Saturday started badly for us as Ballyglasheen fell at the very first hurdle at Chepstow and then when Floreseco made a bad error three from home, the game was already up, I'm afraid.
Grendisar did, however, restore some pride, by landing the Lingfield feature 10 minutes later to maintain his recent fine form, but for DD unters, the damage was done and another 2pt loss was incurred.
Saturday's results were as follows:
Floresco : 4th at 11/4 (adv 5/2)
Ballyglasheen : fell at 4/1 (adv 4/1)
Grendisar : WON at 11/4 (adv 11/4)
Festive Fare : 4th at 7/4 (adv 9/4)
Results to date:
815 winning selections from 2942 = 27.70%
251 winning bets in 761 days = 32.98%
P/L : +69.13pts (+4.55% ROI)
And to Monday's Selections...
Despite Cee Jay being among the more exposed runners here, the fact that he has made the frame in three of his four maidens sets the standard on form here. Jockey Jim Crowley is on fire at the moment and has a good record at this venue, as does trainer Jeremy Noseda, whose yard seems to be on the verge of sparking into life again. A weak race could well go our way here at 3/1 BOG.
In opposition, I'm going with the debutant Bromley Cross. Probably not named after the suburb of Bolton, but a tenuous local (for me, anyway) link is often mildly amusing/interesting.
He cost £35,000 as a foal and £60,000 as a 2 yr old and whilst sales fees aren't always the best indicator of potential, somebody thinks he has promise. Bromley Cross is by Dandy Man, a good sprinter in his day and he's also the half brother of Lucifers Shadow and his dam was the sister to an Irish Listed class winner, so his breeding looks decent enough for this level and a chance could well be taken at 100/30 BOG.
Nicky Richards' horses go well here at Ayr and now runs Progress Drive for the second time. This one was third over C&D (heavy) on debut, but was later disqualified after the jockey weighed in 2lbs light. The experience of the run and the excellent record of the yard wih unexposed bumpers suggest he's the one to beat here and you can currently get 15/8 BOG about him, now that the original favourite has been withdrawn.
Grays Choice is also of some interest here, breeding suggests he wants (much) further in time, but has already shown promise at this shorter trip by finishing fourth in two bumpers at Musselburgh. He possibly did too much too soon last time out, having raced prominently before fading away and I'm sure the lessons will be learned from that experience and given a more patient/cautious approach, Grays Choice has every chance here at 11/4 BOG.
4 x 0.5pt BOG doubles as follows...
Cee Jay / Progress Drive @ 10.50/1 (3/1 & 15/8 : Stan James)
Cee Jay / Grays Choice @ 13.06/1 (11/4 & 11/4 : Betfred & Totesport)
Bromley Cross / Progress Drive @ 11.46/1 (10/3 & 15/8 : Bet365 & Stan James)
Bromley Cross / Grays Choice @ 14.16/1 (10/3 & 5/2 : BetVictor)
REMINDER: THERE IS NO DOUBLE DUTCH ON SUNDAYS