It’s great to have days like yesterday when both picks do exactly what you thought they should do. Evening Rain gunned down Koptoon in the final furlong with Russian Heroine finishing off the tricast placings for anyone who was brave enough to do it. Alba Verde was given a very good ride by Luke Morris and 2m looks as far as she wants to be going.
Today’s racing comes from Punchestown in Ireland, two National Hunt meetings in the U.K and two flat meetings also in the U.K. After having a good look through the cards I fancy at least one in each meeting so I have done a small multiple bet separate to the thread just in case I’m right and they all win! I have put the multiple bet horses at the bottom of this page.
Prettyasapicture runs in the opening race on today’s Wincanton six-race meeting and looks to have been found another winnable opportunity within a week after some shrewd placing from his handler Alan King. PAAP was a winner seven days ago under today’s retained rider Tom Bellamy in a conditional riders race, meaning he escapes the mandatory penalty. She is however due to go up 7lb in the future and therefore a winner without a penalty. I think it is worth concentrating on the three lowest weighted horses here, Jaja De Jau, Con Forza and the selection PAAP. Con Forza is also a last time out winner for Phil Middleton and although was put up 10lb for that performance should still remain competitive. Jaja De Jau wasn’t given the best of rides behind PAAP and with a better jockey back on board today is entitled to finish closer than the 13l he finished in 3rd last time behind her. These three particular horses have less to prove than most in the line up and it looks likely they will fight out the finish amongst themselves. However, I think Prettyasapicture looks the safest option in what looks to be a pretty moderate race on face value and the extra 3f today shouldn’t pose a problem. (5/2 with most big firms)
Jolie Blonde runs in the concluding Wolverhampton race for Sir Mark Prescott and Luke Morris in the familiar silks of Miss Kirsten Rousing whose colours were carried to victory by Alba Verde yesterday. She like so many others is bred for staying distances and now looks to complete a hat-trick over an extended 2m and is interestingly also entered this Saturday again in Wolverhampton over 1m 4f. That is probably because she is due to go up another 4lb in the future. As with all these low level contests this looks like a penalty kick with the exception of Gimme Five for Alan King. Gimme Five has won over 1m4f on the flat and two hurdle races this summer and could prove to be better than his flat mark of 58. He looks like he will still probably have to play second fiddle to Jolie Blonde today as she looks well ahead of the handicapper at present. I think a straight forecast on Jolie Blonde to beat Gimme Five is also worth doing. (10/11 Bet365)
Bets: 1pt win on each and a 1pt double.
Multiple Bet horses:
Prettyasapicture @ 5/2 2.20 Wincanton
Jacksonslady @ 7/2 2.45 Punchestown
Alelchi Inois @ 5/6 3.45 Punchestown
There You Are @ 3/1 5.00 Uttoxeter
Jolie Blonde @ 5/6 8.30 Wolverhampton