For what it is worth, the Major is a sucker for a request and so when @adamclarke501 asked on behalf of a friend to review the Uttoxeter card, I was hard pressed to resist.
Warning: This post is being written in a terribly hungover state. The Major dined last night at length with a local farmer friend and I knew there was trouble when the brandy was served.
Uttoxeter Sunday Tips
I cannot claim that Uttoxeter is a track I do well at. Summer Cup day, let’s see what we can do…
The opener is an interesting contest and the market has marked it down as pretty much a match between Shes Late and No Substitute. I would have fancied the McCain runner Book of Excuses who comes straight from Point to Point racing but sadly he has been scratched.
No Substitute races in the famous One Man colours but I think they do not know what to do with this horse. There is some form in his maiden runs and he has been found an amazingly weak race but still, anything could beat it and I am surprised it is so short in the market.
She’s Late is the likely winner to be fair, this ex John Gosden inmate was a decent flat animal and the Market Rasen run, latest, although a bit flat but suggests this new trip is the right call and the application of new headgear and the help of Tony McCoy cement the deal. Evens is little fun but let’s start with a winner, as we mean to carry on!
Hawderyeerwheesht, the oddly named evens favourite of the second looks uneasy to me. On strict form, I think the market position is logical but I am not happy with how the horse hung across the track on his last victory. Unsettling. Abbeygrey looks like he is earning a handicap mark but would be capable if producing his best. Deadly Sting was behind Hawderyeerwheesht at Aintree and although I would like to I am struggling to find a reason that form is going to be reversed here – Deadly Sting, although more straight forward did not look like a stamina test was his thing. Hanging or not, it is a second win for favourite backers in my book.
The third race is also dominated by two at the head of the betting, with the market 14/1 bar. If I am right about She’s Late, then I have to stick with Rolling Maul at 7/4 who had the earlier selection beaten last time out. The claim of the jockey levels the weights and while I much would prefer Geraghty as the pilot, the form line overrules.
Then the feature race, the Summer Cup… we get to review a different market. 11/2 the field and it is a teaming pool of well equipped summer jumpers. There are cases to be made for many but the two that really appeal are No Secrets and Talkonthestreet. The first is a Pipe runner and the yard do very well in these sort of contests. There has been money for this runner and it is telling that Scudamore/ was booked for this before Guess Again the other Pipe runner was scratched. Talkonthestreet meandered all over South Warwickshire when second at Stratford last time but when he had company he was a much better animal. I think the trick is to sit in and produce late, rather than the prominent style he has utilised. He has a jockey to effect that and at 8/1 is a confident pick.
Pipe might have a lively chance in the Summer Cup and I would think that Azza is a superb 7/2 shot in the following race. He has kept exulted company of late and clearly more has been thought of this horse. Back facing more realistic opponents, I think it is a steal.
The last three races are summed up as follows:
Sureness 9/2 – Handicap debut and plenty of promise, should be able to win this.
Prince Des Marais – 20/1 – Call me mad but this old timer is well in on old form and was entitled to need his comeback run. They might just go too quick and give him a chance where it matters.
The last race is probably the trickiest and I hope we are not in need of a winner at this stage…. Famousandfearless is definitely the pick if the earlier Pipe horses have gone in. Jazz Man for the tiny Grand National winning Newland yard is fascinating but in these sorts of contests, I want some value… I am hoping Agent Louise can give best at a massive 33/1 – A course winner that might just have a future.
The Pretty Polly, The Curragh 4.20pm – I think Thistle Bird deserves to pick up a Group 1 and this looks winnable.
Courage, roll the dice.