French Sonnet all have entries this coming week and they look like winnable entries. Watch for Karl’s runners.
High Roller is in decent form this month with a 50 percent strike rate. Three wins and three seconds but feel unlucky as all three seconds were beaten in photo finishes. It’s free to join us and we only ask you to pay £10 for every winner. Follow the link below to trial us. Best of luck this week.