• 14/05/2017 14 May 2017 | View comments

  • It’s been a bad week and a very quiet week, which is both frustrating and disappointing. But racing goes on and there will be plenty of opportunities over the next few weeks. I made a couple of mistakes and didn’t get involved in a few races I should have and horses didn’t give their running in races I did.



    Poor card which makes little appeal but!


    3.45 Too Many Diamonds makes his debut for Dan Skelton and must be the lowest rated horse in his yard. He finished behind Taurian on his last start in a Taunton selling hurdle. There is not a lot to say about the race, it is a very poor contest and if the change has improved him then the race is there for the taking. Taurian also comes from an inform yard and often travels well having won at Musselburgh and ran well at Taunton this track should suit. She has only raced once left handed over hurdles and ran badly but the ground was probably more to blame on that occasion.




    2.30 Ozzy Thomas has been a bet the last 3 times, I was wrong to think he would have won when falling over fences around here but he has twice since ran well over hurdles and takes a further step up in trip to 3 miles today. I think he will stay and the pace of the race will help his jumping as he can “put down” at his fences and when going at racing pace that is not what a jockey wants, I was probably expecting a slightly bigger price as it has been sometime since he won. Hedley Lamarr has been a disappointing horse and one I thought would do better than he has of late, there is no doubt he is capable but remains below his best at present. Rouge Devils should make a better chaser, Herbert Park hasn’t gone on since winning at Worcester last season, which is annoying as we bet the 2nd that day and Doitforjoe won an Irish point and goes on the ground.


    3.30 I opposed Hestina last time with the 2nd horse, she has improved of late as she has settled better in her races and the faster ground helps her stay the trip. It was disappointing that when left with the race at his mercy Wishful Dreaming couldn’t win last time at Exeter but that is strong form for this time of year and he keeps looking like a horse who is capable of better. Chieftains Choice has had a good time since he returned from his ban and remains on an upward curve, probably should have won last week and got form boost yesterday when Beyondtemptation won at Hexham and CD winner Peruvien Bleu over-turned an odds on favourite last time can win more races but has a bit to find on form.


    4.00 This will not be for the faint-hearted as it will be very fast, very early and the first fence in the two mile chase races is horrible, as you have a long run to it and it is not far off a bend. Many of these look the same horse and some almost need to make the running or they will sulk, just a watch.

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