After a couple of poor days, Friday was much better even if the final returns were the same.
No double to celebrate, I'm afraid, as E Fourteen's defeat by just a nose proved to be difference between a loss and a 16.88/1 double. To add insult to injury, our runner was just held off by one I'd suggested might just need a run!
Later, Aso was a winner at Market Rasen and although that doesn't help the bottom line, it did at least mean I hadn't gone three straight days without a winner and the ego remains intact!
Friday's results were as follows:
E Fourteen : 2nd at 4/1 (adv 9/2)
Hot Stuff : 4th at 11/4 (adv 7/4)
Aso : WON at 2/1 (adv 9/4)
Kalane : 3rd at 85/40 (adv 5/2)
Results to date:
786 winning selections from 2824 = 27.83%
244 winning bets in 731 days = 33.38%
P/L : +79.40pts (+5.43% ROI)
Charlie Appleby and Godolphin are double handed here and it wouldn't be too much of a surprise if Anglophile and Pinzolo were the first two home today.
Anglophile is mega consistent with 8 successive top 2 finishes to his name. He's 2 from 4 here at Lingfield (1212), 3 from 6 at Class 2 (plus 3 x runner-up) and has a win and a runner-up finish from two efforts over course and distance. Recent form and his stats suggest he's going to be in the mix again at 5/2 BOG today.
And if he ends up finishing second again, then I'd expect Pinzolo to be the one who beats him. The booking of the in-form track specialist Adam Kirby would suggest the yard favour this one and his history suggests that only a near 9 month lay-off should be the obstacle in his way here.
The bulk of his career has been at Listed Class and better, but he's still 3 from 4 at this level and 2 from 2 on the A/W and his Listed class win is easily the best piece of form on offer today. He goes really well in these small fields and the current 15/8 BOG might prove a little generous later on.
Vic Dartnall sends Un Majeur Aulmes here today as his only runner of the day and he does tend to do well with his sole representatives. The horse comes here off the back of a narrow defeat at Wincanton on Boxing Day, when going down by a neck in a race he should probably have won.
His main issue is that he doesn't do much when left in front and it's possible he took the lead too early last time out and idled, eventually getting caught late on. Denis O'Regan rides this track well and I'm sure they'll have learned from that defeat and at bottom weight will seek to make amends at 15/8 BOG.
The withdrawal of Jayo Time means that I didn't have to make a choice for my second selection, as Cash And Go is now the obvious one to take. The prowess of Venetia Williams heavy ground chasers is well documented (Aso won for us yesterday) and she has a real chance of adding to her season's tally here.
Cash And Go will be looking to build on a third placed finish at Sandown in a stronger race than this one three weeks ago and the drop in class might be all that he needs to get back to winning ways off a mark just 2lbs higher than his 2 chase successes to date and he's priced at 11/4 BOG to do so.
4 x 0.5pt BOG doubles as follows...
Pinzolo / Un Majeur Aulmes @ 7.28/1 (15/8 & 15/8 : Betway)
Pinzolo / Cash And Go @ 9.78/1 (15/8 & 11/4 : Bet365, BetVictor & Betway)
Anglophile / Un Majeur Aulmes @ 9.06/1 (5/2 & 15/8 : Betway)
Anglophile / Cash And Go @ 12.13/1 (5/2 & 11/4 : generally)
REMINDER: THERE IS NO DOUBLE DUTCH ON SUNDAYS