As we go into an International football break perhaps the Premier League table is taking shape. Arsenal top the pile but still don’t look the whole deal. Man Utd seem back on track but David Moyes cautious approach could cost them in the long run. Man City and Chelsea blow hot and cold. Then we have Tottenham and Liverpool who seem to be below the standard required to mount serious challenges.
However the one team that have impressed me beyond all others is Southampton who play great entertaining football under their manager Mauricio Pochettino. They are tight at the back yet still pass and perform without fear.
I would go as far to say they have actually found in Adam Lallana the most skilful English player since Paul Gascoigne. It is quite amazing where the Saints find them having also produced Bale, Walcott and Oxlaide-Chamberlain.
Southamptons next game I believe is against the Gunners and that will be very interesting. Is it beyond the realms of possibility that the Saints could surprise us all by winning the League?
The jumps Season is now starting to shape up with the Paddy Power meeting at Cheltenham and the Hennesy at Newbury at the end of November.
I noticed Betfan were advising you all to have a punt on the Racing Post 10 To Follow and for £12 per entry it’s great fun throughout the jumping season. I would put in a few obvious ones such as Sprinter Sacre but mix them up with some unexposed horses to stay ahead of the crowd.
Today we have a super days racing with some super jumping at Exeter. However for Howies Hottie I’m sticking to the polytrack. We had a good result last week when Karam Albaari ran 2nd at an s/p of 25/1 showing us all never be afraid to back drifters.
We have allweather action at Kempton and Lingfield but I’m going over the Irish Sea to Dundalk in the 6.15. This is a very low grade 5 furlong handicap and the selection is Sujet Bellagio. This gelding did win earlier in his career when with Brian Meehan off a mark of 78 and today runs off 48.
Last time out from a terrible wide draw the horse crossed over to lead but ran out of petrol in the final furlong to finish stone last. Today he is drawn in stall 9 which might give him a better chance and he drops down to the minimum trip. You could call him a bit of a boom or bust selection but If he shows a glimmer of his old form for Brian Meehan he would go very close in this grade.
Actually Meehan seems to have some very good chances at Lingfield today that might be worth a second glance.
Souville trainer C.Wall – Landed a massive punt for Bankers Bonus the other day when backed from 11/1 into 4/1 and romped home. The horse could still be ahead of the handicapper and worth following.
Light From Mars trainer R.A.Harris – Ran well in a Wolverhampton claimer and his new trainer can now exploit a winnable mark on the polytrack.
Sgt Reckless trainer M.Channon – Made his hurdling debut at Wincanton where he ran well to be 3rd. He should improve for the run and this classy big horse could be one for novice hurdles and even your Ten to Follow.
Zuider Zee trainer J.P.Ferguson – Ran yesterday at Huntingdon when a cracking 2nd. I’m sure he will improve for the outing and this previous winner of the November Handicap should have a productive season.
Back next Wednesday have a good week and be lucky.