Double Dutch, 6th September 2013
We almost got off to a flyer yesterday with these results:
Five Out of Five : 3rd
Amuse Me : won
Ghanaian : 2nd
Floating Along : 3rd
All of which meant we were just a neck away from landing a 10.38/1 double on Day 1 and we're hoping to get closer today, although the caveat with these feature is that we expect a fairly low strike rate at odds like that!
I've selected two races from nearby (to me, anyway!) Haydock today starting with the...
Where it's hard to look beyond the top two in the market, as Big Johnny D has been progressing nicely since dropping back down to 7f, recording back to back victories on both fast ground and ground with some "give", meaning he should be fine today.
The 13lb hike in the weights may, however, be the fly in the ointment, allowing Purcell to take advantage on his step up from 6 furlongs. He showed plenty of fight win last time out at Chester and with Ryan Moore on board, could win again.
Which is a competitive 6 runner handicap, but once again the top to in the market should provide the winner. Handsome Ransom is currently the 5/2 favourite with Bet 365 and the manner of his victory last time out, accounting for The Cockney Sparrow was eye-catching to say the least. It unfortunately also caught the assessor's eye and this has resulted in a 9lb rise in the weights.
Which might just open the door for Good Speech, who races from 21lbs lower at the bottom of the card and was only narrowly defeated last time out at Thirsk. She shaped as though she might want further and providing she gets the extra 2f today, the 11/4 generally available might be a good thing.
4 x 0.5pt BOG doubles as follows:
Purcell / Handsome Ransom @ 15.16 with bet365
Big Johnny D / Handsome Ransom @ 12.25 with bet365
Purcell / Good Speech @ 16.88 with Betfred
Big Johnny D / Good Speech @ 14.06 with BetVictor