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Highlight of the week
Queenofhearts showed plenty of guts to see off Danse Idol from the red-hot Paul Nicholls stable and looks like she has a bit more to come.
Low point of the week
There were peas and carrots everywhere in Cleeve Towers when top-rated Brio Conti held on to take Ascot's handicap hurdle at 25/1. He'd showed plenty of encouraging signs when we tipped him the time before but we were worried by how quickly he had been pulled up...
Well, we finally managed to get back into action after the flu-induced break and had a nice winner on Friday, fostering high hopes for another profitable day on Saturday as we had done a lot of work... but sadly, as things turned out it was all a bit of a damp squib!
On Friday the well-backed Queenofhearts showed a commendable attitude. She was joined at the last by Danse Idol who seemed to be going the better, but when both mares knuckled down to fight it out there was only going to be one winner and she looks to have a bit more to come.
Saturday kicked off with Malaya who like all good e/w selections finished 4th at 20/1! Harry Cobden got a bit squeezed up on the home turn and switched her off the rails losing a bit of ground in the process, if he had shown a bit more patience he could have kept his position and might of made the frame.
The curtain was finally drawn on the glittering career of Coneygree who was the first novice to win the Gold Cup for 41 years. The winner of 9 of his 16 races, he was hard to keep sound but his zest for racing, clearly evidenced by his heart-on-his-sleeve front running style and bold jumping made him a favourite with plenty of racing fans and we're glad that he goes off to the paddocks in good health.
Next up was Champers on Ice who was a mega on-course punt down to 5/1 (we advised him the night before at 14/1). He travelled nicely for a long way but after over a year off the track he was entitled to get a bit tired and he could only stay on at the one pace... but it was a very encouraging come back. We also took a punt on Solighoster back over hurdles but he never got involved and was beaten a long way out.
Impulsive Star who we strongly fancied was a non-runner in the Grand National Trial which left us with Ar Mest in the rearranged Betfair Hurdle who ran really well and threw down a challenge over the last two but was ultimately run out of it close home and finished 5th but we backed him 6 places so made a small profit.
So we finished down a quarter of a point on the day and just over a point on the week. There are months where we're going to have spectacular wins and there are months when we'll finish in the red, and we have to accept there will be times when we'll spend all month taking two steps back every time we take two steps forward... February looks like one of those months.
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