Saturday, 8 October 2011

Saturday 8th October

No selections yesterday but a very poor performance by  Mr Bachster at Exeter on Thursday who never jumped with any fluency and trailed in second last. Two meetings today at Chepstow and Hexham and two short price selections in novice chases one at each meeting.
P&L at advised prices since 24/8 +2.50

Hexham 2.10 Quite The Man 1PT WIN @11/10 - Unplcd (11/10F)
Quite The Man was my selection a couple of weeks ago when he was subject to significant money from an opening 9/2 to 9/4 and showed tremendous battling qualities to get up on the line to beat The Cockney Mackem having made a minor mistake at the last. The race today is probably no stronger than that at Perth  and stiffer track at Hexham should help him carry the 7lb penalty he incurred for that win. Sweated before hand and ran a really very poor race never getting to contention.

Chepstow 4.10 Cue Card 1PT WIN @11/10 - Winner 10/11F
I was at Cheltenham last November when Cue Card won a novice hurdle and that run left a lasting impression on me in the way he quickened between the last two flights. He makes his novice chase debut here in a very hot little novice chase where there is little difference between him and  Silviniaco Conti on a run at Cheltenham in December behind Menoarh. However a comment in the excellent Betfair column of Paul Nichols strengths my belief that Cue Card will finish in front of his rival tomorrow if he jumps round.  Paul Nichols quotes “A word of warning for punters; while Silviniaco Conti has done lots of schooling and this trip will suit, he is not totally revved up for this and will improve enormously for the run."

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