Today’s Info 8th August 2015
It’s a bit of fun for many with the Shergar Cup and it looks like it might offer a couple of opportunities for punters although this type of competition comes with the usual wealth warnings!
Double Up should land the opener but is priced about right, so perhaps is best just left to do what he has been doing and run another big race for jockey Blake Shinn although the 3s with one layer looks tempting if you can get on.
The run last time from Xinbama was very taking and under Jamie Spencer looks a little bit of value to back it up on the card. Got a rise and that’s expected but once hitting form should hold it and I expect another big effort and at the prices a small stake wager in order.
Acolyte is similar in stature against opposition as Double Up is on the card and Roger Charlton’s runner should wrap up a turf win in the 3.50pm having blossomed of late on the all weather. Another priced about right and I will probably wrap that and Double Up for small stakes to both go in but the markets are offering up any gifts.
At Haydock I thought Basateen might be a better price up against the progressive Rembrant Van Rijn but the market is well awake to the likely improver and that tempers staking again at tight odds. Loads more to come, steps up in trip and I’d be hopeful the market is right and Hanagan can take the scalp of Lanigan’s charge. The theme of the day though it seems is the prices are not making it easy to steam in anywhere. Festive Fare is also clipped a little shorter than I’d like for a second wager in the race but on handicap debut is a player too and can certainly do better in this company.
Tricky day nothing to jump up and down about so quietly into the weekend we go and eyes on the Cricket and Football may be well placed!
Ascot 2.05 – Xinbama 0.5pt Win – 11/2 General
Haydock 2.20 – Basateen 0.75pt Win – 4/1 General
Haydock 2.20 – Festive Fare 0.5pt Win – 7/1 General
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