Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Palmer Hoping Iffraaj Shows Spirit At Kempton (7th October)

Quick update on what wasn’t the best few days to be honest. In my last post I mentioned two flat horses who I thought had a chance, I did an each way double and both got placed so it wasn’t too bad in the end. The Mark Johnson Frankel Colt Harlem Soul finished second which wasn't a bad debut even though he couldn't land a blow to the eventual winner Farhan. I’m pretty sure Harlem Soul will improve for that run. 

My next horse was Sky Power who definitely didn't have the power I was hoping for but plugged on for third place. I mentioned a couple of trackers on Twitter today and wished I hadn't, the first was Fleur De Guy who had a first time tongue strap but that didn't work and finished down the field and then the expensive 3-year-old Thrill Seeker who didn't improve from last year and still couldn't settle. 

A couple of days to forget but sometimes you just have to trust yourself and keep working hard to try to find the winners. 

16:20 Navan (IRE) 07 Oct 2020 

Going to venture over to Ireland tomorrow and try my luck. It looks a nice little maiden with a couple of trackers that could turn out to be nice types. EMPORIO runs for Donnacha O'Brien and made a pleasing debut at Naas a couple of weeks ago when finishing second but was staying on well. The extra furlong should suit and the Zoffany colt should run well here. I mentioned a horse on Twitter a few weeks back that I would be keeping an eye out for and tomorrow is the day he is back out. I never seem to be able to catch Aidan O’Brien horses at the right time but hopefully that all changes tomorrow. NATIONAL BALLET Made his debut at Curragh a few weeks back and took a drift in the market to 12/1. To my eyes(can’t be trusted to be fair as I definitely need glasses) National Ballet was slowly away but kept on without troubling the leaders. Hoping I can have a small each way on the Deep Impact colt. At the time of writing 11/2. 

17:30 Kempton 07 Oct 2020

A speculative each way here on the Hugo Palmer trained SPIRIT OF IFFRAAJ. Never supported on debut at Newbury back in August when going off a 40/1 shot. The Iffraaj colt ran pretty well until fading over a furlong out in what looked a half decent race. Been off the course over 50 days now and comes back wearing a tongue strap here. I do like this owner trainer combination, and they have done me a few favours in the past. The owner Dr Ali Ridha is a familiar owner with Hugo Palmer and always worth looking out for, so I will be doing a small each way bet here and hopefully Spirit Of Iffraaj can add another to the collection. At the time of writing 14/1. 

Good luck and stay safe.

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