Somehow the racing Gods seem to know whenever you brag about a winning bet and send you crashing back down to earth at speed as they did to me last weekend. African Gold ought to remain on your “to follow” list as he will learn from the experience and is a very decent horse – he will win races but who knows when for now? Nevertheless today is another betting day and its time for me to get back on track with my two best bets of the day!
This weekend has seen the majority of the top races cut up badly leaving small fields, questionable tactics, and zero value, so we need to look elsewhere for a couple to consider punting – or just watching if that is what you prefer? Lingfield on then polytrack look as good a place to start as any (after all, at least we have a half decent idea about the going), with the Conditions Stakes at 12.55pm seen as the next step in the promising career of Sir Robert Cheval (11/10 Ladbrokes). Trained in Newmarket by young Marco Botti, the son of Green Desert let the stable supporters down on his debut when odds on and only third at Yarmouth where the soft ground may well have been his undoing, but he made no mistake to take his maiden over course and distance. He is apparently working really well at home and is fully expected to improve again today, though he will need to with the likes of Complicit (9/4 Coral) and the once raced Yagheer (7/2 Ladbrokes) in opposition.
For a second, even riskier bet (sometimes they come off, sometimes they don’t), how about the Gary Moore owned Gary Moore trained Joshua Moore ridded The Game Is A Foot (6/5 Betfred) in the 2.15pm at Huntingdon this afternoon? Now a six year old, he won as he pleased last time out at Plumpton last Monday and reappears quickly under a seven pound penalty to avoid a punitive weight rise from the dreaded handicapper. I am wary that the drop back to two miles is unlikely to be in his favour but they are trying to strike while the iron is hot in this conditional jockeys handicap, where Joshua will at least know his ride better than most of the other partnerships.
Sir Robert Cheval (11/10 Ladbrokes)
The Game Is A Foot (6/5 Betfred)