The flat season is off and running and we've already had the first two Classics and the action is set to continue thick and fast and it the stalls will be opening at Royal Ascot before we know it. The good news is that the Covid measures taken by the BHA seem to be effective and it looks increasingly likely that the season can be completed without further interruption (touch wood!).
This week's wrap covers Kameko's victory in the 2000 Guineas from a couple of different angles, we've got a 'jockeys eye view' of the race as Oisin Murphy talks us through the race, followed by the rating reaction by those form doyens at Timeform. There's a look around the somewhat depressing vision of what a post-Covid betting shop will look like. We mourn the passing of a legend of the game with the death yesterday of Gordon Lord Byron. Bookies offers go under the spotlight and it is clear that some are good but when you break them down some are not so good. Finally, there's a look at the big impact last weeks racing has had on the Derby markets as we are now less than 4 weeks away...
Enjoy and stay safe and well
The team at Cleeve
Timeform's Reaction to Kameko's Win
The ratings experts at Timeform reacted very favourably to Kameko's win and were also impressed with Wichita's improved form that saw him reverse Dewhurst form with both Pinatubo and stable first string; Arizona
Take a look at this short video from The Sun in which Simon Clare from Ladbroke/Coral takes a walk through what a high street bookies is expected to look like when they re-open...
Gordon Lord Byron - A Legend Bows Out
Gordon Lord Byron has collapsed and died on the gallops. One of the most popular Flat campaigners of recent times he led connections on a rags-to-riches journey, having cost just €2,000 as a foal. Trainer Tom Hogan led the tributes...
Are Bookies Concessions Worth Anything?
You should take advantage of offers/concessions bookmakers are making when there is a positive value. The market is competitive and bookmakers are keen to secure your business... but not all concessions are created equal!
And finally... Epsom Derby Odds Shakeup
After the first week back the Derby market has a very different look to it, with two horses who were previously priced at 12/1 and 66/1 before the weekend, now the front two in the market. And winter antepost hotpot Pinatubo a massive drifter out to a best-priced 33/1!