WETHERBY – MARCH 31
Friday's Placepot permutation at Wetherby:
Leg 1 (2.20): 1 (Master Of Finance) & 5 (King’s Tempest)
Leg 2 (2.50): 4 (Gin Cobbler), 3 (Akula) & 2 (Chestnut Ben)
Leg 3 (3.20): 5 (Swoop To Conquer), 8 (Bubba N Squeak) & 7 (Bruce Almighty)
Leg 4 (3.50): 4 (Attimo), 1 (Open Hearted) & 2 (Volt Face)
Leg 5 (4.20): 5 (G’Day Aussie) & 9 (Quill Art)
Leg 6 (4.50): 2 (Ardea) & 1 (Thetalkinghorse)
Suggested stake: 216 bets to 10p stakes
2.20: The only overnight money I can detect is for MASTER OF FINANCE and with Malcolm Jefferson still saddling winners for fun, the six-year-old is the first name on my team sheet. It’s as well to be honest about these things for the benefit of all, especially as detectives are still looking for Malcolm’s runner Sun Cloud at Warwick yesterday. It remains to be seen if QUIDS IN can repeat his Uttoxeter success on his penultimate start when the ground was heavy compared to today’s half decent conditions. KING’S TEMPEST cannot be ignored given the form of the Warren Greatrex yard just now.
2.50: I was right to suggest that there was a decent Placepot in the making at Warwick yesterday via the ‘make up’ of the races. The dividend paid £731.00 despite the fact that four favourites obliged in the Placepot events on the card. This is a similar race to some of those on offer at Warwick yesterday whereby the lack of runners hides the fact that over 40% of the Placepot units will be lost whatever the result, notwithstanding the fact that the race could develop into a ‘win only’ contest if a non-runner rears its ugly head. As I have stressed down the years, it is imperative to ‘keep your powder dry’ until as close to the off time of the first race as you can to take advantage of any withdrawals. I am unable to do that of course in terms of my column, suffice to say that several hours before bets have to be placed, I’m on GIN COBBLER, AKULA and CHESTNUT BEN.
Record of the course winner in the second race:
1/2—Akula (good to soft)
3.20: SWOOP TO CONQUER catches the eye for Nicky Henderson who has saddled seven of his last eighteen runners to winning effect. Out of interest, Nicky has four runners today, two here at Wetherby and the other pair plying their trade at Fontwell. Outsiders to consider from my viewpoint include BUBBA N SQUEAK and course and distance winner BRUCE ALMIGHTY.
Record of the course winner in the third event on the card:
1/2—Little Bruce (good to soft)
1/3—Bowdler’s Magic (soft)
1/3—Bruce Almighty (soft)
3.50: Sam England (Sam Drake that was) has enjoyed a season to remember and though it was impossible to maintain her 27% December strike rate with her small string, four winners these past weeks suggest that Sam knows the time of day and no mistake, whereby ATTIMO is given a chance in this grade/company. Connections might have most to fear from VOLT FACE and OPEN HEARTED. The latter named Dan Skelton raider is quoted as a 9/1 chance in the trade press, though 6/1 looks nearer the mark according to the gospel of yours truly. Out of Interest, Open Hearted is only trading at 5/1 on the exchanges at the time of writing.
Record of the course winner in the fourth contest:
1/5—Swing Hard (good to soft)
1/3—Harry Hunt (good)
4.20: Talking of trade press quotes, the lads and lasses in the office have got G’DAY AUSSIE base over apex at 9/1 because if you can obtain 9/2 this morning you will be doing well. If your abacus is having a day off, it’s as well to note that the difference between the prices is a differential of 8.2% of the book and as accountancy is the name of the game more than ever these days, that’s a big chunk of the market. Richard Fahey targets this weekend like few others on the racing calendar and his runners on the flat tend to pay their way at Doncaster. Indeed, Richard has saddled ‘double figure’ winners at Doncaster during the last six years whereby the declaration of QUILL ART here catches the eye in no uncertain terms.
4.50: There is little (or no) point wasting time on races that have an obvious conclusion and this is a case in point, with ARDEA taken to get the better of THETALKINGHORSE at the business end of proceedings.
Record of the course winner in the Placepot finale:
All place details offered on my pages relate to an 'exact science', whereby horses that finish third in 5/6/7 runner races (and other such scenarios) are not 'placed' regarding my statistics.
Trainers with their relevant number of runners on the Wetherby card on Friday – followed by their ratios at the track this season + profits/losses accrued:
5 runners—Micky Hammond (5/68 – loss of 5 points)
5—Dan Skelton (8/29 (Profit of 3 points)
3—Sam England (0/10)
3—Phil Kirby (2/35 – loss of 17 points)
3—Charlie Longsdon (1/15 – loss of 9 points)
2—George Charlton (0/1)
2—Brian Ellison (5/18 – Profit of 6 points)
2—Chris Grant (2/14 – loss of 4 points)
2—Donald McCain (0/14)
2—David Pipe (1/5 – loss of 2 points)
2—Dianne Sayer (1/12 – loss of 4 points)
2—Sue Smith (5/37 – loss of 15 points)
+ 29 different trainers who each saddle just one runner on the card
62 declared runners