Close but not close enough was the verdict from our opening bet of the week/month. In the end, the well fancied National Service was two lengths away from providing us with an ideal start to February via a 12/1 double, after Little Big Man had already obliged at Kempton.
Monday's results were as follows:
Little Big Man : WON at 3/1 (adv 2/1)
Little Indian : 3rd at 11/4 (adv 7/2)
National Service : 2nd at 7/4 (adv 9/4)
Quite A Story : 4th at 5/1 (adv 10/3)
Results to date:
794 winning selections from 2856 = 27.80%
246 winning bets in 739 days = 33.29%
P/L : +73.53pts (+4.98% ROI)
After Hours @ 11/4 BOG
Henry Oliver's handicappers are profitable to follow and this horse has already won two of five starts, most recently when winning on heavy ground at Haydock 45 days ago. He looked beaten that day, but stayed on well to just regain the lead very late on. The 3rd and 4th from that day have both won since and the extra furlong should help him here, if runs in a similar manner to last time.
Master Red @ 11/4 BOG
If he gets round, he's in the mix basically. That's been his story over hurdles so far, anyway. Really good in bumpers, finishing 121 and then since a switch to hurdling, has often let the team down by his jumping. 3 falls in 7 races, but 2 wins and 2 places from 4 completions tells its own story. Off the track for a considerable time, I'd expect his new handler to have worked on that jumping. Hopefully we'll see that here.
Wychwoods Brook @ 5/2 BOG
A course and distance winner last time out and should be able to defy a 5lb rise in weight as he's still below his highest winnnig mark. He loves the mud, having won 3 from 7 plus a placed effort on heavy ground. Recent defeats have either been at a higher grade or over longer trips; Class 3 and 2m7f look ideal for this 10 yr old nowadays.
Sonny The One @ 4/1 BOG
He may well be a 10-race maiden and 0 from 3 over fences, but he has been knocking on the door finishing 242 in those 3 efforts over fences. His latest effort was his best to date and this youngster could well benefit from receinving plenty of weight from his rivals and it won't have gone unnoticed that Team Tizzard are coming in to some excellent form as we approach the business end of the season.
4 x 0.5pt BOG doubles as follows...
After Hours / Wychwoods Brook @ 12.13/1 (11/4 & 5/2 : BetVictor)
After Hours / Sonny The One @ 16.50/1 (5/2 & 4/1 : Betfair SB)
Master Red / Wychwoods Brook @ 11.25/1 (5/2 & 5/2 : 10Bet, Hills & Betfair SB)
Master Red / Sonny The One @ 16.50/1 (5/2 & 4/1 : Bet365 & Betfair SB)
REMINDER: THERE IS NO DOUBLE DUTCH ON SUNDAYS