Off on my hols

Up and down betting at the moment.  Good bets on Addikt and Whispering Angel came in but I took a heavy loss on Royal Destination last night.  I missed an opportunity when Papradon, who had nearly reeled in Lilac Moon last time, won the first at Newmarket at a big price.  It’s a nice boost for her form though.

Just one runner today – Scrapper Smith goes in a nursery at Lingfield tonight.  He’s been a little disappointing so far, but I’m reasonably positive about his chances tonight.  I think he was run off his feet last time on 5 furlongs on very firm ground – I think 6 furlongs is probably his trip and G/F looks fine.  He has the best draw today and we’ll probably try to make all – the rail may assist.

I’ve had a look at the rest of the day.  Firebet caught my eye as an interesting outsider in the first at Newbury.  In the 4:30 I’m tempted to give one last chance to Passage of Time.  At Newmarket Truly Divine is an interesting runner in the 2:00 and supposedly goes well at home.  I also like Arthur’s Girl in the 2:35.  Trinity College goes for Mike de Kock at Haydock.  His string showed their wellbeing last week and I may have a go there.

In the last at Newmarket I’m sticking with Kasban, a horse I tried to buy last year.  He’s trying 2 miles for the first time, but he’s clearly a marathon type and he has the right jockey on board today.  Last time out he just beat Daylami Dreams, who goes again in the 4:45 at Newmarket – he might benefit from a slightly more aggressive ride, and the two make an interesting double.

I’m off for two week on Sunday – Mick will update the blog while I’m away.  Runners in the foreseeable include Pansy Potter, Scrapper Smith (Again), King’s Head, Parisian Gift and Lilac Moon.  Pansy we think we like but she may need the run first time.  Scrapper would be of interest if he ran a big race tonight.  King’s Head likes it firm and is well.  Parisian Gift is certainly better than his last run.  Lilac may still be well in despite going up 6lb and is honest and reliable.

Winker is in the Sussex on July 30, and is an intended runner at this stage. 

I return on August 3, when Marine Boy will come out in a maiden at Newbury.  We like him a lot.