A blog from our in-house tipster and racing know it all Martin Higgs
for the week commencing 11th December
A good friend of mine once said to me “the harder I work the luckier I seem to get” and as I get older and a ‘little’ wiser the more prevalent this becomes.
A cold snap has hit certain parts of the country and this creates various issues for the groundsmen around the tracks, with uncertain weather forecasts, sub zero temperatures, covering courses etc. They work incredibly hard at this time of year, as do the stable staff who continue to exercise the horses, remove snow from the gallops and staying up all night harrowing the all weather gallops at home to make sure they do not freeze up. All this allows us to indulge ourselves in the sport we love, so can I just say to them all – we really do appreciate it and may you get lucky with a winner or two.
We had a great weekend of racing with one of my favourite races of the season, the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown. It was won by Politologue, trained locally by Paul Nicholls and ridden by Harry Cobden. It was a fine performance from a horse who I feel is underestimated. He does have Altior and Douvan to take on in this division, but watch this space he is only six and improving.
Sizing John appeared at Leopardstown and romped to the head of the Gold Cup market and he looked pretty impressive to me. Blaklion sauntered around the Aintree fences to head up the Grand National market and the most impressive performance of the week came from On The Blind Side at Sandown on the Friday. He looked very special beating some very decent novices and goes on the H on H horse to follow list which currently has the following horses on it…
Gunfleet, Waiting Patiently, Cap Soleil, Disko, Louis Vac Pouch, Compadre, On The Blind Side, Yanmare & Ask The Weatherman
The final 2 have won for us at 5/1 and 11/4 and we are currently showing 50% strike rate with a profit of just under 6 points .
I have to say I work pretty hard on finding these and it seems I have got lucky. But then, another friend of mine once said to me “when it’s going well shout it from the rooftops”. There you go guys, I did listen.
STOP PRESS…Taunton has secured the re-running of the Peterborough Chase this Thursday. This is the first Class 1 Steeplechase ever to be run at the track and will be some spectacle. If you love your racing ‘ throw a sicky ‘ and get down there.