RAIN really is rubbish isn’t it? The Ashes were scuppered and all my bets were reined in thanks to the weather. But I’m back after a st
RAIN really is rubbish isn’t it? The Ashes were scuppered and all my bets were reined in thanks to the weather.
But I’m back after a steady week off and have my eye on a couple to get us off to a flyer.
We start off in the best race of the day and I think KING OTTOKAR (Salisbury, 3.50) will absolutely love this Group 3.
He has his conditions again and the drop back to a mile on slow ground should be right up his street.
He has shown he’s no boat with a smart win at Newbury – of which the form continues to strengthen – and then a rock solid third behind Sangarius at Royal Ascot.
He showed plenty of gears on both of those runs and conditions have gone Pete Tong for most of the field.
Profit and Loss – Using SP*
I’m sure they’ll be a few non-runners and this is nowhere near as deep as the Group 3 he faced at Ascot.
Quite a few of these have questions to answer a 7lbs allowance for the three-year-olds is always handy.
Over to Chepstow next and I’m keen on ATALANTA’S BOY (Chepstow, 7.45).
There’s no guarantee he will go on the ground. He’s only run once on ground slower than good and he was well beat that day.
However trainer David Menuisier would have known the likely conditions when he declared this lightly-raced four-year-old and plenty of Paco Boy’s have gone well with a bit of give.
3.50 Salisbury – KING OTTOKAR 1pt win (Bet now)
7.45 Chepstow – ATALANTA’S BOY 1pt win (Bet now)
I’m convinced this horse is well in front of the handicapper and the yard are brilliant at bringing horses like this steadily.
This is a step up in class, but he beat some in-form and useful rivals last time out and young jockey Thomas Greatrex once again gets the leg up.