My second selection Jarir who runs in the 4:40 at Lingfield has already been very well supported today and I expect him to win well off of 73 ! He has gradually improved and grown in to himself from 2 to 3 finishing 2nd first time out this year and following it up with a impressive win at today's venue when stepped up to a mile and 1M 1/4. I believe the extra 2F can only bring out further improvement to this beautifully bred animal being a half brother to the ultra game High Accolade who was second in a St Leger!
My final Selection stepping up in trip is is likely to need further than today's test, Well certainly on breeding anyway as his French related siblings won at marathon trips as far as 3M 4F, With this surely a step towards future competitive 3M+ races (Probably over fences). He goes in the 5:00 his name is Baraka De Thaix trained by Mr D Pipe. Now this horse has been highly tried in a short career so far beaten 2L in a triumph hurdle trial behind the smart Hargam the season before last, to then finish tailed off in the triumph hurdle last season. This would indicate he showed a fair level of promise at pond house and has maybe disappointed since. However its fair to say and I'm sure Mr Pipe would agree his horses have run below par for whatever reason from the start of this season. Anyhow he's back! and at the right time too, with the festival on the horizon ! So I fully expect to see a bold showing from this horse dropped back into a class 4 Handicap and at odds of 10-1 he is a rock solid each way bet.
By James Goddard 26 Feb 2016 11:45
Entered to run at Kempton in the Grade 2 Dovecote novices on Saturday shows connections rate him highly enough at this early stage and with today's race being the correct and sensible decision to gain more experience I expect him to prevail and move on to bigger targets with Aintree very much on the agenda!
By James Goddard 25 Feb 2016 09:45
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