Thursday 4 July 2019

Man Of The Night Impresses On Debut (Plus Reviews And Preview)


Quick update on a few trackers that have run this week. First was the 14.30 at Musselburgh on Wednesday. I had two trackers running here and both had a ding-dong battle to the line with Bill Neigh just getting up to beat Ventura Flame. Both are nice types and will pick up a couple of races this season but I didn't bet as both too short. Willa was also short and was a no bet and was disappointingly fourth. 

Quite a few reputations on the line on Thursday. Exciting Days had drifted all day in the 14.50 at Yarmouth so was a no bet for me, I can’t stress this enough that I won't bet if a 2-year-old tracker drifts like Exciting Days did today, yes the odd time the drifters win but I like to see my horses getting supported. My other tracker in the race was the eventual winner Iffraaz who showed his class and won at a generous price of 7/4. 

Later on, was the Newbury evening meeting which I had been looking forward to for a while now. I mentioned a couple of exciting prospects running in the 18.20 at Newbury in my last post. First was the 140,000 gns purchase So Sharp for Archie Watson and then the Richard Hannon Dark Angel Filly Dark Lady. So Sharp was steadily backed throughout the day and from an early price of 5/2 she was sent of 11/10 favourite while my second tracker Dark Lady drifted out to 6/1 as the support for So Sharp continued up until race time. I had a small win bet on Dark Lady as I missed the boat on So Sharp. 

The race itself proves that money talks especially with 2-year-olds. The bookies had it spot on this time as So Sharp and Dark Lady settled down to battle it out in the last furlong. It seemed to me Hollie Doyle was pulling double and apart from So Sharp showing a bit of inexperience and hanging right the result was never in doubt as she ran on to win by a comfortable length. As for Dark Lady that was a lovely introduction and am sure she will be contesting some Group races herself this season. 

In my post on the 26th June, I mentioned 3 Horses to Follow and one was running in the 18.55. Man Of The Night was one I mentioned and checking the market the night before the early price of 13/8 was soon gobbled up from some shrewd punters who knew how good this Richard Hannon colt is. By the time I was on my work break at 10am he was a shade of odds on and you would have been lucky to get even money. Another no bet for me at the price, going off topic a bit but from a selfish betting perspective I would have liked to have seen one of my trackers disappoint so next time I could get a bit of value. Anyway that wasn’t the case as Man Of Night soon quickened clear and ran out an impressive winner. Richard Hannon and owner Mr Saeed Manana have some serious firepower this season with Man Of The Night and his half brother Wild Thunder. 

Timeform Early Declaration Alert With Preview:

18:40 Beverley 05 Jul 2019: Mighty Spirit has solid form to her name. Trained by Richard Fahey and owned by the down to earth John Dance. Might Spirit has run with credit in all three races and none more so than coming sixth in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot. Will be a major disappointment if she gets beat here. No bet. 

19:25 Haydock 05 Jul 2019: Top Class Angel for Richard Hannon. I can’t seem to catch the Richard Hannon horses at the right time. This Dark Angel filly cost 240,000 euros so was not exactly cheap and was nibbled at from 7/1 to 5/1 on her debut. The experience will have done her good and I will be keeping a close eye on the market to see if supported again (8/1 time of writing). Could be an each way bet if doesn't drift like Exciting days did today. 

Thanks for reading and good luck.

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