It’s all about ‘Power’ and my ‘Hardboot!’

Abbie Power and Vieux Carre look obvious selections for divisions of the Novice Stakes over six furlongs of ‘good to firm’ Thirsk this afternoon, after not a lot of close scrutinising!

Having achieving yet another result, on a short-priced priced favourite in the European Football Championships, when Switzerland sensationally held France to a draw in ninety minutes, my focus switched onto the eight-race North Yorkshire card; by virtue of ‘marrying’ my time-handicap with Racing Research Form Data analysis it was soon apparent two progressive two-year-olds, advantaged by fillies’ allowances were clear ‘best-in’ on recent last time efforts. It’s my intention to play them in an each-way ‘professional special’ double and perhaps further indulge myself with the treble in our daily patent, which again struck twice over the weekend, courtesy of good-priced winners.

Confidence is key to success but it’s so easy to get carried away which is why my findings are based on a consistent, business-like approach to profiting from betting on soccer and horse-racing.

Scoring goals always gave me tremendous pleasure but from a position of centre forward it wasn’t difficult, given the players around me; I learned not to get above myself and have carried this mindset throughout life from twenty years of age, when I retired because the prospect of earning a top wage (at best!) of £20 as a professional didn’t appeal. Who wants to be a slave?

Journalism was much more appealing and self-taught I ‘crashed’ my way into the newspaper world by timing/reading races, and becoming reliable; my stop-watch gave me an edge and, typically, fast-time Abbie Power appeals strongly on the basis of a cracking time-figure over five furlongs on the stiff Hamilton track five weeks ago.

A 25/1 shot Abbie Power was no match for 1/2 favourite Atomic Force but finished three lengths and upwards clear of the rest, a good sign of solid form and over an extra furlong Iain Jardine’s charge is unopposable.

Thrice-raced Vieux Carre, though beaten a head by Favourite Child at Pontefract only last week, hit her best mark to date and is ‘expected’ by in-form trainer, David O’Meara.

None of four other meetings, including the obligatory Kempton ‘Wednesday-nighter’, makes any appeal but Kentucky Hardboot certainly does in a ten-runner Novices’ Hurdle over two miles of ‘good’ ground Worcester.  

Selections, Thirsk, 1.00 Abbie Power; 1.30 Vieux Carre; Worcester, 4.50 Kentucky Hardboot (e.w).

 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