Double Dutch, 8th April 2014
Saigon City just had too much ground to make up yesterday when second in the opening leg of our Double Dutch, which was a shame as Cannock Chase was an easy winner in leg two. We may not have been helped by the heavy rain at Windsor, which changed the going. Still, them's the breaks, and there are two more races for us to go at today, though it's fairly unappetizing fare truth told.
Monday's results were as follows:
Saigon City: 2nd at 4/1 (adv 7/2)
Ogbourne Downs: 10th at 9/2 (adv 6/1)
Cannock Chase: won at 5/4 (adv 5/4)
Elusive Guest: last (!) at 9/2 (adv 9/2)
Results to date:
206 winning selections from 707 = 29.14%
69 winning bets in 185 days = 37.3%
P/L : +73.94pts (+20.09% ROI)
REMINDER: THERE IS NO DOUBLE DUTCH ON SUNDAYS
It's a quick fire double around 4.20pm today, starting in the...
Soft ground here, and that's a change from when declarations were made. It will suit some more than others, and I'm looking for it to suit proven soft ground hounds, Rosslyn Castle and Omid.
Rosslyn Castle has won twice on soft and represents the formidable Jonjo/McCoy axis. The trainer has won with four of his eleven runners here in the last year, while the jockey has been victorious in an incredible eleven of his 21 rides (52.38%) during that time. Even by McCoy's remarkable standards, that's amazing. He's made a profit for followers of 6.7 points on those rides too.
Omid is another improver in the field, and he won his last race - on soft - by six lengths. That was here over a longer trip on his first run in a handicap, and the drop back to two and a half miles shouldn't inconvenience him too much. He's got potential to be better than he's shown so far, and is the back stop in leg one.
Pretty much as they're crossing the line for leg one, leg two will be off, and it is to be hoped that we have a pair to cheer at inflated odds as a consequence of a win in the first half.
I'm rowing in with proven course and class form in the shape of Royal Warrior and Hamoody. Royal Warrior has had just two career starts, winning a weak maiden over five furlongs here on debut before seemingly failing to get home over seven furlongs last time out. If it was a case of running out of petrol the last day, then this drop to six furlongs will suit.
He's unexposed, certainly compared with his rivals here, and has shown he goes on the surface.
Hamoody has been around for ever and has begun to carve a niche for himself in these sort of races. Moreover, he won this very contest last year, seeing off an odds on jolly in the process. That was his only course run, so he can be said to be unexposed on this track at least, despite being ten years old and having run in 54 races! Oisin Murphy rides, and that's another positive for this fellow.
They bet 9/4 the pair and I hope between them they'll bring home the Double Dutch bacon.
4 x 0.5pt BOG doubles, as follows:
Rosslyn Castle/ Royal Warrior @ 8.86/1 (19/10 & 12/5 : Betbright)
Rosslyn Castle / Hamoody @ 8.75/1 (2/1 & 9/4 : Coral)
Omid / Royal Warrior @ 20/1 (5/1 & 5/2 : sportingbet)
Omid / Hamoody @ 17/1 (5/1 & 2/1 : sportingbet)