Today’s Info 5th May 2014
Managed to land the pin on a couple that needed a run yesterday, Cafe Society and Secondo gave the distinct impressions that they have now completed their tune ups and that is fair enough. The latter usually goes well fresh but the market was speaking negatively pre race and it will be interesting to watch this in the ring next time.
The Guineas was a muddler, if you were off the front end it was tough to make any impression and the runner up has to be considered a tad unlucky having made moves from further back. Vorda lost her race early on and Princess Noor didn’t run as well as I had hoped, the next run will tell a lot about those in behind.
Decent racing at The Curragh today, the stand out really of a busy bank holiday but I’m focused on the Kempton card for punting.
Western King has been given a winter off and is returning for a handy looking pot on the card over 3m at 3.25 this afternoon. Charlie Mann managed to win a couple with him last back end and then put him away after a decent effort behind Coole River at Taunton which was the best race he had tackled. McCoy rode that day and put it up to the horse but he was willing enough if not good enough after some tough races.
This race looks weak for the money and the trainer has been highly happy with his return at home suggesting he is much improved, that is obviously a good sign and Gavin Sheehan has the ride who knows the horse well (reportedly a little quirky at home and has an obvious high head carriage any way). He is closely matched with the more fancied Hatters River and Caufields Venture’s run of success came to an end last time out and he probably has enough on now from a mark of 121. The whole field is vulnerable to a return to form from Quinz but predicting that is tricky enough, track has to be the only positive alongside the mark as recent efforts have seen him remain a shadow of his best.
Western King should have more to give, conditions are right and the suggestion is he will be fit enough, that should make him tough to keep out of the frame in a decent race worth having him ready for.
On the same card Claret Cloak looks a stand out despite having to turn around a place with Time Over Sivola from their Aintree efforts. Emma Lavelle’s runner surely would have accounted for Alan King’s inmate if they hadn’t had to try and get to a resurgent Parsnip Pete that day and the odds don’t quite mirror my view this afternoon. Game as she is I think Pepite Rose will have plenty on to give Claret Cloak weight here and with pace g’teed for the race Noel Fehily should have all the cards to play and 11/4 looks fair game.
Best of luck and enjoy your day.
3.25 Western King 1pt Win – 10/1 Boyles and Bet365 ( 9/1 Coral and 11/1 with BetVictor )
4.35 Claret Cloak 1pt Win – 11/4 Coral, W Hill, BetfairSportsBook and Skybet
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