We got off to a cracking start yesterday as Altiepix won by 20 lengths at Clonmel and I was very confident of landing the spoils later at Chelmsford, but we had to settle for the 2nd and 3rd places, after Bold Prediction was picked off late on to get beaten by a neck. Supersta got going too late and was flying at the close to get withing anotrher neck of our runner-up, but the narrow margin of defeat was enough to deny us a 15.88/1 payout.
Thursday's results were as follows:
Altiepix : WON at 11/4 (adv 11/4)
Mr Eko : PU at 8/1 (adv 8/1)
Bold Prediction : 2nd at 7/2 (adv 3/1)
Supersta : 3rd at 5/2 (adv 5/2)
Results to date:
809 winning selections from 2914 = 27.76%
250 winning bets in 754 days = 33.16%
P/L : +75.82pts (+5.03% ROI)
And to Friday's Selections...
Richard Johnson is in great form and has a really good record at this venue and has also ridden 4 winners from just 8 career rides for in-form trainer Tom Lacey. All of which has to give Legal Exit more than a fighting chance here at 11/4 BOG. He was decent over hurdles in Ireland, running off 137 at Grade 1 level and is still relatively untried over fences, after just one UK effort to date. He clearly needed last month's run after a year off the track and now handicapping off 125, could be well treated.
As, of course, could LTO winner Blandfords Gunner, who was successful at Leicester in a 2m chase when last seen 11 weeks ago. He beat Moscow Me by a length and a quarter that day and the latter went on to score by over 3 lengths over the same track and trip next time out. He's still unexposed over fences after two starts and is 2lbs well in at the weights here today and I expect him to go well again at 7/2 BOG.
Just So Cool was third over 2m5f staying on in treacherous conditions at Ludlow last month, before being beaten by just a head on his handicap debut last time out over a shorter trip. He does seem to be progressing nicely with each run and after just five starts under Rules, should still have more to come. I think the step up in trip could well be the key here, as he was only beaten by three parts of a length in his only effort in a 3m PTP and whilst he's probably a chaser in the making, he's every chance here at around 5/2 BOG.
I do, however, have a slight preference for Major Milborne at 4/1 BOG. Beaten by just 2 lengths having been headed late on when tiring over 3m1f on heavy ground at Plumpton a month ago, better conditions and a slightly shorter trip should both be in his favour, as should the fact that the winner that day won again 6 days ago at Warwick.
Jockey Page Fuller retains the ride and whilst she's not the most well-known around, she's one of this new breed of promising female jockeys who rides her 7lb claim very well. Her last three rides for Jamie Snowden have seen her ride two winners either side of Major Milbourne's LTO runner-up finish, so she's clearly in good toucvh.
4 x 0.5pt BOG doubles as follows...
Legal Exit / Just So Cool @ 13.06/1 (11/4 & 11/4 : Stan James)
Legal Exit / Major Milborne @ 17.75/1 (11/4 & 4/1 : Bet365, Betfred & Totesport)
Blandfords Gunner / Just So Cool @ 15.88/1 (7/2 & 11/4 : Stan James)
Blandfords Gunner / Major Milborne @ 21.50/1 (7/2 & 4/1: BetVictor, Hills & Ladbrokes)
REMINDER: THERE IS NO DOUBLE DUTCH ON SUNDAYS