I hope you had a fantastic New Year and are looking forward to what 2013 might bring.
The weather has improved a tad this week which has been some light relief for many parts of the country, although it is going to take an awful long time for the ground to dry properly. There are a few runners who caught my eye this week and are worth putting in the notebook.
Swing Bowler – (Trainer – David Pipe)
A 6yr old mare off of Gallileo, she absolutely bolted up in a competitive heat at Musselburgh on New Years Day making a mockery of her initial handicap mark of 123. The way she took off up the run in suggests she had plenty left and can surely knock up another win or two before the season is out.
Ballygarvey – (Trainer – Philip Hobbs)
Was a selection of this service on Friday and as expected he improved leaps and bounds from his initial chasing bow. His jumping was slick at most of his fences and a bit ropey at others, but he will keep on improving and could easily turn out to be a very smart prospect for the yard indeed.
I’m Fraam Govan – (Trainer – George Baker)
Made his seasonal debut on Friday and due to his easy win back in May he was backed off the boards this time round. He was blocked off more than once when trying to make a break but probably would not have won anyway. However it is worth noting he may not have liked the AW surface at Lingfield, so look out for him when he is returned to turf, he still looks a smart prospect to me.
Tartak – (Trainer – Tim Vaughan)
I put this fella up a couple of weeks ago and said he is about to drop to a competitive mark. He ran off a mark of 142 yesterday at Sandown over a trip of 3m 1f which is not necessarily ideal. However although I thought the trip was too long he still managed to run a very credible 4th place finish. He should be dropped another couple of lbs for that effort, and if connections put him back in trip to around 2m 5f – 2m 6f I would have thought he would certainly have a big race in him.
I hope you managed to get on one of last weeks eyecatchers ‘Dontpaytheferryman’ who ran at Musselburgh on New Years Day. He was a big price of 14-1 early doors and provided some nice e/w place money for my subs when he ran a more than respectable 3rd place. A drop in grade should see him to better effect especially at the same venue and the 2m trip.
I bid you farewell for another week and wish you all the best in your punting ventures.