22nd April 2016
Good afternoon, friends,
In today’s ATC Extra bulletin….
We head up to Haydock Park for the handicap value this weekend on ATR Extra….
I’m playing in the 3.20 – a Class 2 event for horses aged 4yo+ contested over the mile trip….
A field of 17 goes to post on ground described this afternoon as soft….
I’ll get staright to my selections in a moment….
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Over on my paid Against the Crowd service this afternoon I’ve outlined how I’m playing in races at Sandown and Ripon this weekend….
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Only two previous renewals of this race have been run and the winners of both reappear again in this season’s edition and the one I quite fancy to pull of a repeat win is Julie Camacho’s WILDE INSPIRATION. And I think the 12s is a fair price.
The 5yo took last season’s honours – under tomorrow’s jockey Conor Beasley – off a mark of 86.
He gets to go again this time round off a mark just 3lb higher and performances produced at York, Ripon and Haydock last term suggest he can do business off that rating.
Before winning last year’s race Camacho’s had appeared for a pipe-opener at Leicester – where he ran an eye-catching race….
This time round he was sent to Doncaster for the Spring Mile where he produced another taking performance to finish 6th. One or two horses from down the field in that Spring Mile have already come out and produced decent placings.
Wilde Inspiration weakened out of things late on that afternoon but the run will have put him spot on for tomorrow’s assignment and if he improves as much as he did for his first run last season then he can be a major player tomorrow with just 8-08 on his back.
GABRIAL’S KAKA – running out of the very-much-in-form Richard Fahey yard – also makes appeal at 8s.
That’s not the kind of price with which this column is routinely assosciated. But whilst we are creatures of habit and whilst we have a preference for double-figure prices as and when we can get them, we are not cranks…. we can be pragmatic too….
Gabrial’s Kaka was 6th in last year’s renewal of this race off a mark of 100. This time he goes off 90. He has to have a cracking chance if he runs his race.
And we know he’s match-fit and in the mood to produce – he put in a fine performance in March at the Curragh in the Irish Lincolnshire before winning at Chelmsford just last week on his first appearance on a synthetic surface.
His current mark, his current form and the current form of his trainer give him a huge opportunity – and I can swallow the 8s.
How I’ll be playing….
Remember, we don’t have to be betting in hundreds to make the game worthwhile or fun. A spend of a few quid is plenty to be going on with….
Note: If you like to play the picks each-way then I wouldn’t talk you out of it. That’s your call. The bookies currently up with prices are offering place terms of 1/4 1-2-3-4.
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That’s all from me this week. Enjoy your weekend.
Until next time, be lucky.