As the weather turns colder we can still think of the those hot Summer days down under in Australia. This week sees the start of the Ashes series and I’m sure it will be an exciting group of matches for sure.
My heart says England but my head thinks with home advantage the Aussies will take a lot of beating and the 15/8 offered by Stan James for the Australians to regain the earn looks good value.
We all enjoyed a super three days at Cheltenhams Paddy Power Meeting but I don’t like to get too involved in the jumping game until after the big meeting at Newbury later this month.
One thing that does annoy me about the jumping game is that any horses from the Henderson, Nicholls and Mullins yards are always shortened up by the bookies and so you rarely get any value backing inmates from those yards and are far better off looking for bigger priced horses from smaller stables that sneak under the radar.
In a future newsletter I will try to cover certain small trainers whose methods of training are equal and in some cases even superior to the big three mentioned above and how you can benefit from backing their horses.
Moving on to this weeks Howies Hottie I’m sticking with the polytrack and playing in the 1.30 Lingfield. It’s a tight handicap over the mile trip and I have narrowed it down to two horses. They are Quadriga and Legal Legacy.
The selection is Quadriga who was at one time trained by Aiden O’brien but is now in the care of Robert Eddery. He did win a race at Wolverhampton recently and then was beaten into 4th over a trip perhaps a shade to far. He seems to be finding his form again and should hopefully have the measure of Legal Legacy who was an eyecatcher of this column not to long ago.
Of course you could dutch them or do a reverse forecast but I do favour Quadriga to take the spoils.
Don Pooleoni trainer H.Fry – Looked the winner approaching the last after making smooth headway but only managed 2nd place on his seasonal debut. Will strip fitter next time and that next time is today in the 12.50 Warwick.
Woolcombe Folly trainer P.Nicholls – Ran on from midfield after a few jumping errors in the Paddy Power Gold Cup. This is one to keep an eye out for as he is primed to hit the target before long.
Sire De Grugy trainer G.Moore – Ran a super race at Cheltenham but will prefer much softer ground.
Don Cossack trainer G.Elliott – Another who wants the ground softer and the softer the better.
Invincible Strike trainer J.Tate – Faced an impossible task trying to give weight away to Pound Piece at Wolverhamton on Saturday night. He still ran a close 2nd behind that rival and if the trainers decides to run him again on the polytrack he will be a tough nut to crack.
Back next Wednesday have agood week and be lucky.