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Punted Round up


2.47 chep BALLYOPTIC 8/1 ew

Won this race last season off a 11lb lower mark and slower ground but i would guess twiston-davies will have him plenty fit enough to go very close today and with every chance of winning. His record shows october his a good month for him and because he is short of top class this kind of race would be his kind of target, ran 5 times last year and won 3 of them, beaten twice but both races were asking plenty.
The fav SECRET INVESTER has never been a fav of mine so maybe i'm bias but i don't think his jumping is all that great and the 5 fences in the straight could favour BALLYOTIC imo
Of the others SEDDON is getting plenty of weight and is fit from racing 3 times over the summer, BOLDMERE might be better this year but needs to improve i believe so on balance and providing there are no more nrs BALLYOPTIC looks very solid to me.
Alot of time wasted on another non runner


T tacker I had him on the shortlist too - there's been a lot of horses pulled out due to "unsuitable ground" today - the 4.32 Chepstow for example - and the majority of horses are proven winners on the surface? Spiritofthegames was mentioned on another thread and another on my shortlist - record on good ground: W2, Pl 1 from 4 runs and is pulled out because of the ground:(
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1.50 winc SUNRISE RUBY 4/1
I keep forgetting about this thread so will go with this mare today not so much about form though she has enough to be a threat but I think it's the quickish ground that suits her skipping style of running and might be less of an advantage to both nicholls runners, she does run with her head a little high and can miss an hurdle out but looks like she can find a fair bit of speed at the business end.


GOOD EFFORT 3,40 ling
Has won his last 4 races and also won over c/d so it comes down to whether he is good enough ?
The c/d win showed him travelling easy and kicking clear until slowing up when the race was done final furlong, I think it worth looking at his sectionals over 6f.....

13.66 / 11.42 / 11.04 / 1050 / 10.91 / 11.75 =69.28s
that was carrying 9.0, his main market rival JUDICIAL won this race last year and his sects were...
14.59 / 11.05 / 11.44 / 11.21 / 11.10 / 11.07 = 70.46 carrying 9.6

What does it tell us ? not sure but i can see GOOD EFFORT leading round the bend and then needing to hang on, not always easy at lingfield but hopefully can dominate the race from trap 3 .

ps... outsider FIZZY FEET is no forlorn hope @ 40/1 but GOOD EFFORT 9/4 is my bet.

Good effort wind easily enough.
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8.00 wolv AMTIYAZ
Decided to take 15/8 boosted to 2/1 .
Won well enough but nothing special in beating NBLAWI rated 85 and giving the winner 9lb by about 2L, commentator said the race turned into a 3f sprint ? that may be an exaggeration but it all fits in with the discussion about pace/times, so i will look forward to seeing the sectionals but for now i will say AMTIYAZ no better than 86.


2.25 newb MARIES ROCK. 7/4.

Very impressed with this mare last year but her season was cut short and i see that she's had a wind op, her mark of 141 looks about right for whats she's done but the manner of both wins suggests she is better than that, Travels easily in her races and then finds another gear after the last, long run in at newb so providing she's fit enough today then i can see her skipping away from these close home on this ground


Nicky Henderson
She was only ever in the Fighting Fifth in case anything, god forbid, meant that Epatante couldn’t run because this was always the plan and she is a top class mare, I hope! She would have been heading to the Mares’ Novice at Cheltenham in March but she picked up an injury just before which quickly halted our plans so she’s on the comeback trail but I’ve been extremely happy with everything she has done and it’s great for the guys at Middleham Park Racing to have such a talented mare on their hands. You don’t need me to tell you how exciting she is.