We were treated this weekend with two superb days of racing from Cheltenham, and I’m sure I tie in with a large number of racing enthusiasts when I say there is no better venue in racing than Prestbury Park.
The weather clouded some of the results however, as the heavy ground conditions put to bed the chances of more than a few talented horses. Two horses caught my eye yesterday at Cheltenham and Doncaster who I reckon are worth following.
Finished a long way back in fourth yesterday in the December Gold Cup, but was hardly disgraced in the process. Both his runs this term have seen him show a bit more improvement, and although yesterday’s race somewhat fell apart with three of the market principles exiting fairly early on, this fella did well on ground far from ideal. He is likely to get a few more pounds shaved off his mark, and a sounder surface (good to soft or better) will see him in much better light. He is a winner off a mark of 149, he should be down to around 140-142 after yesterday’s run which will make the Tim Vaughan inmate nicely handicapped.
This was incidently one of my services selections yesterday, and I was rather confident of his chances if I’m honest. However the race did not pan out the way I had hoped with him finishing a disappointing seventh place. What I did take from the race however was the fact that although he made a mistake or two at his fences, his rider Andrew Tinkler just did not seem to get the horse into a rhythm. I’m really not one for blaming jockeys, but the horse did not get into a stride to meet many of his fences which cost him valuable momentum. He was a promising novice last term, and the son of Dom Alco will surely do better in handicaps this year, definitely one to keep an eye on.
The racing today is a far cry away from the quality of the previous two days, but there are still a few opportunities available, and I have one at a decent price that I feel has a live chance. The race in question is the 14:40 at Hereford and the horse is Love Of Tara.
This 10 year old daughter of Kayf Tara won this contest last year off a 9lb lower mark, but here 7lb claimer this time round means she is only 2lb worse off. She was very game LTO at Plumpton over 3m 2f, proving stamina is not an issue when closing all the time on the well regarded Bunglasha Lady. She finished a good third that day, and the drop back in trip should not pose any real problems. Am I Blue looks a likely pace setter along with Egretta Island, so I would expect our runner to fall in somewhere behind these and hopefully get a nice tow into the contest and be produced in the last couple of furlongs. She looks a nice enough price as I write, and warrants an E/W interest.
Love Of Tara – E/W currently 9-1 with SportingBet
Back next Sunday.