At 8.75/1, Saturday's win wasn't the biggest we've ever had, but it did at least allow us to end a difficult month on a happy note.
Yanworth was both imprerssive and comfortable in winning at 2/1 at Cheltenham, easing clear on the run in to score by an increasing 7 lengths, whereas Blameitalonmyroots had to dig really deep to grind out a 2 length win at Uttoxeter half an hour later. She was pressed all the way and only reasserted very late on despite attracting lots of pre-race support (backed in from 9/4 to 13/8).
Together our runners combined for that 8.75/1 double and with Shantou Village filling the runner-up berth at Cheltenham for a DD 1-2, those playing the multiples were rewarded with a forecast/exacta in the 11/2 region.
Saturday's results were as follows:
Yanworth : WON at 2/1 (adv 2/1)
Shantou Village : 2nd at 9/4 (adv 5/2)
The Exacta paid £6.70 here to a £1 stake
Blameitalonmyroots : WON at 13/8 (adv 9/4)
Bubble Boru : PU at 4/1 (adv 4/1)
Results to date:
793 winning selections from 2852 = 27.77%
246 winning bets in 738 days = 33.24%
P/L : +75.53pts (+5.12% ROI)
Little Big Man was caught and headed very late on over course and distance here only five days ago, going down by just a nose to a very well handicapped rival. There's no such well-in horse in opposition here today, he runs off the same mark, but drops in class and that should be enough for him to make amends here at 2/1 BOG.
Little Indian also runs off the same mark as a placed finish over this track and trip last time out, when he was beaten by less than two lengths into third place 12 days ago. A 16-race losing streak isn't exactly confidence-inspiring, but these C7 affairs really are quite poor and if things fall his way, it could finally be his turn at 7/2 BOG, especially with both his yard and jockey in such fine form.
Trainer Clive Cox and jockey Adam Kirby both have excellent records here at Wolverhampton andf they team up with the relatively unexposed/inexperienced 4 yr old filly Quite A Story today. She has already won once and finished in the top three on four other occasions from her six races to date and was only beaten by a couple of lengths here last time out. That was four weeks ago, coming off a break of 135 days, so if coming for the run, has every chance at around 3/1 BOG, but...
...with a record reading 213U33, she does tend to find one (or two!) too good for her and I fear that will happen aghain as she takes on the hat-trick seeking National Service, a winner here by a neck over course and distance 17 days ago and then won by the same margin to defy a penalty at Kempton two days later dropped back to 6f.
He's had a bit of a rest and the way he only just got home last time out suggests that the step back up to 7f will suit him better. He's well drawn in stall 3, Timmy Murphy retains the ride and National Service is the one for me here at around 9/4 BOG.
4 x 0.5pt BOG doubles as follows...
Little Big Man / National Service @ 8.75/1 (2/1 & 9/4 : Betbright & Hills)
Little Big Man / Quite A Story @ 12/1 (2/1 & 10/3 : Betway)
Little Indian / National Service @ 13.63/1 (7/2 & 9/4 : Bet365, Coral, Ladbrokes & Betbright)
Little Indian / Quite A Story @ 18.50/1 (7/2 & 10/3 : Betway)
REMINDER: THERE IS NO DOUBLE DUTCH ON SUNDAYS