Monday 29 March 2021

George Scott And My 3yo's To Follow Weekend Double (29th March)

It’s back and what a great weekend it was for flat racing, yes maybe some of you are not as excited as me to see 2-year-olds but for me it beats watching National Hunt for sure, each to their own I guess. 

The Brocklesby started us off this weekend and even though I wrote a post last week I was still undecided and ended up having a small each way on Kenyan Commander. The money came but despite a touch keen and showing early pace my selection faded. It was nice to see the Eve Johnson-Houghton trained Chipotle win easily as Eve gave the Havana Gold colt as a horse to follow in her post last month. Pretty sure the Richard Fahey Vintage Clarets will come on plenty for that run after being slowly away. 

As we all know we have had a bit of negativity the past few months with a certain trainer but personally I have found they are willing to help and chat any time so it was great to see George Scott have a great weekend with a couple of nice winners. George is a great approachable guy always willing to talk, I think he probably wishes he never gave me his number to be honest. 

Too Friendly was his first winner of the weekend who was given a great ride by jockey Callum Shepherd, what a jockey by the way. 

Next up was George Peabody who I noted as a 3-year-old to follow in one of my past posts

This looked a nice race with some potentially nice newcomers none more so than the Stoute newcomer Thaler who was supported throughout the day. 

I thought George Peabody ran a cracker on debut and would have gone closer if not meeting a bit of trouble so it was nice to see him make headway and with a clear run he quickened up in the style of a nice horse, I couldn’t believe the price but wasn’t arguing with a nice each way at 11/1. I did mention this horse on twitter and thanks for the kind messages. 

George Scott kindly sent me a voice note with a few words on Too Friendly and George Peabody “ I think George Peabody will probably run in another novice before we decide with race to go for at Royal Ascot either the Britannia or the Jersey and Too Friendly will certainly go for a Derby Trial but not sure which one”. 
A couple more from the 3-year-old list ran over the weekend and both Aidan O’Brien. I was pretty disappointed with Hms Seahorse who was beaten odds on. The Galileo colt who is well-thought of at Ballydoyle was never involved and I will be keeping an eye on the market next time for sure. My next one was the unraced Empress Josephine who was another well-thought of type for Aidan, even though I didn’t have a bet it was nice to see her win on debut at 3/1. I will be looking forward to seeing which way Aidan takes her as she has entries for the Irish Guineas and the Irish Oaks. 

Eye-Catcher. The Race at Doncaster in which George Peabody won might just throw a couple of winners, obviously the second and third look promising but I thought the Richard Hannon newcomer and expensive Dandy Man colt Lafan ran a race full of promise even though he never landed a blow, he did attract some late support and under a tender ride plugged on. I will watch the market with interest next timeout. 

Not much catches the eye with only a few 2-year-old races trickling through but I’m sure it will be busy again soon. Thanks for reading and stay extra safe during these uncertain times.

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