Good morning from the Major who writes from the bedside listening to peaceful music and gazing out at a bright cloudy Worcestershire scene.
I have had a request for a review of the Sunday Uttoxeter racing Card and so I am going to fly through it… try to keep up. As a health check, yesterday was not that bad. Lingfield did not go well but at the Curragh, I scored a 20/1 winner and a 3/1 winner. Maybe the Major is coming back to the boil! Let us hope so.
In the first, my eye was drawn to Rally the Troops who has been off the track since the end of 2011 but is still young (6) and with a yard capable of coaxing some form back. Yet, the yard form of Bowen is extremely striking (9 winners from last 18 runners) and I am backing The Road Ahead at 7/2 to get the job done with Tom O’Brien a very capable pilot.
In the second, it is hard to put you off Lyssio even if he is conceding weight all around. The Champ is riding for Jim Best who has a decent Uttoxeter record and the form stacks up with the Fakenham win looking decent.
The 2.40 is a tricky race and not a lot jumps off the page. As a result I am putting up Night of Passion who is entirely unexposed but could be reasonable.
In the 3.10, Baccalaureate will have his fan seeking a hat trick but this is a tougher race and he carries a stone more as a result of his last victory. It’s a risky prospect but I think Solaras Exhibition should be given another chance – His Ffos Las exploits read very well and although not entirely straight forward, can play a part at 14/1.
The John Smiths Summer Cup
This is a very decent race. Officially a listed chase, a number of decent sorts have turned up. Next to the Midlands National, I assume this is Uttoxeters top race day.
Vitrix Gale is going to be popular after running well under a welter burden at Perth. Weird Al is easily the best of these if putting in a good show (who knows!?!). Lost Glory has a solid profile for Jonjo and AP.
Deireadh Re is near the top of my list, his hurdles mark is a lot higher than this and at Fontwell he showed himself a competent jumper of fences. Inexperience troubles me though, especially in this company.
At a massive price, Red not Blue will relish the firming ground, he has won 9 from 13 on good ground and 25/1 is the wrong price.
I am going to overlook the chase experience question and get on Deireadh Re who could have a lot more to show in this sphere.
The 4.20 looks more solvable and I am keeping it obvious with the Best / McCoy combination again and Emerald Glade. The last piece of form is well advertised and I think a double with Lyssio is in order.
In the penultimate race, I am only interested in Catch Tammy and Bennys Quest. In the end, Bennys Quest looks a solid 9/2 bet.
Bracken Quest has been withdrawn from good ground races even though he has a good record on it (from 2 runs, 1 win, 1 place) which is curious. He is 10/1 and my get out of jail card.
Courage, roll those dice.