Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Christmas wishes for 2019

The blow-up beds have been deflated and salient family members shoved out the front door and up the road to church.

Fair play to the parish priest too - he's ever eager to play the part of pantomime villain by further elongating an already elongated religious celebration.

The Christmas Day post is never an easy post to write - looking to offer some small crumb of hope and comfort to those forced to spend the day with relatives they wished were a lot further away than they actually are. And then Auntie Betty drops her false teeth into the trifle.

Six cards (Huntingdon abandoned) to analyse before salient family members return - an impossible task, even with the initial spadework carried out last night.

The trouble is this year I think I might have chanced on something that might have half a chance.

The King George and Christmas Hurdle at Kempton promise some fascinating clashes but I won't be having a bet in either; Commanche Red can be given an each-way shout in the 1.20 on the back of  his third behind Nube Negra and his third behind Reserve Tank.

Wetherby's Rowland Meyrick Chase (2.10) will prove informative and Zerachiel - with seven pound claimer Charlie Todd in the plate - can be given every chance in the Lincolnshire National at Market Rasen (2.15) on the back of his second place in this race last year.

I'm off to Wincanton though where Paul Nicholls is usually the trainer to follow.

But what's this? Fresh from pulling off a stunning victory with Not So Sleepy at Ascot on Saturday, renowned Flat trainer Hughie Morrison sends *three* runners to the track - Urban Artist (12.55); Third Wind (1.25) and Supamouse (3.45).

The stable's updated figures with their jump runners after Not So Sleepy's win now read:

Season to date: 4 wins from 9 runs (44%); +23.50 points profit
Last five years: 23 wins from 116 runs (20%); +34.29 points profit

A 1 point each-way patent (outlay 14 points) returns 430 points (using prices quoted today as a guide) in the admittedly unlikely event Mr Morrison's three runners win.

Now, we all know it's been a bumpy year but at least there's something to distract you from Uncle Albert's political ramblings over the Christmas turkey...

With best wishes to all readers this Christmas time.


Anonymous said...

In the need for Boxing Day brevity the Wincanton meeting was missing from my radar as I focused on Kempton and Leopardstown.

I also looked at the Clugston Lincolnshire National [spare a thought for the sponsors former workers made redundant in the run up to Christmas as Clugston fell into receivership] and whilst veterans have a very poor record in this race the system noted that 11-y-o Boric has slipped down to a mark of 112 and at 16/1 could make the frame.

Good luck with that patent.


GeeDee said...

Sorry to hear about the Clugston workers made redundant before Christmas, TW.

2017 winner Cyclop also caught my eye (just the one) at the bottom of the weights.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

...don't be sad two out of three ain't bad

Well done.


GeeDee said...

The exception rather than the rule, I'll be the first to admit, but, unusually, some winners hidden in this post...

The suggested patent didn't get off to the very best of starts with Urban Artist (9/1) unseating at the first (winner Whitehotchillifili one to note) but both Third Wind (11/2) and Supamouse (7/2) obliged to show a return of 47.62 and a profit of 33.62 points (to starting prices). I've spent this evening in a state of extreme shock and have ordered further supplies of port to deal with the situation in hand.

Commanche Red (4/1) won at Kempton having started the day at 12/1 wile TW's each-way pick Boric (14/1) made third place in the Lincolnshire National.

Good Lord, I have never know the like.

GeeDee said...

Monday 30 December 2019

A sad postscript to the suggested patent wager is reported in today's Racing Post.

Supamouse won the Wincanton bumper by 14 lengths and looked set for a trip to Cheltenham in the spring but the next day he was found to have a perforated intestine and could not be saved.