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Highlight of the week
Nothing from a selections point of view that could remotely be classed as a highlight. On a more general racing view, the return of Altior to winning ways was great to see which puts him bang in contention for the Champion Chase. You can read our review on Altior's performance here
Low point of the week
Probably the biggest low point of the week was Never Adapt who was pulled up by Barry Geraghty immediately after the first. The stewards reported after the race that the Vet found that her to be lame behind so we hope she is OK. In the same race, Jonjo O'Neil Jnr rode our other selection Highly Prized much too aggressively for a race such as this.
Welcome to this weeks weekly review
A frustrating week results-wise. We had 5 selections; 3 of then were just out of the places, and another was pulled up lame after the first so we never got a run for our money.
The 3 that finished just out of the places would have made a difference of nearly 8 points on the week reducing the loss from 10 points to 2.2 points. But it wasn't to be and we have to swallow the loss.
We had one selection on Thursday in Messire Des Obeaux who we thought if only 75% fit would be hard to beat. He was coming into contention but blundered at the 3rd last which knocked the stuffing out of him and he was eased down and allowed to come home in his own time in 4th.
Saturday was a blank day with Cap Soleil being well backed and shaped as if retaining ability after 10 months off. She was patiently ridden and made her effort on the home turn but found little and looked like she should shape better for the run.
Gala Ball ran respectably in first-time cheekpieces but his jumping let him down in the middle section of the race and he lost ground at few fences which put paid to any chance of winning. He did plug on in the latter stages to come in 4th,
We had two against the field in the Betfair hurdle which turned out to be a dramatic race with the standing start not being ideal and then Never Adapt being pulled up lame immediately after the first and Jonjo O'Neil Jnr trying to win the race from the front on Highly Prized which we thought were the wrong tactics in a race such as this and he paid the price at the business end with a wall of horses coming off the pace to swallow him up leaving him way down the field in 18th spot.
So after our improvement in form over the last few weeks, we took a step back but we are still confident we will end up in a positive situation at the end of the season.
We introduced a new ante-post service recently to try and take advantage of the early markets and look for horses that would definitely run and lock in some value on the price and extra places.
This has not really worked with bookies rigging the place terms so we will be stopping the service for the time being.
We are still going to analyse the markets behind the scenes and see if we can tweak things up. If we do find a winning strategy we will introduce the service back into the mix.
The Week Ahead
Another quiet week in prospect and the quality of decent midweek racing which is set to continue for the next 2 or 3 weeks as everyone gears up for Festival... feast or famine!
Monday - no qualifying races
Tuesday - no qualifying races
Wednesday - Wetherby 4.25
Thursday - Kelso 2.37, 3.07
Friday - Sandown 2.25
Saturday - Ascot 1.15, 1.50, 2.25, 3.00, 335 Haydock 2.05, 2.40, 3.15, 3.50, 4.25 Wincanton 2.45
As always we will email members the night before every qualifying race with analysis, ratings and any tips.
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