It is all a bit quiet here in the UK after the furore that was Cheltenham and to be brutally honest, the racing looks second rate this weekend in comparison but then it would be after all those Championship races in the space of just four days.
Personally, I did not lose too much but only because I did not bet too much either, it is fun, it is exciting, but it is most certainly not easy as proved by just the six favourites winning from the twenty-eight races and a nasty level stakes loss for those who follow the money.
Winners at up to 40/1 left the bookmakers with smiles on their faces, though they will never admit it to us punters and will continue whinging all the way between now and Aintree next month no doubt.
Twelve months of planning went astray for literally hundreds of horses (those who didn’t win of course), but it is the amount of money bet by the big hitters that always astounds me and my much smaller wallet.
Recorded amounts of £400,000 to win on a 1/4 shot Altior (winner) and £500,000 on the losing Douvan (at 2/9) which to me is just plain madness, especially when they lose of course, but there were plenty of other big bets not quite up to lottery standards, but more than enough to make my eyes water just reading about it.
Sadly, the phrase “after the Lord Mayor’s show” is often used for the next few weeks with all the top top horses in action at Cheltenham, and thus rested for the next few weeks and the racing is not really up to that much this weekend as you can imagine.
Two small bets are all I can really find for us this weekend starting in the 4.25pm at Kempton where it may be worth risking the fitness of Just Before Dawn. Clearly a useful sort when fit, he won a point to point at Ballynoe in Ireland on his second start, and a bumper at Southwell on his first and only outing under rules, but that was in October 2014, and he has not been seen since.
Tom George has his horses in good form overall, and would not send him back to the track if he was not at least close to full race fitness and at a double figure price he may run in to a place on his hurdling debut and has to be labelled as interesting at the very least.
Amazingly, my second suggestion, again each way, is at an even bigger price as one time top handicapper and Coral Cup winner Call The Cops looks to get back to winning ways in the 3.00pm at Uttoxeter for trainer Ben Haslam having previously been in the care of a certain Nicky Henderson.
He has not been the same horse ever since 2015 in six races but has been put down a big eight pounds since his last disappointing effort and has first time cheek pieces on this afternoon. Although nothing is ever guaranteed, he could possibly pull off a big shock and at a huge price we only need to bet in pennies.
Each Way each and an Each Way double to very small stakes:
Call The Cops 3.00pm Uttoxeter 50/1
Just Before Dawn 4.25pm Kempton 12/1