Wednesday 13th June

Good Morning

There are some decent Class 2 races today; that's the good news, the bad news is that they are all at the biggest dump on the Racing Circuit (Chelmsford) quite why the naffest of the naff AW tracks should get these races over long established and cracking Turf venues is beyond my comprehension, may be I am the dinosaur in the room and the "old git" but it is a worrying trend and another example of better quality races being dished out to M25 tracks who invariably have poor "walk up" crowds unless they make racing the secondary entertainment to "has been in some cases never were" former pop stars. Crazy imho. There is also Flat Turf Racing at Haydock; Hamilton and Yarmouth and more AW at Kempton Park - it is near mid June yet the race planners give us 2 x AW Fixtures, not as bad as the other week when we had 3 x NH Fixtures.  

A very nice win for RACEMAKER advised at 20/1 and widely available at 16/1 and better most of the morning; it won with an SP of 17/2, backed late on Course in from 12/1. It won cosily I thought, and a welcome big priced winner, with all the feedback indicating that those that took a price got 16/1+. URBAN ICON won too, a shame though that stablemate Critical Data was a non runner (trod on shoe and got bruising) that is one we will keep a close eye on. We had nice placed runs from WICKED SEA and CLENYMISTRA both only narrowly beaten, and a decent day could have been an excellent day had they obliged, but still some nice e/w change from those pair beaten a nose and 1/2 length respectively..

The 3.15 at Thirsk saw Aleef a non runner and Lexington Times refuse to race, I'm told that some bookies refunded Lexington Times as a non runner like SkyBet, PP gave a "free bet" and other treated it as a loser (thanks to Neil for this info); to be wholly transparent we will treat it as a loser. As I have said a few times recently, whilst we have had enough big priced winners and steady number of placed horses to make a profit, we have not really hit the level of consistency we can do and which I expect. The 2 wins and 2 very close up runners up yesterday was much more like what I expect us to do most days, not some days, and a target we aim to hit regularly.

Of the others NEMEAN LION is definitely one to track I think; led and prominent for a long way at Southwell, it was eased when fading and that indicates to me it may be still needed the run and I would be very interested next time and if they find a race over 2 miles and 5 or 6 furlongs; one for the tracker, with Critical Data and Aleef the pair of non runners..   

Tips today from Placepotter at Yarmouth and The Professor at Hamilton and a mention at Haydock and a few Tricast Perm suggestions.

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