#startracking Thursday April 14th 11am

Working hard on Craven review. Could be a lot of “stating the bleeding obvious”.

Meanwhile here are the results from the last couple of days.

Tuesday April 12th

A PLIEN TEMPS                      3rd        4/1CoFav3 Odd race. Never looked to be travelling in comfort zone despite being in position A. Outpaced at the top of the home straight then kept on after the last. Needs a fence and a trip and probably to grow up physically and mentally.

CHIEF WHIP                            Non Runner Presume because of the ground?

TABARRAK                              2nd        2/1Fav (4/1 early 30p in £ Rule 4) Short legs? Led, prominent, every chance, headed last 50 yards. What next?

TERUNTUM STAR                   1st        16/1 (20/1 early 10p in £ Rule 4) Wins on first start since gelding operation. Won without cover and battled on well. Handles, probably needs, Soft ground, Newmarket’s undulations. Spring and Autumn campaign planned.

FAWAAREQ                            2nd        3/1 (7/2 early 10p in £ Rule 4) Too keen early to win the race. Will win a decent 8-10F race on better ground.

CARTAGO                               Non Runner


Wednesday April 13th

IBN MALIK                              1st        3/1JF Annoyingly made him a watching brief! Prominent, keen, led all the way. Simple! Not sure he beat much but the Jersey at Royal Ascot is the target.

BRANDO                                 1st        2/1Fav Again I thought the price was too short and said Watching Brief. Hosed up here and there is nothing wrong with Kevin Ryan’s sprinters. I hope he doesn’t get handicapped out of a nice prize at York, a course I think will suit him. Today Ryan has Flaming Spear (halved in price!) at Newm. 5.05 and Piazon (see below)/Uptight/Master Mirasol at Ripon.

Apologies for my “Hobbs Benefit” selections at Cheltenham yesterday, more like “Hobbs on benefits”!

Bertie Boru was 12th (in rear, got further behind!!), Drumlee Sunset had a squeak turning for home but finished 9th and Cloud Creeper was a never interested 4th. Must do better!

FOX NORTON                         1st        8/11Fav Won comfortably, to ease the pain, but I’ve seen better rounds of jumping. Mulholland talking of stepping up in trip for the likes of Paddy Power Bet Victor Gold Cup next season.



Ripon 2.35                  PIAZON you can’t fault the current well-being of Kevin Ryan’s older sprinters. Piazon is a Soft ground 6F type who is currently 2lb below his last winning mark. His best run last season came here at Ripon over 6F with cut in the ground from a high draw. I like my horses in big field sprints at Ripon to be drawn within six of either rail and pray I’m on the right side! We have probably missed the price but he is a one star* win selection @ 6/1 general.


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