14th July 2017
In this week’s issue….
The racing hasn’t even started at Newmarket today as I write this – and I’m already having a good day….
This morning at the newsagents I had a real stroke of good fortune….
When I handed over a £10 note to pay for my Racing Post and the Daily Telegraph, the lady behind the counter handed me something that I wasn’t expecting but something which I’m very happy about – and I’m not talking about her phone number….
More about that in a moment….
First, our target race this weekend is the totescoop6 Heritage Handicap at Ascot (2.10). This is a class 2 event over 5f for horses aged 3yo+. A field of 20 goes to post on ground currently described as good to soft.
There have only been four previous renewals of this contest so the historic record doesn’t really help us much. But I can tell you that three of the 4 winners were rated in the 90s.
The other interesting feature of the record to date is David Barron’s performance. He hasn’t managed to win the race yet but he has produced 4 placers. He goes again this time around with Robot Boy….
Back to the newsagents…. I handed over my £10 note, the lady behind the counter gave me my change and I headed out to the car….
I’ve taken to checking my change. Not because the lady is dishonest but because I read a report revealing some coins in general circulation are worth more than you think….
Some special 50p pieces, £1 and £2 coins are worth a lot more than face-value. And this morning, I got my hands on one. My change included one of the Edinburgh £1 coins minted in 2011.
The Royal Mint only produced 935,000 of them. That’s a miniscule figure in terms of coin production. The Edinburgh £1 is sought after by collectors. On eBay, they sell for £13 to £18….
I’ll be hanging on to mine. It will only increase in value. After all, they’re not making any more of them.
It’ s only a little thing. But I was well-chuffed. I hadn’t even had a brew and I felt was up on the day….
It was a bit of value coming my way because I had my eyes open and knew exactly what to look for. And I thought it might interest you to know which coins to look out for too….
Orions Bow is the big market fancy for tomorrow’s totescoop6 Heritage Handicap at Ascot (2.10)….
The 6yo moved to Tim Easterby’s yard at the start of the season having created a reputation for himself when under the care of Dandy Nicholls….
He ran up a string of victories last term and only narrowly failed to land the Stewards Cup at Goodwood.
Over the course of 4-months he went up the rankings to the tune of 37 pounds and a high of 106.
His first three runs for Easterby didn’t produced much of note. But last time he produced something much more like it – which accounts for tomorrow’s favouritism.
That said, the performance came on the AW at Newcastle where he’s won 3 on the bounce. He must transfer that form to turf and he’s not been quite ‘on it’ on turf for a while….
We’ll get to my selections for tomorrow’s race in a moment…..
I’m targeting some cracking racing tomorrow afternoon on my paid ATC service….
We’ve got two cracking big-field handicaps to shoot at. There’s the John Smith’s Cup up at York over the 10f trip. Down at Newmarket they go to post for the Bunbury Cup over the 7f trip.
Two classy and competitive fields offer plenty of options. As usual, we’re aiming to pick out the best bets at the prices. And I’m two-against-the-field in both events.
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I can forgive HARRY HURRICANE his run in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot last time out – and he’s backable in tomorrow’s contest with Skybet at 16s and at 14s generally.
Things didn’t fall right for him that day on a rare foray at 6f and back over the minimum trip tomorrow, I take him to return to the kind of form that saw him narrowly touched-off in the Scottish Sprint Cup at Musselburgh in June….
He was raised a couple of pounds to a mark of 100 for that. It’s a career-high but I don’t think it puts the tin-lid on George Baker’s 5yo.
His conqueror at Musselburgh, Line Of Reason – who only beat him a neck – has subsequently won on the AW off a mark of 100 and is now up to a mark of 104. Tried last week at G3 level, that one was rated 11 at his best and connections feel he is as good now as he was then. Which is compliment to Harry Hurricane.
The other one I want to back is POLYBIUS at the general 14s….
He was maybe on the wrong side of the track for the Wokingham. But it didn’t stop him finishing 4th off a mark of 101 (and 2nd in his group). And that’s good form in one of the top sprint handicaps on the British programme.
He steps back to the minimum trip tomorrow. But on ground that will be a bit slower than it was at the Royal meeting – ground that will suit the Simcock horse better – the stiff 5f could prove ideal.
With just that one run since a campaign in Dubai in the early part of the year, the 6yo will turn up fresher than most. He’s a hold-up merchant who will need some luck in-running but if the gaps appear at the right time he can be there or thereabouts at the death…
HARRY HURRICANE @ 16s (Skybet) & 14s (Generally)
POLYBIUS @ 14s (Generally)
Standard place terms are 1/4 1-2-3-4. I won’t be playing for places. I’ll be going in win only on both horses – two-against-the-field. But that’s just me.
That’s all from me this week. Enjoy your weekend.
P.S. The Edinburgh £1 isn’t the only coin worth getting in your change. There are a couple of dozen individual coins worth getting your hands on. Get all the details here….