It's Beverley again, dear reader, and that can only mean one thing... yes, it's high draw time!
Even though the fields are small and the going is a little questionable, it has been a very happy hunting ground tracking high drawn horses at anything less than a mile (especially 5f and 7 1/2f), so let's not bite the hand that feeds us, and see what we can find today.
In the opening race, Amour Propre was the form horse but is a non-runner from a poor draw, albeit that there were only seven runners, now only five. I'll side with the top box, Blades Princess. At around the even money mark, that won't make us fat though.
Moving on, the 2.30 is a tough sprint, but Fullandby's jockey, Greg Fairley, only knows one way to race, and I expect this horse to try to lead from box to post. 4/1 seems reasonable enough.
At 3.30, we've a chance to play at slightly longer odds. Mr Toshiwonka made the best of a good draw here last time, but this is much more competitive. I'm not certain that Nok Twice knows how to win, and Paraguay may not appreciate the ground (though has won on soft - all other wins on much firmer).
So that leaves West End Lad, with the pick of the draw, the pick of the weights, and a marked preference for dead ground, as a strong selection. Can't see it being out of the frame.
In the 4.00, Hunterview will probably win, but the other two places look well up for grabs. At enormous prices, it might just pay to have a pfennig each way on Kabougg and Indigo Belle.
I'm quite confident about the West End Lad, and hopeful of a good run on a number of the others. Quite simply, if you ain't drawn high at Beverley, life is VERY tricky.
On to W2L, and are the wheels falling off? Yesterday, there were five qualifiers, four of which were beaten, but the winner - Armure - leaves us four points in the hole approaching the half way stage. Of course, it's early days yet, and I'm reasonably confident that this system will finish in front. It's track record is proven.
Interestingly, perhaps, both winners (and therefore losers for the system) were on the all weather...
Today sees one runner in the 3.30 Beverley, and one in the 4.20 Folkestone.
Finally, let's all cheer on the TTS runner this afternoon, I'm Your Man, who was the first runner - and first winner - for us this season at a tidy (and well backed) 11/2.
That's all for now,