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Porto ready to strike

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Porto Ferro looks a gift for ‘favourite- backers’ in the seven-runner ‘aged’ Maiden Stakes over six furlongs of Lingfield polytrack today, it will a major surprise if this Dr Jon Cargill-trained Arcano filly doesn’t make it eighth time lucky and considerably enhance her value as a broodmare.

Consistency has been the strength of Porto Ferro and a BHA rating of 72 mirrors effort which has led to champion all-weather, Luke Morris, resuming his association; they finished a close three lengths fifth to Royal Navigator on a similar surface four weeks ago, on a similar Chelmsford surface.

By process of elimination Porto Ferro looks the definitive ‘safe pair of hands’ and represents a solid anchor for the daily patent which highlighted 9/1 winner, Suzi’s Connoisseur, in a fiercely-competitive £52000 handicap at Newcastle, Tuesday.

My first serious bet this month. All-weather racing is frowned upon by profile racing journalists but I’ve never regretted ‘specialising’ with flat-racing on different, superbly maintained, artificial racetracks.

Prospect of ‘guessing’ jumping form on desperate ground makes no appeal whatsoever; experience and knowledge of my preference is good, for readers.

While trainers/owners focus nigh on 100 per cent on Cheltenham’s Festival meeting next month the ‘flat’ is now building up momentum and remember, you must always be ready!

That was my motto when playing football seriously as a teenager striker; ‘this is coming to me’ was my thought in the goalmouth area and if it didn’t there was another situation a few minutes later.

Nowadays so many players have no sense of anticipation but, there again they are paid too much money; my old club, Leicester City, has become an embarrassment and it is difficult to imagine this great club avoiding relegation from the premier league which they won last season.

How do you motivate jumped up millionaires? Much-vaunted ‘Manager of the year’, Claudio Ranieri, would like to know, he’s about to lose his job.


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