Day Two at Chester this afternoon and the softer ground certainly saw them well strung out in some races though my NAP being done on the line buy a 50/1 outsider did not cheer me up mid week I can tell you. Yes it was only a short head, but it may as well have been ten lengths as she looked sure to win by a street only to tie up late on, and get caught on the line by an inspired Frannie Norton who has just been removed from my Christmas card list. Long term, I rather doubt either of them are good enough for Epsom and the form needs to be taken with a pinch of salt as (hopefully) we will get some faster ground as the summer progresses, and I am sure I will congratulate the winning connections when the pain subsides lol?
Looking to make more money the ones to be on this afternoon look pretty obvious though as said above, the softer ground is a possible problem and the cause of most concern with most punters dong their dough thanks to the unknown quantities being thrown at us on a daily basis. Having shopped around, read everything I could find, called in favours and bribed or blackmailed pretty much everyone I know I am none the wiser but have decided Richard Fahey is the man to follow, so his horses are lumbered with both my bets today. In chronological order, we start with the classy if unlucky Mickdaam, a decent two-year-old when originally with Richard before being sent to Mike De Kock for a campaign on the tapeta track in Dubai. A win in a Listed race saw him add close to £100,000 to his career earnings but other than that, he basically disappointed, picking up a little place money in Group races on then way. Personally, I wonder if the track was too fast for him, but I also know the trainer is worried about the ground getting too soft ahead of the Chester Vase at 2.35pm, which leaves me in a quandary. Although he could flounder if it rains overnight, I do feel he should be the best horse in the (and the handicapper agrees with me), so I simply have to pursue a small bet this afternoon if nothing else.
Reading various snippets it does seem he is pretty sweet on the chances of Gabrial, who returns to action in the 3.05pm after looking as if the mile was beyond him at Musselburgh. He was a little unlucky in running that day but is reportedly absolutely flying on the home gallops and connections believe he has every chance of winning this handicap off a mark of 89 with Jamie Spencer tasked with doing the steering. After winning his first two races as a juvenile he looked as though he could be a horse of some potential, and it will certainly be interesting today to see if he can get back to something like his best form, which I suspect is all that will be needed here.
Sensible bets for Punters
2pts Win GABRIAL 3.05pm Chester @ 3.25 with Bet365 200£ Free bets!
Silly Bet for fun
1pt Win MICKDAAM 2.35pm Chester @ 4 with Bet365
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