Unbelievably we have rounded off a week of non-events, by selecting yet another non-runner. We can only surmise that trainers are keenly logging into Lap Of The Odds and then withdrawing any horse selected for fear of the flood of money that will ensue shortening the odds too much !! Or perhaps seeing us as the “kiss of death”!!
It is a habitual issue at this time of year when horses can be declared either hoping ground stays firm or hoping for forecast midsummer rain.
We will take another shot at Friday’s racecards by heading up to the Hamilton evening meeting which features a valuable 6f handicap.
The favourite is a regular for this blog in the shape of Naggers (1920 BST). He won well for us three runs ago, before an excellent run at an unsuitable Epsom. Last time we tipped him at the Curragh, but that 5f sprint ended up being far too quick.
The step back to 6f should be of huge assistance, and whilst rain is not essential to his chances, it is forecast, and he will love every added drop having excellent soft ground form.
Over at Ponty (1935), the defection of our first choice Move In Time, opens the door to another regular of this blog in the shape of Gamesome. He had hinted at a return to top form at York two runs ago, but found Musselburgh’s sharp 5f a bit too chaotic, losing position and suffering a poor run.
This stiffer track should be a lot more suitable, and top jockey Graham Lee can be entrusted to do the steering.
Naggers (1920 Hamilton), 1pt win, 11/4 generally available
Gamesome (1935 Pontefract) 1pt win, 4/1 Bet365
Naggers & Gamesome, 1pt win double, approx. 18/1
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