Welcome to another Unity Racing Investments Horses in Focus. The aim of this column is to throw up a good few winners for our followers. It has been quiet on the main service and we haven’t had many bets over the last week. That’s just because the weather is so changeable right now and going reports are leaving many of us bettors, trainers and owners disappointed in the lack of accuracy. Just over the last few days the wind has really picked up thanks to the storm. That is one factor we really don’t like Wind! I have said it before and will continue to spout it. I can’t prove it in figure terms but every time the wind rages I feel it makes the game very unpredictable.
There are 2 main points with this – Running in the wind is very difficult for a horse to stay balanced and may well keep a bit back for its self. But also when a horse is at home in the barn and all the doors are rattling etc it’s not the best environment for a relaxing night’s kip. So you simply can’t work out how they have been affected by this factor.
The first of our horses to follow for this jump season which will hopefully end in a win at Cheltenham at the festival is the same horse we put out at this time last year CHARBEL for Kim Bailey. The horse was bought to give its owners a run at the festival. He’s a big strapping chestnut that looks like a chasing type that goes well from the front. He takes his races really well and as such he was fairly highly tried last year. He won 3 races before Cheltenham and there he ran an incredible race right up until his fall. It was a shame I was on quite heavily e/w so that hurt but it was a shame for the horse who really did jump with intent. Altihor has been the biggest thorn in his side but I think the horse can come on again this year and stamp himself as being on of the top class horses of the season.
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TODAY’S HORSES IN FOCUS
Huntingdon 2:20 Handicap Hurdle (Class 4) 16f – Inn the Bull is very short in the market and on our speed ratings doesn’t come up to the same mark as a few of these. Up 8lbs after his latest win I think there is scope to make this horse a negative. BOHERNAGORE 7/1 or WOT A SHOT 20/1 could both out run their prices.
Huntingdon 2:50 Handicap Chase (Class 4) 24f – LARKHALL 8/1 would be where my pin comes down has to bounce back from a disappointing display against the clock last race but does have form in the book that would be strong enough to win.
Huntingdon 4:20 Handicap Chase (Class 3) 24f – ABBREVIATE shaped well enough on return to suggest that he could go close here 11/2 is a solid enough price to take a chance and will at the very least have race fitness on side. He just looked like a horse needing the run last time out so he should strip fitter for this.
Huntingdon 5:20 Novices/Maiden Hurdle (Class 4) 20f – ARMANTO has had a few goes and may well be vulnerable to unexposed types yet the horse has improved on the clock every run and sets a reasonable standard on the last time posted so 3/1 wouldn’t look like the worst bet in the world.
Kempton 5:45 Handicap (Class 3) 5f – ARZAAK comes out best at our ratings and is down a notch in class today. That would be my idea of the winner here 9/2 looks a decent price for a horse that looks to only have a couple to beat. His all-weather record is pretty decent too. This would be the Nap.