Daily Dabble, 18th July 2013
I'd have struggled to pick my own nose if asked yesterday, such was the performances of my own bets! I didn't fare any better here either. Thunder Sheik didn't jump well and despite conceding bags of weight all round, he was placed 3rd and beaten by just a short head and a head in a tight finish.
This made Al Thumana's run purely academical, which was just as well as she finished 5th of 6 runners, a good 14 lengths off the leader.
Undeterred, I've dusted myself off and I'll try again, starting in the...
The Godolphin empire is doubly represented here with both Thouwra and our selection Entrenched entered for this one. Most will attract support throughout the day, but I prefer Entrenched for a couple of reasons. The booking of Mickael Barzalona would suggest that this is the first string and the horse makes his 2nd appearance today for a yard with a great record of getting horses to improve from ordinary debuts (35.5% strike rate). No long odds here, as tends to be the case in such small fields, but at 11/4 BOG, we'll hopefully have a few quid riding on the...
Where I'm siding with top weight Sky Khan, who comes here in top form and fitness fresh from an easy win over hurdles at Uttoxeter nine days ago, which rounded off a very consistent hurdling season. He now returns to flat action and his winter of hurdling should mean he won't lack for stamina. He progressed nicely on the Flat last season, improving in each of his four races, which culminated in a win at Leicester on his last Flat outing. Of the seven runners he beat that day, four have gone on to win since, whilst two of them have raced at Listed and/or Group race level. Another smallish field means pretty short odds, but the 15/8 currently available looks reasonable at least.
Back Entrenched & Sky Khan in a double with Bet365 paying just over 9/1 BOG (9.3125/1)