The 474th edition of the Wayward Lad blog.
Yesterday's racing worked well for me as I was able to make a significant margin when trading BEAU DANDY in the 3m1f, class 5 handicap chase at Hexham. Unfortunately for him, the going was a lot worse than expected and he was unable to last out the trip well enough to win but, having placed my wager at 7.40, there was ample opportunity to trade out at a profit during the race and that's what I did at 3.70. That wasn't the case with COOLMINX at Pontefract (and not Catterick as I wrote in yesterday's blog – a mental aberration there) and, despite placing my wager at 19.50, due to the worsening ground I chickened-out and traded-out at 17.0 before the off. As things happened, the field split and it was the low numbers that held a clear advantage, tho' COOLMINX finished the clear 2nd of those who raced with the stands side (high drawn) group.
The is virtually nothing of interest for me in racing today. I have never been a particular fan of the Punchestown Festival as – coming after both Cheltenham and Aintree – there is a high degree of possibility that horses that contested those earlier festivals will (by now) be "over-the-top".
The only race I've looked at today is – by chance – on the all-weather at Wolverhampton. It is the 3:20 over 7f & 32 yards, and the one I'm looking at is ALL RIGHT NOW drawn 6 of the 12 runners. Generally a prominent runner, the gelding has been running well recently before being caught in the closing stages. Today, there are few in this who will want to force the pace, so ALL RIGHT NOW should lead into the final furlong. At that point, the hold-up horses will be making their move and I can foresee a lot of traffic problems which could play to the advantage of ALL RIGHT NOW.
I'm not an aficionado of all-weather racing, so I'm not making ALL RIGHT NOW a selection despite odds of 9/1 being generally available. I'm expecting an SP of less than 6/1, so I'll be trading on ALL RIGHT NOW as a back-to-lay.
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