we came out with a decent profit on Saturday from our 4 selections... our first selection Ballymoy continued his winning run making it 6 wins out of his last 7. He was always up with the pace and coming off the bend Thomas Bellamy went for home and he stayed on best of all to win by 1 3/4 lengths. I was very impressed by the way he travelled throughout the race and especially by his slick hurdling. He holds an entry for the Grade 3 Betfair Hurdle over 2m½f at Newbury in early February.
Next, we had Present Man who ran OK but by 4 out it was obvious with Bryony Frost hard at work he wasn't going to figure in the finish and he finished a distant 4th.
Then came Flying Angel which I said was a touch speculative, but the drop in trip didn't help and as sod's law states with all EW selections he could only manage 5th when we went 4 places. To add insult to injury we didn't back Cyrname after he was very disappointing for us last time and he duly bolted up with a fine display of jumping winning by an impressive 21 lengths.
We thought we were going to end up with a much bigger profit with our last selection Robinsworth who rallied between the final two fences after Richard Johnson had held him together as he seemed to run in snatches, if he had jumped the last a little better he might have won, but he just couldn't quite peg back Wakanda on the run in.
We will be having a quiet week as there is only the one Class 2 and above race tomorrow and no more until Saturday.
The team at Cleeve
P.S. The reviews of the Route66 races from Saturday have been posted and you can read them by clicking here.
3.25 Kelso - Belhaven Brewery Handicap Hurdle (Class 2) (4yo+)
Cleeve Top Rated:-
1) Aristo Du Plessis – 65
2) Katgary – 62
3) Craig Star – 58
Lightly raced Mahlervous is the market leader, but he is hard to win with so not to be trusted Second rated Katgary is now a non-runner and Craig Star despite being a course and distance winner is on a poor run and is very hard to win with.
Aristo Du Plessis could be the best of a bad bunch here, as he at least has a decent winning strike rate; however, this trip is a step into the unknown, but if he stays, he could win at decent odds. No Bet.