We were all set to kick the new flat season off in style yesterday, however as has been the case on many occasions over the last year the weather staked its claim.
The pundits preference for flat racing or jumps is always one that interests me, and I often like to hear the varying opinions of why one sphere is better than the other. Flat racing offers us the fast paced excitement of horses bursting from the stalls at the same time negotiating for the best possible spot in which to launch a challenge at the opportune moment. I myself prefer the jumps scene, as I believe it’s a truer test of a horses makeup and there is nothing more majestic than when a horse clears a fence and then lands running on the other side. I will be disappointed to say goodbye to the jumps season for a few months, but will certainly revel in the challenges that the flat has to offer.
One horse has made it onto the watch list this week, and I reckon he could well be coming back to the boil.
Quincy Des Pictons (Trainer – Alan Jones)
This fella notched up a quick-fire trio of wins in the 2011/2012 season, and the style in which he did it saw the handicapper ratchet him up in the ratings very steeply indeed. He has struggled since his last win, but admittedly has been racing in decent company. The handicapper is finally starting to relent now though, and his decent midweek run at Haydock goes to prove that fact. He finished runner up giving the winner 7lbs in weight, and I just hope that the handicapper see’s enough sense as not to go stupid for the 2 length deficit. I think that the 2m 4f – 2m 6f trips in a similar race should see him get back to winning ways, and it just so happens he is entered in such a contest this week at Ludlow, so keep an eye out as I’m certain a big race beckons for this fella before the season is out.
The Sunday column selections have had a pretty poor showing, but I’m hoping I can redeem myself today with a selection at Wincanton. The selection comes in the 16:25 and is the Venetia Williams trained Reginaldinho. He posted a couple of solid pieces of winning form in January at Leicester on testing ground, and although his last two runs have not offered up much, excuses can be made for both. He was clearly caught out by stamina issues at Ludlow, and his LTO run at Newbury saw him make a bad blunder causing his rider to lose both irons and duly got pulled up thereafter. A return to testing conditions here on a track with striking similarities to Leicester I’m hoping will see him in a better light. His trainer has a decent strike rate of 19% with her runners over fences at this track, and he is a proven weight carrier so his burden of top weight is of no real concern. Obvious dangers are the fast improving Whispering Jack and the consistent Milmarrow, however at the prices I think they are worth taking on with an e/w punt on this fella.
Reginaldinho – E/W currently 13/2 with Coral
Before today’s racing kicks off I will be in the garden with my two year old attempting to build a snowman and more than likely getting frostbite in the process, I never thought I would be saying that in late March, but I guess the good old British weather never fails to surprise us.
Until next week,