The early bird punter caught the real profit on Tuesday. Baron Run, 10/1 when selected for members, came past the post first at an SP of half that price.
Inciting Incident was 5/1 when selected and won ten minutes later at SP odds of 4/1.
Both were value price winners.
The news broke on Tuesday that the BHA have applied the breaks to the Newcastle Racecourse plan for all weather racing. Hurrah!
The Horsemen’s group and the National Trainers Federation had raised objections to the turf being ripped up and evening all weather racing being staged under floodlights.
Whether that is the end of the matter, time will tell. I hope it is. While I appreciate the problems faced by racecourses such as Newcastle, I believe that course should be aiming to improve its facilities and the quality of the racing they offer away from the odd very good winter fixtures, such as that staged on Stan James Hurdle day.
I was there last November. I’m all for historic courses holding on to their history and I would not want to see the old stand knocked down. But the catering facilities for the average spectator reminded me of catering at football grounds in the 1970’s.
It’s all part of what I have said a million times. Investment is required at several courses. Facilities that are in touch with this century. Above all the sport needs to concentrate more on building up a reduced number of meetings annually, only better quality race meetings. Fewer in number each year but higher in quality. That’s what will attract racegoers to go racing and punters to punt.
If not further racecourses will do as Towcester announced it will do. Namely use the course for more greyhound racing in place of horse racing fixtures.
Sermon over. For the time being!
On Wednesday, there’s no shortage of all weather racing for fans of that sphere of racing. I have just the three selections at Kempton Park. None of which will be available at anything like the price of Tuesday’s winners.
A Class 5 maiden in which my vote goes to the Jeremy Noseda trained Commandaria. Two outings so far, and narrowly beaten on each occasion. Third on debut at Lingfield, the winner that day went on to be a runner up in a much higher grade Listed race. The next outing for Commandaria, just last week, saw her beaten only a neck by Light Fantastic.
It’s a maiden so anything can happen. One of the newcomers could turn out to be something special on debut. But, on all known evidence, Commandaria is the one to beat.
Win Commandaria – 6/4
You would think that the Godolphin owned Emirates Joy would be good enough to land this maiden. Third over course and distance on debut a month ago, the runner up has gone on to win since.
Win Emirates Joy – 4/6
King Calypso won here last month and grabbed the lead over a furlong from home, so the slightly shorter distance this day should not be a problem. Cam Hardie once again claims 5 pounds off in the saddle. The handicap mark is up 7 pounds for that last victory but the gelding is still three pounds ahead of the handicapper and may well have another win in him before that big bad handicapper gets him nailed.
Win King Calypso 3/1
That’s it for Wednesday. No midweek football tips. I never bet on England, win, lose or draw and the other midweek International games do not appear to offer any great value.
There will be football tips next weekend.