Sunday 28th June
A very tricky Curragh Card, low field sizes at Newmarket and Windsor and genuinely soft Going at Hamilton today.
A couple at nice e/w prices might be worth a small 1/2 point Tracker bet, but that's about it...
Here are Ian's thoughts on a couple of Trackers-:
The 2.55 at Hamilton over 1 mile and 1/2 Furlong is a dire Class 6 race with a 12 race Maiden as 5/2 favourite. This is the kind of race where I like to start at the bottom of the market, work up and try to find something at big price value with a glimmer of form and then build on that.
The interesting one therefore here is OUR RODNEY. It did actually win as a 2 year old which is something most of these will never do. It's trained by Donal McCain so you know it will be fit, ridden by one of his daughters, so no jockey competency concerns and has had a run recently too.
It's when you look at that 2 year old race back in 2018 and see amongst the horses it beat were a horse who has won off a mark of 62 subsequently for Mark Johnston, one thats won off 69 for Richard Fahey and a horse who has won a few times off marks of 69/70 for David O'Meara that you realise it had ability then and still plenty of scope to prove that wasn't a fluke.
The Odds and more recent form suggest it's correctly priced. A thorough analysis shows that it may just be one that flies in and when you look afterwards you think "why didn't I spot that". That's our job to do for you, and this is one of those that would give massive satisfaction if it obliged with a win or a place.
Over at The Curragh at 3.45 the Paddy Power Rockingham over 5 furlongs with a big field, the market seems to have it about right so again the search is for some value.
Andrew Slattery has his horses in good form, winning a few and a lot of placed runners. At nice double figure Odds CITYMAN arrives fit from a run that was needed over 6 furlongs and off a mark that whilst a bit too high is not insurmountable. I'm playing for enhanced place money here at nice odds and like for a nice run and some e/w profit.