Saturday 18 February 2023

Weekend Selections from the In It To Win It Team (18th February)

I can't believe it, our first weekend lucky 15 and it went to the final selection for the full house, and who had the last selection? Me of course.

@prohorseracing started the ball rolling with Healing Power who had drifted out to 7s, I have to say it's the first I've seen of jockey Elle-May Croot but she gave Healing Power a great ride from the front and wasn't to be caught, get in! first one up and a great start.

Next was @TicTacRacing who liked Tone The Barone and the seven-year-old was steadily back through the day. Another winner and again never in doubt, two winners out of two as Tone The Barone won easily at 7/2 after being a lot bigger in the morning markets. 

@Equinefutures next up with Johnny Boom who was back down to class 6 company and with Probert in the hot seat I was confident we could add another, wow another easy winner as he quickened clear to slaughter the opposition, the reality hit as we had one left for a full house.


It was all going so well, I went for Crown Land hoping the George Boughey filly would be backed but it went the opposite way and she ended up 14s so I pretty much knew the outcome, after the event I wondered why I didn't take a nice cash out but we are In It To Win It so I stuck with her, when you hear slowly away normally that's it especially with debutants and so it was as she trailed in second to last, things can only get better from a personal view but what a start that was for the team, three winners out of four and went to the wire.

See last week's blog post here.

Week two:


13.38 Lingfield INTERGALACTICAT (Ew) 8/1 5th

This looks like it could go the way of previous winner Floating Spirit who looks a nice filly for the Andrew Balding yard after winning on debut at Kempton so I'll be looking for something to sneak a place with what I have left. I do have Margaret's Fuchsia as a tracker from last season, but hasn't been seen for 266 days after finishing third on debut at Chelmsford, significantly up in trip here. Betting should tell the story with the Hughes and Haggas newcomers. I'm going to take a gamble with the Fanshawe Bobby's Kitten colt Intergalacticat each way. It's not a confident choice by any stretch of the imagination but as the 2yos haven't started yet this is good as it gets. Owners Fred Archer Racing have had a few winners with Fanshawe and are always worth looking out for. Bought for 27,000 gns at the Tatts Sales in 2021 the bay colt has already had three unplaced runs and the last one at Southwell was pretty interesting when seemingly travelling strongly but never getting involved. An enquiry into the running was held and it was found the colt had lost a shoe and slightly lame, plus the jockey stated he tried his best to obtain the best possible place, if the newcomers aren't up to much I'm hopeful Intergalacticat can sneak a place here against the hotpot who could be above average.


18.00 Newcastle GIFTED GOLD 12/1 5th

Also a horse I am tracking and backed LTO when a disappointing favourite at 3/1. Look at the bare basics and it's easy to have reservations. It does not tell the whole story if you look deeper.

First of all, she is very keen early on and could be called ‘green’ to a certain extent. She is then asked for her effort and responds when turning in, only to be badly hampered on the inside. I mean as badly as I have seen for some time. Snatched up and did not recover.

It's very easy to put a line through this. The fact she has gone off 3/1f tells you they expect her to progress from her mark. That makes a 2lb drop from the handicapper seem even the more generous. She was deemed good enough to contest the Oh So Sharp stakes on just her 2nd start last year and this will be only her 5th start so more is to come no doubt.

She gets 1st time cheekpieces here and that could aid her to do more early on. This looks a race to take by the scruff of the neck and feel the jockey should just keep it simple and go. She has won at the course which is another positive. 


Newcastle 17.30 LADY BIANCA 7/2 4th

Favourite Magicdollar is worth taking on given she hasn't been overly impressive on speed ratings even for this grade. Handicap debutant Lady Bianca is an intriguing alternative, though.

The filly left a huge impression when she stayed on strongly last month at Wolverhampton over 7 furlongs. She was flat footed halfway through the race but finished the best of all over the last three furlongs for an excellent 2nd place in the end. The form warrants an upgrade because the winner was only 1½L beaten prior behind a horse now rated 87. 

Lady Bianca's opening mark of 66 isn't a giveaway but could easily underestimate. She steps up to a more favourable distance as it's obvious she wants a greater test of stamina, which is no surprise given the pedigree. She will get it here, moving up in trip over a mile with the stiff finish at Newcastle sure to suit. 

This class 6 contest looks an ideal opportunity to get off the mark. The only concern is the weight. She is a small April filly and has to carry 9-10. Class should prevail, though. She looks the three-year-old with the most upside in this field. 


Newcastle 19.00 TITAN ROCK 4/1 5th

Lion’s D’ is Fav overnight & change to yard for Appleby’s is a +, FT HCP stats have tailed off the last 2 yrs, 4 months SLR so, fair to take on. Adeb could improve for the step up but I’m taking TITAN ROCK who confirmed coming to hand with an encouraging run at S’Well  LTO.

Advised bet Lucky 15

Thanks for reading and good luck.

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