It was a bad day on Saturday – I had four bets, one of which won at around 16-1 (Bustan at Thirsk) but still finished well down on the day as I had such a big bet on Dutch Art. I made some amends today by having a chunky bet on Missis Potts who had impressed me when she beat Prince Ary in a race I was expecting us to win. Prince Ary himself came second earlier in the day – I had a small bet on him for sanity’s sake but that was bad discipline and I should have left alone.
Pete was upbeat after the Greenham, suggesting it could be very different in the Guineas. I’m not inclined to give Dutch Art another chance – I think he’s a top class horse and I’ve no doubt he can improve, but Major Cadeaux beat him fair and square and can also come on for the run. The 2000 Guineas could be a classy race this year – at this stage I’m inclined to side with Major Cadeaux as the value at 6-1.
It looks like it’s going to be a fairly quiet week runner wise. King’s Head may well go to Punchestown, and if he does could be my only runner of the week. If the ground is right (good or better) he could go well enough – Artadi franked the form of his one hurdle race today and Gary thinks a lot of the horse. I’ll probably go over – Betfair do a lot of entertaining at Punchestown and I could catch up with the Irish team.