Double Dutch, 14th January 2016
Our recent winning run was ended emphatically at 3 yesterday, as three miles in the Taunton mud proved to be our undoing. Both runners there completed the race, but never really got involved in the contest, trooping home 5th and 6th of 9, beaten by some 47 and 53 lengths respectively!
This meant that the Chelmsford race was purely a pride salvaging mission and after Oakley Girl was withdrawn, the onus was on Pactolus, who eventually went off as a hot 4/5 favourite. He almost ran the perfect race, but typically on a day that had already gone West, he got nailed on the line.
Wednesday's results were as follows:
A Plein Temps : 5th at 9/4 (adv 11/4)
Petite Power : 6th at 5/2 (adv 11/4)
Pactolus : 2nd at 4/5 (adv 2/1)
Oakley Girl : non-runner (adv 2/1)
Results to date:
781 winning selections from 2792 = 27.97%
243 winning bets in 723 days = 33.61%
P/L : +86.73pts (+6.00% ROI)
REMINDER: THERE IS NO DOUBLE DUTCH ON SUNDAYS
Archies Advice (3/1 BOG) is sure to be popular here, based on Keith Dalgleish's record in A/W handicaps in general. His runners also go very well at this venue, especially when ridden by Tom Eaves and with this horse taking a step back in trip for an easier looking contest than he has seen of late, this one has every chance, but...
...it is about time that the 7/4 BOG Billy Bond got his nose in front after running consistently well in defeat. A runner-up in four of his last six starts and in each of his last three, including two efforts over course and distance, he's now a pound better off than when going down by three parts of alength here a month ago and that alone could make the difference today.
After just five starts, Dutch Golden Age is still unexposed, especially after just one outing over today's 7f trip, but his results of 22311 certainly catch the eye and it is expected that he'll go well again today under a penalty. His yard are going well at present, have a good record at this track and with the apprentice jockey also in decent form, I wouldn't be too surprised to see another good performance at 100/30 BOG.
The main rival should be Welliesinthewater, similarly priced at 3/1 BOG, who despite running from out of the handicap was only beaten by a head over course and distance last time out. That made it back to back narrow defeats over track and trip, but now back on his correct mark and receiving plenty of weight all round, he looks well placed to go one better today.
4 x 0.5pt BOG doubles as follows...
Billy Bond / Welliesinthewater @ 10/1 (7/4 & 3/1 : Coral)
Billy Bond / Dutch Golden Age @ 10.92/1 (7/4 & 10/3 : Coral & Ladbrokes)
Archies Advice / Welliesinthewater @ 15/1 (3/1 & 3/1 : Bet365)
Archies Advice / Dutch Golden Age @ 16.33/1 (3/1 & 10/3 : Ladbrokes & SkyBet)