With Josies Kid scratched Final Account also ticks enough boxes and rates a serious betting proposition in the fourteen-runner Maiden Stakes over five furlongs of ‘good to firm’ Thirsk today and I’ll be extremely disappointed if PauL Hanagan doesn’t steer this twice-raced Adaay colt into the winners’ enclosure for in-form trainer Richard Fahey .
Following a tremendous debut run over the minimum trip at Beverley, where he posted a useful time-handicap mark, Final Account was upped in distance over six furlongs of the stiff Hamiton track but being ridden to get the trip misfired and he weakened to finish last. It happens, often!
On my actual time-figures Final Account represents a serious each-way punt under the ex-dual champion jockey and absence of my nap might just prove to be a blessing in disguise.
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I’ll bet many of you wondered why my selection wasn’t Battaash at ‘Inglorious Goodwood’ and doubtless put two and two together; it was a disgrace to see the seven-year-old toppled in the ‘King George’ which he’d won three times consecutively. One of the worst-kept secrets in racing was revealed when the Dark Angel gelding had to throw down his sword in the closing stages.
How come battered Battaash was backed with millions into favouritism?
I knew days before he ‘wasn’t right’ but I’m loath to risk breaching confidentiality and never will.
King’s Proctor, a flat-race winner for Mark Johnston, rates nigh on a ‘cert’ based on process of elimination in the seven-runner Maiden Hurdle over two miles of ‘good’ ground Market Rasen; find one to beat Milton Harris’ charge and you’ll have a good-priced proposition, I can’t.
Whether it’s sprinting or steeplechasing is irrelevant when unearthing betting opportunities and 110-rated King’s Proctor, twice-raced under National Hunt rules, rates a ‘special’ under talented Harry Reed, who has managed to get a tune out of the six-year-old both times.
Thirteen days ago King’s Proctor looked home ‘n hosed at Cartmel only to fall victim of the never-ending run-in when ‘nailed’ in the last strides with others well beaten-off; a reproduction of that effort should suffice and so don’t oppose the Cape Cross gelding which gained a solitary success under Franny Norton in November 2017!
Hard to believe he was once rated 91 but perseverance from veteran Harris looks set to pay off.
Selections, Market Rasen, 1.30 King’s Proctor; Thirsk, 1.50 Final Account (e.w); Chester, 4.10 Mytilda (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