Double Dutch, 7th September 2013
Yesterday's results were as follows:
Big Johnny D : won
Purcell : non-runner
Handsome Ransom : unplaced
Good Speech : non-runner
We were blighted by non-runners yesterday, I'm afraid. Two of our selections were withdrawn, leaving us with 2 x 0.5pt singles and 1 double. Big Johnny D duly obliged in race 1, but the 11/4 price was reduced to 11/5 after a 20p Rule 4 deduction, whilst Handsome Ransom was very disappointing, trailing home last of the four runners in race 2.
All of which meant that we had a 1.6pt return from a 1.5pt outlay for a small 6.67% profit on the day.
We have to wait until tea time onwards for today's selections starting with the...
Where Synthe Davis looks to be in good nick of late, winning very comfortably at Fontwell two starts ago, before putting in a very good show to finish fourth at Worcester in a far stronger race. She'll be suited by the drop back in trip today and would have looked a good bet at up to 100/30, had it not been for the presence of Bennys Quest.
Bennys Quest is having an Indian summer at the age of 10 and has relished the move to Neil Mulholland's yard, finishing 3211 in his four races for his new trainer. A 4lb rise for his latest win looks quite lenient, especially as the runner-up from that race then went on to win by 6 lengths next time out. Best price for Bennys Quest is currently 5/4.
The Irish Champion Stakes is the latest instalment of the battle royale featuring Al Kazeem and Declaration of War amongst others. And despite this being a top quality field, it's hard to see the winner coming from outside these two runners. Al Kazeem currently leads 2-1 and the presence of rain to slightly soften the current good to firm track will play further into Al Kazeem's hand whilst hopefully negating Trading Leather's chances further.
4 x 0.5pt BOG doubles as follows:
Al Kazeem/ Bennys Quest @ 7.88 with BetVictor
Al Kazeem/ Synthe Davis @ 15.16 with Coral
Declaration of War/ Bennys Quest @ 7.88 with Stan James
Declaration of War/ Synthe Davis @ 16.24 with Coral / Stan James