It’s Friday morning and Jimmy Wright can afford to answer his phone when it rings with the name ‘Rab McNair’ on the screen.
The gentleman from Ayrshire was fairly quick to offer some constructive advice when the gentleman from Fife tipped three runners last week and two of them were beaten by his own dogs. The good news for Jimmy is, he only beat himself once last night! Droopys Back Up was turned over by Droopys Carat.
Beyond that it was a great night for the kennel with four winners of which Jimmy went for £40 @ 4-5 on Velvet Juliet and £40 on Waltham Magic at 7-4 for an £82 profit. Mark Cranston recently described his tipping as ‘hot and cold’. Perhaps edging towards the cold?
Meanwhile at PERRY BARR, all three tipsters selected winners, though only one made a profit. In the stye of a ‘Miss World’ announcement, the ‘second runner-up’ with a net loss of £28.75 was Hannah Prince. In second place with a net loss of £16 was Paul Gebhard. However, the Welsh Wizard with continued mastery over the layers was Robert Short courtesy of a £60 punt on a 13-8 winner. His other fancy, his own, Good Force was beaten a neck. Net profit £57.50.
Team leader Big Mark Pierrepont will be hoping his selections are more consistent than his tipping in the last couple of meetings. Alan Bellis wouldn’t want to be only remembered for his ‘Lawrie Sanchez moment’ (LFC fans will get the analogy) of tipping up at 10-1 winner last time out. We also have a newbie in Terence Urquhart, who comes with a profile of ‘local enthusiast’. (Remember Terence, you are only three consecutive winning meetings away from changing your profile to ‘living god’.)
Mallogs Iggy (R8 T1) Iggy got back up and running on his first run post comeback by winning well in this grade of A4 but leaving the impression that there was improvement still to come. Despite being beaten last time out it was an improved performance and he was only just beaten on the line by the strong running Alfies Bomber. He was a little awkward leaving the traps last week and that’s eventually cost him the race. Tonight’s race looks a match up on paper between Phil Wilson’s dog and Anna Thompson’s Swift Apologies. I’m siding with Iggy though who looks plotted up on the rail and will let ‘Apologies’ make the market , his opponents in traps 2 and 3 will give him plenty of room to manoeuvre early on and he can be in pole position by the time they head off the second bend at the latest £100 win
Jason Gander and Nathan Hunt are both on winning sequences. Paul Binks and Mark Wallis were both in need of the outing and expected to improve. (It would be mathematically impossible to do worse! Just saying!)
It has been a bad start to the day with Antigua Rum being confirmed as a non-runner with a fracture of a small bone behind the wrist.
I was hopeful last week but clearly there were a couple that needed the run. Of those, I think Tiffield Blueboy (R3 T3) possibly has the best chance at a reasonable price. Both of our pair want the inside and they are both in with chances but given the draw, Blueboy is the selection £90 win
Jessies Sister (R9 T2) was a bit unlucky not to make the bend last week. This is a tougher race but I think she is value at a big price. £10 win