So how’s Bernard doing, I asked. Two weeks after he had gone up to Florida to start college, Irma hit.
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It often pays to be ‘Choosey!’
Yet another good-priced double, Thursday—KILLAY 4/1/GOLD STONE 10/11—nigh on 9/1!!!
Choosey has the two-year-old profile I’m always seeking and rates a solid each-way bet in the eight-runner Maiden Stakes over five furlongs of ‘good to soft’ Bath tonight, when a big crowd is anticapated at the highest racecourse situated in England. No watering system has ever been incorporated.
On this occasion however underfoot conditions could be demanding because we’ve experienced heavy rain(s) countrywide; showers certainly haven’t missed this unique Somerset track.
In recent years a dilapidated grandstand has had an impressive makeover and, generally, it scarcely resembles the ramshackle venue we visited so many times during the 1970/80 period.
Twice-raced Choosey encounters a sprint in stark contrast to Beverley eighteen days ago when Henry Candy’s charge improved considerably, finishing third to heavily-backed favourite, Arcallo, and just losing second place ‘on the nod’ as the final, stiff, climb took its toll.
Clive Cox-trained Swing Out Sister is progressing, her second effort fifteen days ago, when runner-up to Helvetian by a neck, illustrated how much juveniles can benefit from experience of a run and, incidentally, this Kodiac filly was favourite.
By virtue of a 5lbs fillies’ allowance, and apprentice Hector Crouch still claiming the minimum, Swing Out Sister has a ‘built up’ time-handicap figure that is equal to Choosey but does weight matter so much in sprints?
We’ll see and also it will be interesting to find out whether Robert Winston-ridden Another Batt can replicate his recent ‘career-best’ time-handicap mark in an eight-runner listed, £25500 Washington Singer Stakes over seven furlongs of ‘good’ ground Newbury.
When Another Batt tackled this trip for the first time at Ascot three weeks ago Silvestre de Souza rode a typically positive race; his mount improved TEN POUNDS!
If all go to post, and three places are available, Another Batt represents an outstanding each-way bet; make sure they all run before venturing forth.
Only three go to post for the one-time prestigious £15000 Horn Blower Stakes over six furlongs of ‘good’ Ripon, but hugely progressive, twice-raced, Mark Johnston-trained Lake Volta rates a ‘professional special’ proposition.
Newbury, 1.50 Another Batt (e.w);
Ripon, 3.50 Lake Volta (nap);
Bath, 7.10 Choosey (e.w).
Bath, 7.10 Choosey (e.w).