Just you come good, you dirty ‘Rat!’

Dinoo faces what should be a relatively simple task to beat eleven decidedly inferior rivals in the Maiden Stakes over seven furlongs of Wolverhampton tapeta today and serious punters worldwide will be focusing on this twice-raced Roger Varian-trained Starspangledbanner colt, despite an absence of 314 days.

On the time-handicap this should be a ‘shoo-in’ for David Egan’s mount, formerly with Richard Hughes!

‘What’s that all about’ methinks but why bother to question a stable move given Dinoo is now housed at one of the most powerful flat-racing yards on this planet? obviously someone has either paid a huge sum to purchase a progressive three-year-old or there has been a decision on change for what could be so many reasons.

Mine is to analyse form based on a time-handicap which achieved a ‘full house’ Saturday with staggering profit from our daily patent/trixie; a 1/3 ‘anchor’ completed the treble, a perfect scenario for those, like myself, who play on Betfair betting exchange.

More than 40 points were going on Restandbethankful and, of course, the logical action was to ‘lay’ the jumping ‘cert’ in order to protect the whole investment; amazing how much such a ‘shortie’ can bump up winnings given the simplicity of our much-chronicled betting system.

On the back of such a ‘whopper’ the temptation to try and hit another six out of the ground would appeal to most punters but this column represents a financial business plan and I’m determined to stick with routine and set-weight races, thus avoiding all handicaps. Eventually thousands will discover the ‘winning machine!’

In the meantime you are happy to just click on, scan through this copy and back the selections; whether readers continue to work is their choice but due to Covid-19 restrictions the habit of leaving home and disrupting your days is probably unappealing. I just take ‘time off’ with a walk into my garden, to think about horse-racing; how sad is that?

Dashing Rat, a close second to our nap Desert Dreamer at Newmarket earlier this month, takes a drop in class for a Novice Stakes over six furlongs of ‘good to soft’ Brighton and must not be opposed, even though it’s still too early to become too involved with my ‘speciality’ of two-year-olds; all in good time I always say.

Surely what beat this ‘Rat’, and future champion jockey Marco Ghiani, will win; don’t oppose.    

Selections, Brighton, 2.40 Dashing Rat; Wolverhampton, 3.00 Dinoo; Windsor, 7.15 Imperial Force.

 Jeffrey Ross, horse-racing correspondent for WMN since 1983 when winning the most prestigious racing journalist award, Sporting Life Naps Table, before winning it a record number of six times collectively in the Racing Post, the current ‘trade’ paper, including 2019