The times they are a changing! Oh yes, when this blog concentrates on Flat racing action as it does this weekend you know the Flat season is nearly upon us.
That said, it was great that Paddy Power revealed this week that Teaforthree was one of the firm’s big losers in its Grand National ante-post book. Hopefully that’s because we suggested him as a wager here a few weeks back when we secured 25-1! That will hurt Paddy if he wins. You hear me Paddy?
The big race on the level this weekend is the Winter Derby at Lingfield, and despite a poor draw – which is not as bad as it sounds as the selection needs to be dropped in and delivered late – I am confident Grandeur (13/8) will come out on top.
The nine winners of the Winter Derby – three of which came from double figure stalls – have had marks between 104 and 112, so Grandeur stands out on 117. Added to that, three of the last four runnings have fallen to the favourite. It’s a race where class is key. The icing on the cake, is Ryan Moore (below) doing the steering on an animal with cheekpieces for the first time.
Elsewhere at Lingfield, the Hever Sprint Stakes is a decent contest, and the pace is going to be red hot with plenty of front runners well drawn to take up their customary roles.
The one to be with is Ladies Are Forever (7/2), who drops back to 5f from 6f last time and should get a perfect position on the outside of Even Stevens and Addictive Dream. Inside the final furlong I would hope the selection’s class will tell.
The Spring Cup is competitive and worth a look at 3.15pm. I’ll be having a few quid on Steventon Star, who was unlucky when beaten by Pool House last time but who is now a massive 12lb better off with that rival for less than two lengths.
Added to that, Steventon Star was hampered out the stalls that day and might well have won with a clear effort. He’s well worth an each-way wager as an in-form fit horse. There are improvers in this event, but our hope should go very close.
So this weekend it’s all about the Flat, but Aintree and Punchestown are not too far away and I’ll simply continue my quest to smash up the Paddy Power profits whenever I can! Yeeehaaa!