Friday 16 April 2021

Weekend Thoughts (April 17th)

Quick review of my last post. Absolutely ran a stinker and will be taken out the trackers after that run at Leopardstown. I was expecting a little support as I jumped in at 14s the night before but no money came and as expected my bet went down, talking of market support I made the same mistake with Canonized when I again I thought I was getting a good overnight price with 6/1 but by the start of the race the William Haggas runner had taken a walk in the betting and end up 10s, when will I bloody learn. To be honest, I think she needs further and wearing a hood down to post is never a good sign. I saw enough to keep her in the trackers and will be keeping a close eye on the market next run. I did mention the Tate runner whom James likes and despite a drift I thought it was a pleasing debut by El Hadeeyah to finish third and one to keep an eye out for. Finally a winner when the well-thought of Joseph O’Brien colt SOUTHERN LIGHTS put in a very impressive display to win at Leopardstown, I was pleasantly surprised at the 4/1 odds in the end. A couple of 3-year-olds to follow ran on Thursday and as always it’s disappointing to see them get beat but both Valiant Prince and Maytal I would think are better than yesterday's performances. 

A few 2-year-old races but I’m still wary about these early races so will be leaving well-alone but I still have a few 3-year-old trackers coming through. 

17:15 Nottingham 17 Apr 2021 

I do have two trackers in this and will wait to see the betting first but here we go. 

The Roger Varian trained THIRD REALM comes from a very nice family with plenty of winners, Cape Byron was a nice type for Roger winning the Victoria Cup in 2019, also won on his reappearance as a 3-year-old. Another offspring of dam Reem Free who was decent type herself for Luca Cumani is Ajman Princess who won the Group One Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville in 2017. Third Realm is a bay 3-year-old Sea The Stars colt owned by Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum who made his debut at Kempton last November when sent off 16/5 from 6/1. Third Realm was caught napping at the start and missed the break but caught back up soon enough, watching the replay again I think the front few got first run on Third Realm and the Sea The Stars colt wasn’t given a hard time, the trip should be more to his liking and hopefully Third Realm can be involved at the finish. The winner Lord Protector has won again since. As long as no big drift I will hope I can get an each way price but could be wishful thinking by me. 

Richard Hannon has REMEDIUM in this race who was purchased for 48,000 gns. 

16:50 Curragh (IRE) 17 Apr 2021 

BLUE PLANET comes with a big price tag for Aidan O’Brien. The KIngman colt was a 9/1 shot on debut at Dundalk and managed to finish third to Hype. Blue Planet cost a whopping 1,800,000 gns and can hopefully get off the mark here. 

11:10 Thirsk 17 Apr 2021 

I did say I had no 2-year-olds but CLAIM TO FAME runs here for Richard Fahey who seems in great form. A Half-brother to three winners and cost 38,000 gns purchase, debut always a worry. 

Thanks for reading and good luck.

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