A follower coined the phrase ‘Meatloaf’ when you have 2 out of 3 winners and that was certainly the case yesterday as Charlie had to go it alone, due to Rich feeling unwell. Rich is back today, with Final Word but let’s crack on and let Charlie tell you about Winnersday and take you through his 3 for Thursday…..
Cheers Rich, well Wednesday definitely was Winnersday with 2 out of the 3 selections put up winning so I guess it’s best to start with a round up of those.
Badilou -Was a bit of a let down blundered badly 3 out and was soon pulled up and was a loss.
Nefyn Bay -I did say in my write up that I couldn’t see Nefyn being beaten and I was right won well beating Dutch Canyon by 1 and 1/4 length, Advised at 5-2 returned a nice 4-1 after taking a drift in the market.
Pivotal Flame -Even though it had a wide draw to contend with, mentioned in my write up , it travelled well just managing to get up on the nod winning by a nose from Rowlestonerendezvu, Advised at 4-1 returned at 6-1 after drifting in the market.
.Not a bad days work with both my winners taking a drift in price meaning more returned as a result, I will gladly take that any day. Now time to get back on track with Thursday’s selections from Kelso and you can read about those below.
Taxmeifyoucan -Won at Hamilton over 1m 3f in a Class 5 handicap, was then sent to Haydock to contest a Class 2 handicap over 1m 6f and won again, disappointed next time out at Haydock in a Class 3 handicap over 1m 6f when finishing 6th, sports cheekpieces today over hurdles for first time although has won wearing those previously on the flat and a bold run is expected here.
Cyrus Darius -Won at Ayr in November in a Class 3 Handicap Chase over 2m 4f, was then 4th at Haydock in a Class 2 Chase over 2m 5f. Was 3rd in a Class 2 handicap Chase over 1m 7f latest. Won this race last season and although is higher in the weights this time around a chance is taken that the win is obtainable.
Landecker -Was 2nd here back in November in a Class 3 handicap hurdle over 3m 1f. Was then sent to Carlisle to contest a Class 2 Handicap Hurdle over 3m and was 6th. Latest victory came here in January over 3m 1f in a Class 3 Handicap Hurdle. I feel this race is winnable especially seeing previous course form looks solid and a chance is taken on the win here.
.Well that’s my thoughts on Thursday’s selections, good luck if following and please remember to keep stakes small so it doesn’t hurt your pocket. I will now hand you back over to Rich for the Final Word.
Final Word –
Congrats to Charlie, in my absence. I was feeling unwell and needed to rest, but I am back today and ready to deliver Final Word, taking in Meydan, Kelso and Chelmsford in the evening ….
So were start with the only NH horse that caught my eye, running in the 3.00 at Kelso over 2m 7f and drops from Grade 3 Company to Class 2. Shantou Flyer has been running in Grade 3 for a year but has been unlucky, he was a 17 length runner up last time on in January in a Grade 3 Chase at Cheltenham over 2m 4f to Frodan and now steps back up in trip and drops to class 2 Company, in the hope of a morale boosting win.
Over in Meydan, Best Solution(3.05) will be looking to step up on his season return at this course on January 11th, when finishing a 1 length 3rd to Golden Wood, who re opposes again today but had already had a couple of runs. The runner up Gold Star has also since won and best Solution is sure to improve for the outing in this Class 1 1m 4f Turf Handicap.
Don’t Give Up(3.40) Won over C/D(Handicap, Class 1 over 1m 2f on the Dirt) on season return on January 25th by 1 & 3/4’s of a length, with Saltarin Dubai(2nd) and Alabaster(3rd). Christophe Soumillon takes over the reigns today from Gerard Mosse.
Back in the UK, the evening meeting is at Chelmsford on the AW, I think Sir Hamilton(7.00), who won here over 1m in a Class 5 Novice Stakes on December 15th by 3 lengths to break his maiden, then stepped up again to win at Kempton(AW) last time out, again in a 1m Class 5 Novice Stakes from Briscola, who along with 3rd & 4th have all since won since and now Sir Hamilton, steps up an extra 2f to 1m 2f, in this Class 5, 3YO Only Novice Stakes contest.
That’s all for today folks, thanks for popping by
All the Best – Charlie & Rich