Another winner yesterday though numerous non runners made the price a bit laughable but I have always commented that a short priced winner is better than a long priced loser – each way selections excepted of course!
This afternoon looks even trickier, and with the rain continuing to pour down I am already worrying about the classics next weekend where soft ground will see the leading protagonists out with the washing. Heavy ground at Sandown rather limits my options but Rafeej looks the proverbial good thing to keep his 100% record intact after the sprint at 1.15pm. A son of Iffraaj, he has some fancy if hopeful entries (well, the Group One Jubilee Stakes to be precise), in which case this little handicap should be little more than an exercise canter off a mark of 87. Better still, he won on heavy ground at Ffos Las last season and easily at that, while Ballesteros has also won on heavy going, and could be the one for any forecasts.
In the 2.20pm Dubawi Gold will certainly prove difficult to beat and deserves to win some decent races in 2012 after some brilliant placed efforts last season, but I cannot see him as value at the forecast 5/4 on ground that may not suit him as much as it does some of his rivals. We all know Penitent is not in the same class on decent going but he does have conditions in his favour here and has the benefit of a recent run when winning the Doncaster Mile on the first of the month, and is not without a shout at a decent price, though this is one tough assignment for the ultra consistent six year old.
Sensible bets for Punters
3pts Win RAFEEJ 1.15pm Sandown @ 1.9 with Bet365 200£ Free bets!
Silly bet for Dreamers
1pt Win PENITENT 2.20pm Sandown @ 5.5 with Bet365
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