We had to settle for a pair of runner-up finishes on friday and whilst on paper, that looks like a fairly reasonable stab at landing a 21.5/1 double, the reality on sodden turf was that we weren't really all that close.
Blandfords Gunner may have only gone down by just over 2 lengths, but was in 2nd place three out and was held from that point, whilst later, Just So Cool was headed before the penultimate hurdle and found very little in response, going down to a fourteen length defeat.
So a pair of 2's looks fine, until you get close up, I suppose!
Friday's results were as follows:
Blandfords Gunner : 2nd at 7/2 (adv 7/2)
Legal Exit : 6th at 7/2 (adv 11/4)
Just So Cool : 2nd at 4/1 (adv 11/4)
Major Milborne : 4th at 9/2 (adv 4/1)
Results to date:
809 winning selections from 2918 = 27.72%
250 winning bets in 755 days = 33.11%
P/L : +73.82pts (+4.89% ROI)
And to Saturday's Selections...
Taajub looks big to me at 9/2 BOG, considering he's 4 from 7 over course and distance and 4 from 6 whenever running in the month of February. Those figures were enhanced by a track and trip win last time out and although he's up 5lbs for a 2.25 length success (a tad harsh, I feel), this is a track that seems to reward former winners and at the price available, he represents the value option for me.
In opposition, I'd expect Come On Dave to be there or thereabouts on his second debut for John Butler. After John stopped training, this horse moved to Phil McEntee and was 0 from 10, but now back with Mr Butler, he'll look to pick up where he left off, having won on his last run for the yard. He's 4lbs lower than that last winning mark and his record on the A/W for the Butler yard reads 15121, all over this 5f trip and including a course and distance win. If you think another is on the cards, he's available at up to 7/2 BOG.
Henry Daly's horses are running pretty well at present and he has a decent record here at Haydock. Then add to the mix the facts that his horses tend to go well on heavy ground and that he's represented by last year's winner of this race and you've got yourself a live contender in the shape of Pearlysteps. He's carrying 3lbs less than last year, thanks to his jockey's claim and looked in good nick on his seasonal reappearance at Taunton before unseating three out last month. The run will have done him good and he's the one to beat here at 9/4 BOG.
After Pearlysteps lost his rider that day, Richmond went on to finish second in the same contest on his debut in hunter chases and also for a new yard. He repeated that result three weeks ago at Warwick, so he has clearly taken to this new sphere very well. The third placed horse from the afore-mentioned Taunton race has gone on to win since and if that form holds out, 7/2 BOG here might prove profitable!
4 x 0.5pt BOG doubles as follows...
Come On Dave / Pearlysteps @ 13.08/1 (10/3 & 9/4 : Betfred & Totesport)
Come On Dave / Richmond @ 18.50/1 (10/3 & 7/2 : Betway)
Taajub / Pearlysteps @ 16.88/1 (9/2 & 9/4 : Betfred & Totesport)
Taajub /Richmond @ 23.75/1 (9/2 & 7/2 : Betway)
REMINDER: THERE IS NO DOUBLE DUTCH ON SUNDAYS