FRIDAY TIPSTER CHALLENGE: NOTTINGHAM/ROMFORD
If NEWCASTLE boss Ian Walton ever goes missing, police will be checking the alibis of Jimmy Fenwick (-£100) and Steve Anderson (-£100) after his grading embarrassed them YET AGAIN on Thursday night. Jimmy Wright (-£10) will be the getaway driver.
Meanwhile girl power continues to kick ass at PERRY BARR. Hannah Prince (+£40) gave the blokes another masterclass in tipping. Paul Gebhard (-£100) and Robert Short (-£100) can now endure yet another week of emasculation. (Psst! – Robert, have you thought of asking your mum for some help!)
As you can see – Peter Harnden has bottled it for tonight’s meeting. Mark Pierrepont likes to unearth potential gambles – so follow the market with his selection. This isn’t the first time on the Challenge for either Gary Howson or Terry Urquhart. Best we don’t mention what happened last time.
But at least THEY had the cajones to try again
Dorando Double (R3 T6) Came back way below her best in a couple of post lockdown races at this level of A3 and was subsequently pulled off the card for just over a month. Her comeback sprint trial of 18.09 was much more like it and she galloped strongly all the way to the pick up. It’s worth noting that Dorando weighed in at a career high of 27.7 for this trial and if the following trial when recording 30.08 (+30) when tipping the scales at 27.4 is any guide, it looks as though the little bit of extra weight on her back is proving beneficial. It most certainly helped in the early pace department as she recorded a personal best split of 5.10. I’d have to say that although Dorando wasn’t knocked from pillar to post in her last four bend trial , she did get held up momentarily as she came off the second bend in behind Fairways Flyer which then resulted in the strong running Droopys Bargain gaining enough space to nip up her inside at the third bend and in the process cost her a little more time. In my view had this been a solo trial Dorando would have had no trouble recording somewhere in the region of a 29.80. With that run under her belt which was her first four bend run since 17th June and facing rivals who would struggle to get within 50 spots of her if they were all put around in solo trials tonight you simply have to take a chance , especially if she’s available to anything like the Racing Post forecast price of 11/2. The race isn’t totally perfect as Melville Jasper could prove a little bit of a hindrance but if she can play it carefully until the second bend she can soon take off and wave these goodbye £100 win
Newinn Jackie (R5 T5) Hopalong Eleni was very eye catching in defeat last time out and I did mark her down as a bitch I’d be very interested in on her next appearance. This race just doesn’t appeal though and I’m siding with Terry Munslow’s Newinn Jackie who should dominate the outside of the track and with a little crowding likely on the inside she can have this sewn up by halfway £100 win
Eamos Sophie (R3 T3) I went all in on Eamos Sophie for the Lynn Cook kennel on Monday and though she was picked up on the run in by Salacres Pebbles she showed more than enough to suggest that a victory in A3 isn’t just a possibility in the next run or two but a formality. After taking an initial step to the right on Monday from her trap 2 berth the immediate move to the pinging box of trap 3 can prove advantageous. Sophie can take command of this race by the first bend at which point all eyes will be on Our Pit Pony running from trap 5. Terry Munslow’s dog would be a danger ‘with a run’ however there are enough goalkeepers in the race to see that Sophie will be gone beyond recall. Do keep her in your notebooks as this is a bitch heading to top grade over the coming weeks £100 win
The two week break at Romford provides a chance to assess the form of the trio. Jason, the most consistent performer, will be looking to return to form after being KO’d last time out.
Mark is a bit in-and-out if we are honest. Derby class one week, doesn’t raise a leg the next. We are thinking ‘hurdles’
As for Nathan. Wellllllllll. He’s been checked over by Ron Mills. Physically, nothing wrong. (“The problem might be upstairs!!”). So even though there is a three tip limit, we’ve let him go with a fourth. It’s the kindest thing to do. Though it may just ruin Patrick Janssens’ day.
You Never Forget (R1 T2) This pup has so much in hand. Having seen photos of him from Billy Mcmahon he really is going to go from strength to strength. He’s had three impressive qualifying trials and I get the impression this dog will be a top class Romford dog and I feel he can make a winning start to a promising career. The three dog is the obvious danger with open race winning form but a quick exit will hold that to the bend and make all £100 win
Goldies Linekar (R2 T1) Well drawn and has a great strike rate. Should make a smooth transition to all age company.
Seaglass Sabrina (R7 T1) Much better drawn this week and should make all.
Goldies Hoddle (R10 T1) Ultra consistent who rarely lets you down. £20 Trixie.
Nans Major (R8 T1) Has been running very well against some of the best over 4 bends at Hove – has decent 6 bend form already in the book. Looks a decent value bet. £20 win
We have seven runners at Romford tonight of whom I think two stand out. Our first runner is Playbook, who I really rate, but the draw definitely goes against her. Out of the red, she would definitely be a selection. Have A Brandy hasn’t been consistent enough at the boxes in recent weeks. I wouldn’t want to put anyone off backing him – he could well win off another 3.78 sectional – but he won’t be value. I struggle to believe how Tiffield Blueboy keeps getting so many bad draws. One day he may be drawn inside Goldies Hoddle, but I’m not holding my breath. Antigua Bullet joined us before lockdown, went back to Ireland, and is making his debut. I would expect him to win within a couple of runs, tonight might be one of them, but the 575 is a bit short of his ideal distance. Which leaves. . .
Jessies Sister (R9 T1) I tipped her previously and it hasn’t really happened for her at Romford. But this bitch can run as she showed at Henlow and the 11-2 tissue price for her is way off the mark. To me, she is no bigger than 3-1/7-2. £50 win
Passing Stranger (R11 T6) is another who has let us down in the past, but the change of seeding seems to have done the track. He is far from a ‘good thing’ in a very decent race, but given his recent record, he shouldn’t be too short. He will need to crack away like last time though. £50 win