Double Dutch, 4th December 2013
Tuesday was another losing day, but at least we got back on the winning trail with the 9/4 winner in race 2. I know it's scant consolation, but it is a step back in the right direction after the failings of the last few days.
Earlier, Moorlands Jack fell 2 from home when in contention, whilst Last Shot came home last of the 5 runners who did finish. And then AP McCoy kept Fly Home Harry up to his work and he stayed on well to win by almost 2 lengths with Vasco Pierji back in third, almost six lengths behind him.
Yesterday's results were as follows:
Last Shot: unplaced
Moorlands Jack: fell
Fly Home Harry: won at 9/4
Vasco Pierji: last of 5!
Results to date:
74 winning selections from 261 = 28.35%
22 winning doubles in 71 days = 30.99%
P/L : -4.50pts (-3.21% ROI)
A 4.5pt deficit isn't insurmountable by any means, but it would be nice to make some inroads into it today with these:
Bancnuanaheireann drops into Class 2 racing today after a tremendous run over course and distance in a Listed event last time out. He finished second in the Churchill Stakes that day and he was only beaten by just over two lengths and any repeat of that run or his previous outing (winner of a Class 2 handicap at Newmarket) should be more than enough for him to take this at odds of 7/4 (Coral).
The most likely of the other four runners to give him most problems should be Uramazin (7/2 generally). This one has won a Group 2 race in Hong Kong and ran to within half a length of Bancnuanaheireann here in that C&D Churchill Stakes 17 days ago. If the favourite isn't quite at it here, then this would leave the door wide open providing he keeps closer to the front of the pack this time.
Neil Mulholland's horses are going really well of late with 6 wins from 18 in the last fortnight and I'd expect Pass The Time to improve that record for him. This 4yr old filly is already proving to be a consistent performer over hurdles with 3 wins and 3 places from just 8 starts. She was a winner last time out at Taunton and although she's up 7lbs to a mark of 118 here, the way she put that last race to bed was very impressive indeed.
It was only six days ago when she took on the 135-rated dual Listed race winner She Ranks Me and prevailed by 11 lengths in a comfortable win and I think there's still more to come from this one and should well take this at 7/4 BOG.
I suppose there'll be doubts whether or not this race is too soon for her and if that proves to be the case, then this could very well suit Buxom, who is currently available at 11/4. Buxom was also a good winner last time out, as she ground out a one length victory on soft ground at Huntingdon three weeks ago and confidence will be high as she attempts to double up on better ground.
4 x 0.5pt BOG doubles as follows:
Bancnuanaheireann / Pass The Time @ 7.56 with Coral
Bancnuanaheireann / Buxom @ 9.84 with BetVictor
Uramazin / Pass The Time @ 12.38 with Bet365, BetVictor and Coral
Uramazin / Buxom @ 16.88 with BetVictor