Sunday, 27 May 2012

The Good to Firm Sunday Blog - 27 May

Good to Firm all over ... Good to grief more like!  Only a fortnight ago dry weather seemed like a impossible dream.


On Friday a maiden called Dinkie ran at Catterick - she came 8th of 12.  Now this is a family nickname for my daughter and Dinkie (the horse)'s owner will have to pray that she doesn't take after her namesake Dinkie (the girl) who was born 18 days late and has never been on time since (work being an exception but this is necessary for shoe funds).   This race was won by Satsuma trained by David Brown - his second maiden d├ębutante winner over 5f in recent days.  I've had a look and he does have Botanic Garden (run twice previously) running on Tuesday at Ripon in a 5f maiden which might be worth a second look.




Cathy Gannon was back with a bang this week.  She drew a blank from here two rides yesterday (Saturday) but had three winners on Thursday and Friday.  Three days with nine rides and three winners is a great come back after a few weeks away from the track with injury.  




In my daily quest for the winning gee gees, I have a check list that I work down once I've selected a horse in a race.  This determines if I back a horse and if so, then how much I stake.  If a horse is returning from a break of 90+ days with a claimer booked to ride then a line goes through it as in nearly all cases, the horse is having a pipe opener and the jockey is getting a bit more practise in,  Sounds obvious but easily forgotten or overlooked!


Johnny Murtagh lost his fourth place on Sindjara at the Curragh on Saturday for failing to weigh in.   Now he's not an apprentice nor is he inexperienced or unprofessional enough to have 'forgotten' to do this........ so there's only one explanataion......
He stopped for a toilet break half way round!  




My best picks today are:


Curragh
First Choice
E/W or Forecast Choice
1
14:35
So You Think 1st

2
15:40
La Collina UP

3
16:15
Battleroftheboyne UP



Kelso
First Choice
E/W or Forecast Choice
1
14:45
Carters Rest UP

2
15:20
Crowning Jewel 1st

3
16:25
Talk Of Saafend  2nd



Fakenham
First Choice
E/W or RF Choice
1
14:25
Well Mett UP










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