The 363rd edition of the Wayward Lad blog.
No selections for the blog yesterday.
Today, we have 3 jumps meetings at Aintree, Chepstow and Stratford, and two flat meetings at Doncaster and Newbury. All-in-all, the day is set for a tremendous spectacle of horseracing.
Unfortunately, at Aintree (due, in no fault to the course) in what is the first major meeting of this jumps season, only 3 horse’s line-up for the feature race of the afternoon, the “Old Roan” chase over 2m4f. Now, I know MASTER MINDED is a class act but he is not unbeatable; and Albertas Run may be the one to beat in the “Ryanair“ come the Festival in March, but he is not normally at his best this early in the season. Both of these horses have the Festival next March as their prime targets – and so, this race at this time of year is when they should be best taken on. It’s obvious, isn’t it?
Fair play to Peter Bowen entering the outclassed novice Pure Faith to take the 3rd place money. However, I expect the Aintree management are wondering why the likes of Somersby, Mad Max, I’m So Lucky, Captain Cee Bee, Kalahari King, Tartak and others, are not here. None of them are ever going to be likely to win at the Festival in March, but they could claim a top race here when the best are at their weakest and, what’s more, race conditions are in their favour. It is very disappointing.
I cannot find a wager at Aintree today. I can see a few speculative “punts”, but nothing that I want to put my money on.
At Chepstow, I like Tataniano, but odds will be short.
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