Colourful Dream did enough first time out to suggest the Godolphin-owned three-year-old will recoup losses in a twelve-runner Fillies’ Novices’ Stakes over the straight Newcastle tapeta mile today; it’s 167 days since the well-backed Dubawi filly finished 9th (of 11) to odds-on stable-companion Silk Romance over seven furlongs at the famous Newmarket Rowley Mile course.
Only eight lengths separated them and Colourful Dream was, significantly, backed into second-favouritism. A wind operation has been performed since.
So many thoroughbreds have the procedure nowadays and one wonders what parlous state previous generations were in before this latest phenomenon; obviously breathing is an extremely serious issue.
Hopefully air waves represent no problem for Colourful Dream, one of three Appleby runners, because her actual time-figure was good enough to win this-type race seven times out of ten. Betting will be interesting, for all of them, and twice-raced Marco Ghiani-ridden Atlanna, but William Knight’s charge is no great shakes on the time-handicap.
‘The boys in blue’ send dozens of runners to Gosforth Park, money is not an issue but they have plenty of ‘duds’ as the horses-in-training sales indicate and we’ll be looking for opportunities to take them on seriously this year with juicy each-way propositions!
Incidentally bulk of my each-way trixie bets succeed with places but for those intent of playing the level stake systematic approach, which involves adding a tenth of stake to the next selection, (after a winner!) don’t be shy about betting each-way given the good-prices I’m consistently unearthing. Pointless hitting the posts and not profiting. On Tuesday two tips at 13/2 and 15/2 (both in the frame!) made for a solid each-way double.
The whole point of my modus operandi is not to lose and letting winners take care of themselves, being patient in other words.
Earlier the ‘form’ principals in a ten-runner Juvenile Hurdle over two miles of ‘good’ Doncaster are Lifetime Legend (123) and Rewired (108) and it promises to be great sport.
Crack point-to-point rider Jack Andrews has taken to professional jockey status like a duck to water and his claim is already down to five within weeks of the switch; I’m keen to exhaust the allowance to advantage and so Lifetime Legend represents an each-way special.
Watch ‘the long fella’ (tallest ‘jock’ in the world and brother to Gina Andrews and Bridget Skelton!) wrap himself around his mounts, it’s a sight to behold.
On a typically ‘soft/heavy’ surface at Ffos Las don’t oppose Eureka Creek in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle over two and a half miles; banker.
Manchester United filled our ‘laying’ coffers again Tuesday when failing to beat relegation-haunted Burnley; unbelievable decline since ‘Fergie’ retired!
Selections, Doncaster, 1.35 Lifetime Legend (nap-e.w); Ffos Las, 3.02 Eureka Creek; Newcastle, 4.55 Colourful Dream (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