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Double Dutch, 26th January 2016

Monday was really frustrating/disappointing, for although we had no winners, we weren't that far from landing a decent sized double. We ended up with two runners-up, a third and a fourth place and of course, one that "got away".

I'd narrowed our first race down to three possibles, who then proceeded to be the first three home, but as you'll have guessed, I onmitted the winner, who I felt would need the run. As it was Jive Time actually finished strongest off all and got up virtually on the line to deny us an 8/1 win for Zeehan by just a head with our other pick Milrow a further half length back in third.

Race two also saw us get close, but not close enough, as Robins Pearl also got headed very late on to a stronger finisher, going down by half a length at 5/2 and that's how it goes sometimes. We missed out on a 30.5/1 double by tiny margins, but there'll be days when we nick one the same day to redress the balance.

Monday's results were as follows:

Zeehan : 2nd at 8/1 (adv 5/1)
Milrow : 3rd at 9/4 (adv 15/8)
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Robins Pearl : 2nd at 5/2 (adv 5/2)
Hernando Torres : 4th at 9/2 (adv 4/1)

Results to date:
787 winning selections from 2832 = 27.79%
244 winning bets in 733 days = 33.29%

Stakes: 1465.00pts
Returns: 1540.40pts
P/L : +75.40pts (+5.15% ROI)

Today's Selections...

3.10 Southwell

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This doesn't look the strongest Class 2 contest you'll see this year (or even this month!) and connections of Dungannon will be hopeful of a repeat of his course and distance success last time out. The Murphy/Balding partnership is a decent one and Mr Balding is very good at getting C&D winners to return to "scene of the crime" to win again. He is up 6lbs for that win, but a repeat effort should actually be enough here to land this at 11/4 BOG, ahead of...

...Mappin Time, a 3/1 BOG chance, who was last seen going down by a couple of lengths 45 days ago as a runner-up in a very competitive 14-runner course and distance contest and he had Dungannon a neck behind him that day and they now meet again with Mappin Time better off at the weights. My only concern about this one, is that he just seems to not be able to get his nose in front, but I don't mind him finishing second today, if Dungannon wins!

3.35 Leicester

I'd expect this to revolve around a pair of LTO winners starting with the unexposed Call The Detective, who absolutely hacked up to win by 27 lengths on heavy ground on Boxing Day on just his second start over fences and having had a month to recover, looks well set to go in again. Ground conditions won't faze him after that run at Fontwell and stamina certainly won't be his undoing here and he looks a strong candidate at 2/1 BOG.

Kings Apollo was also a winner on similarly heavy ground at Taunton almost four weeks ago and whilst his win by 6 lengths wasn't quite as convincing as the one above, he did stay on well and coped best with conditions. He's more experienced/proven over fences and in Ben Poste, has a jockey having a decent season. This is generally a good time of year to catch this horse and 5/2 BOG looks fair.

4 x 0.5pt BOG doubles as follows...

Dungannon / Call The Detective @ 12/1 (3/1 & 9/4 : Stan James)
Dungannon / Kings Apollo @ 13/1 (3/1 & 5/2 : Stan James)
Mappin Time / Call The Detective @ 12/1 (3/1 & 9/4 : Stan James)
Mappin Time / Kings Apollo @ 13/1 (3/1 & 5/2 : Bet365 & Stan James)

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Double Dutch, 23rd October 2014

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Double Dutch, 23rd October 2014

Deja vue, groundhog day, call it what you will, but for the third successive day we rattled the crossbar with another winner/runner-up combo.

Once again race 2 provided the winner (perhaps I'm better at later races!) where Spanish Squeeze beat the 6/4 favourite Legends Gate by the best part of two lengths to give us a 1-2 finish and those playing the exacta were paid out at almost 9/1. The other horse I'd highlighted as a danger was indeed third and the trifecta (which I certainly didn't do!) was around the 125/1 mark.

Spanish Squeeze had a welcome drift out to 3/1, which meant that had we found the winner in race 1, we'd have made a 13/1 double on the day, but unfortunately Alnashama was headed with a furlong to run after hanging badly left, eventually being defeated by just over two lengths to a 7/2 debutant Ooty Hill.

We're close, but still not quite close enough.

Wednesday's results were as follows:

Alnashama: 2nd at 5/2 (adv 5/2)
Bollihope: u/p at 10/3 (adv 11/4)
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Spanish Squeeze: WON at 3/1 (adv 2/1)
Legends Gate: 2nd at 6/4 (adv 15/8)

Results to date:
381 winning selections from 1344 = 28.35%
122 winning bets in 350 days = 34.86%

Stakes: 699.50pts
Returns: 741.46pts

P/L : +41.96pts (+6.00% ROI)

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This is how I see Thursday panning out...

3.45 Ludlow:

This looks like a sighter for Buywise here today with a run over hurdles before resuming an impressive chasing career which stands at four wins from five, including a Grade 2 win last time out. And although he reverts back to the smaller obstacles here after a six months absence, he's the classiest horse on show here and represents a yard in really good nick: Evan Williams is 10/29 over the last month. Buywise has never competed over hurdles here at Ludlow, but does get the track, as he's 2 from 2 over fences here and looks well placed to complete a course hat-trick at 13/8 BOG.

13/8 BOG is also the price for smart Flat convert Area Fifty One. He a former Class 2 winner on the Flat and has run in Listed/Group company prior to switching to Nicky Henderson for a hurdling career, where he really couldn't be in better hands. He comes here in good nick, having won last time out at Uttoxeter 18 days ago. He won't be found lacking for Flat speed and the only potential issue is the concession of weight to his rivals.

Area Fifty One's weight and step up in class allied to Buywise's drop in trip after a layoff mean it's difficult to call between them, but I can't see one of them not winning this and all things considered, they should be the first two home.

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4.50 Ludlow:

Bob Will came back from a 15-week break to finish second at Towcester a fortnight ago, but he did seem to struggle to see out the 3 mile trip that day, only just holding on to second place after being headed at the last fence. The drop back in trip will really help him here in what looks a desperately poor contest. That run at Towcester was his first for his new handlers and if they can eke a little bit more from him today, he could very well take this at 7/4 BOG, especially as he has been eased in the weights and now runs off a mark 4lbs lower than his last winning effort.

The main threat must surely come from Kings Apollo, who is similarly priced up at 15/8 BOG, who goes well fresh and seems to save his best for this time of year. He ran here at Ludlow last November off the back of a 475 day break and won, starting a sequence of decent performance reading 1214. he went off the boil in the spring before being put back in the shed for the last 193 days. He was badly hampered and unseated his rider at the first fence on his chasing debut, so this is effectively a second debut over fences. He has won here in the past and should push Bob Will home in a weak race.

4 x 0.5pt doubles as follows:

Buywise / Bob Will @ 6.22/1 (13/8 & 7/4 : SkyBet)
Buywise / Kings Apollo @ 6.55/1 (13/8 & 15/8 : SkyBet)
Area Fifty One / Bob Will @ 6.22/1 (13/8 & 7/4 : SkyBet)
Area Fifty One / Kings Apollo @ 6.55/1 (13/8 & 15/8 : SkyBet)