A quiet week for The Don as I started to work seriously on Cheltenham, yes that’s right a month to go to the greatest show on turf but I start to shortlist already.
That vital work was interrupted with a trip to Ascot yesterday to see our private members max bet Pitt Zig. Sadly he didn’t get very far because of a crunching fall. What made it odd was he was jumping superbly and has hardly touched a twig since going chasing. These losses are learnt as the horse is fine and may drift in price now before the Festival. It was a bold move by Nicholls to run a Novice and it didn’t pay off but he gets it right more often than not and clearly felt the horse was up to it. Watching the replay last night the jockey seemed to lose his stride and took off too late which shouldn’t be happening at this level.
What was interesting about the race which subsequently went to Balder Success was the poor running of another Mullins horse in the UK in the shape of Ballycasey. I wasn’t impressed with him in the paddock beforehand as I thought he looked dull and he ran flat as a pancake. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with them but many Mullins horses have been stuffed out of sight in their UK raids. It shows you that over here the racing is more competitive on Saturdays than his usual penalty kicks in Ireland.
I’m travelling up to Market Rasen today to meet up with a top contact and to watch some good racing but the horse I’m going to back and suggest you should at 7/5 with Betbright is Robins Reef in the 4.50 trained by Nicky Henderson. She was well beaten on debut but that has turned into red hot form and I’m told she has grown up since that experience. This is a drop in grade and Henderson is very keen to get a win in her. At odds against she is the bet of the day for me.
As we move towards the Festival it’s vital you have the right advice and the most logical course of action at this time of year is to Trust in the Don!
From the Notebook
Always Lion – Trainer B Palling
What a beautiful horse, he was beaten into second in the bumper at Ascot yesterday but the ground was too soft and he just didn’t get home. I can’t wait to see this one over hurdles on good ground for this very talented Trainer. Notebook him!!
Back next Sunday.
The Gambling Don