If you saw any of the racing yesterday you know how bad things got out there. I felt sorry for poor old Alan King and the ATR interviewer as they stood in the winners enclosure trying to discuss the merits of Alan’s horse winning its race in the middle of a hail storm, Alan with his head down and tilted away from the storm trying to speak.
The strong winds as much as anything made it all a bit farcical there and if I had been Alan I’d have politely said, “he’s won what was basically a two horse race @ 2/5 as he should have done…told us absolutely nothing”…and dived for cover!
Chepstow turned into the bog Chepstow turns into but they waited until after the second race to declare it heavy all over. I had to laugh when Matt Chapman, in a nice warm studio, was trying to convince poor old Fitzgerald on track that, “isn’t Chepstow with the mud flying what NH racing is all about!”….Fitzy must have thought he was stark raving mad and dodged the question, obviously designed to try and conjure up enthusiasm for the days racing ahead.
We simply have periods when we have dodgy racing, being run in atrocious conditions and I myself concentrates my efforts on doing things other than betting on it.
Today’s free rated race comes from Market Rasen. Wincanton is it to be hit by further rain today and I’m not looking to second guess what the ground will be riding there.
MARKET RASEN 2-05
T* – CLONDAW BANKER….+15
* – RAKTIMAN….+14
* – GONE FOREVER….+9
WORK IN PROGRESS….+9
* – HANDIWORK….+4
* – BRAVE SPARTACUS….-4
T – SKY KHAN….-9
NOTES: My top rated is 1-1 over the trip and 1-3 on soft….never visited this place before but, he’s got that pair of icons I want and he’s my main play.
RAKTIMAN has a tick in all three boxes trip/track/ground and is 2-6 here. I just have a feeling he’s better on a slightly quicker surface.
I will be playing my top three and feel GONE FOREVER will run a decent race. Very lightly raced he’s got form figures at this place of 2, 1, P….that last run came on quick ground and he wants ease…two previous wins coming on heavy and soft.
STRAIGHT WIN – CLONDAW BANKER
Have a good day and, be lucky