Politicism is worth chancing under Gianluca Sanna in division one of the Maiden Fillies’ Stakes over six furlongs of Newcastle tapeta today when another eight-race offers all-weather aficionados several opportunities to invest some winnings from that 16/1 ‘beaut’ in a ‘bumper’ at Sandown, Sunday.
Losers are pressure whatever you may think; I’m no exception and, after a couple of days without scoring, watching young Harry Kimber sneak through on the far rail aboard the Colin Tizzard-trained Buckhorn Rocco at Sandown, and grab the lead close home, was so satisfying and relaxing because it means readers/punters are benefitting. You are my priority, always will be.
Never lose faith in my time-handicap, there are so many reasons why fallow spells occur but in the midst of a losing run it’s quite obvious your columnist is as guilty as anyone of making mistakes; my strength is confidence in personal computation/study to come out of long, dark tunnels eventually.
Through decades I’ve found pitfalls often outweigh the pleasures which is why my percentage call on level stake betting is all about starting prices; if you never bet less than 3/1 it means a 33% average of winner-finding is necessary, I can manage that by specialising with two-year-olds, novice hurdles and nowadays, ‘bumpers!.
Try it, on my selections during the next few months but don’t forget major successes come from each-way patents/trixies.
Gosforth Park is currently riding ‘slow to standard’ following remedial work recently and the full 7lbs apprentice claim of talented Gianluca equates to at least two lengths; given Politicism comes out marginally ‘best-in’ before inserting her allowance you can obviously understand why I’m targeting all her rides in nurseries and I’ll bet Brian Smart’s charge will be good enough.
Division one will be all about short-priced favourite Azure Blue but he doesn’t match up to median requirements; I’ll swerve Michael Dods’ runner and wait for Barry McHugh-ridden Ey Up Its The Boss, one of eight ‘decs’ for a Nursery Handicap over five furlongs.
This Tony Coyle-trained Pastoral Pursuits gelding achieved a ‘career-best’ when second (of 19!) to Rockprincess over a similar distance at Redcar last month, form which is better than most will come to realise!
An absence of of 262 days might put serious punters off backing obvious form choice Fragrant Delitiep in a seven-runner Novices’ Hurdle over two and a half miles of ‘good to soft’ Lingfield; hope that’s the case because Robert Walford has booked Brendan Powell, rapidly become a ‘favourite’ on the back of two consistent seasons. Don’t oppose without good reason.
The ‘International break’ in football should prove beneficial; plenty of ‘shorties’ will be worth opposing with stakes getting higher!
Selections, Lingfield, 2.37 Fragrant Delitiep (e.w); Newcastle, 4.20 Politicism (e.w); 6.00 Ey Up Its The Boss (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