May roster

The Summer project has moved up a gear  - just the one gear, mind - with some of last month’s picks re-emerging over recent days.

Telescope was beaten again by Noble Mission at Chester. I fancied him pretty strongly to reverse positions, particularly with a 3lb pull. Instead, the improvement brought about by front-running the Lady Cecil inmate maintained enough of his advantage. The softish ground was probably Telescope’s main undoing.  He stays on the list.

Better news about Gospel Choir who won the Yorkshire Cup courtesy of an extremely well judged ride from Ryan Moore and the fact that Tac De Boistron didn’t get a clear run. Moore, afterwards, was not so sure 1m6f is his trip. So it looks like next stop the Hardwicke. Gospel stays on the list for that.

G Force was outstanding. Ridden with supreme confidence by Danny Tudhope, he blasted his way to the front at York and won with something in hand. The programme for 3-y-o sprinters is notoriously tricky, but this one obviously stays on the list. Looks class for David O’Meara.

The running total looks like this:

Date                  Horse                    Bet                                     P/L                    R/T  
8th May             Telescope               5 win @ 5-2                        -5                      - 5
16th May           Gospel Choir          5 win @ 4-1 (SP 7-2)         +20                   +15
16th May           G Force                  5 win  @ 5-2 (SP 9-4)       +12.5                +27.5

This is the current list: Aljamaaheer, G Force, Gospel Choir, Made with Love, Mind Of Madness, Telescope.

I’ve found some more to add to this rolling roster. Same rules. Horses I’ve seen with my own eyes only (is that a Bond film?) and options to dump them from the project as soon as they become liabilities rather than assets.

Graphic: Followed him profitably last season in handicaps and he’s made a pretty solid transition to listed company this Spring. Bit unlucky at Ascot last time when carried wide, though would not have won. The winner has gone in against since. Looks to be some improvement still to come at around a mile. Good ground wouldn’t be prohibitive.

George Guru: Decent effort in 3rd at Goodwood. Done most of his running on the AW, but won this last year and this shows he retains some promise at handy odds.

Roudee: 2nd in a decent looking Chester 2-y-o race. Better than bare result as he was squeezed for room on the bend and also may want an extra furlong. Looks like he’ll be aimed at the big sales races.

Bright Approach: Disappointing favourite for the Cheshire Oaks but had looked good in aprevious race. I wasn’t that impressed with Buick’s ride on her in this race, and given a better gallop, this one is worth another shot.

Toofi: Another big improver from the Roger Varian yard, I backed him in a listed 7f race at Newmarket and thought he was winning everywhere but on the line. Stuck to it really well and likely he’ll pick up one of these soon.

Es Que Love: Bit of an odd one for this list as arguably he’s very exposed. However, the switch to a new yard (Clive Cox), step up to listed/Group class and drop back to sprinting trips seems to have given him a new zest. I’ll be taking a short term view about his prospects though.


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