Hopefully the coffers can be swelled today ahead of the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor meeting where I will playing particularly close attention to the David O’Meara battalions.
After a prolonged quiet period saw him rack up a losing sequence of 88 there have been notable signs in the past few days that the corner is being turned. There will no doubt be plenty to choose from but hopefully the sifting of his runners will prove a profitable starting point.
Lower key stuff on Tuesday where the selections start with:
Luca Cumani is not a name you would immediately associate with Brighton yet following his runners down the years there has proved a profitable strategy. In my younger days it was maidens he dominated, but in recent seasons he has cast his net more widely and the form figures for the 13 horses that have run at the track for the yard since 2014 are : 2121322125121.
One of those seconds is Kings City who finished runner up over the same trip on his handicap debut at the track and looks to have been found the ideal opportunity to get off the mark in the maiden handicap.
Hackney Road has improved steadily throughout his six-race career and can reverse form with Makaasib from their meeting over course and distance last month. Hackney Road had been turned out quickly that day to try and capitalise on having no penalty for winning an apprentice race a week earlier and Makaasib had an easy time on the front end, which hopefully will not be the case with Dark Side Dream in the field. Granted an even gallop Hackney Road can prevail.
There won’t be too many occasions that I will put up something each-way but here the circumstances look right , with a short-priced favourite and a horse in Field Of Fortune who has proved most consistent. It would be easy to assume given the switch to Alan King that this run is just a pre cursor to go hurdling but given he is by Champs Elysees then the switch to a synthetic surface could well bring about improvement which makes him an appealing price to make the frame.
The latest of a series of cheaply bought horses to join the Dan Skelton yard and will no doubt not be missed in the market.
It has become a trade off in recent weeks between whether to accept shortish price, given the often lack of form, versus the improvement the yard has brought out of several similar switchers.
The key point here is the paucity of opposition and a potential return to more aggressive tactics which suited him well back in the day. Skelton has scored first time with nine of the 21 horses that have joined his care since May.
Richard’s Tuesday selections:
4.45 Kempton: Hackney Road at a general 7-4
5.15 Kempton: Field Of Fortune (each-way) at a general 14-1
6.00 Newton Abbot: Kapricorne at a general 7-4