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The ‘Lord’ works in mysterious ways!
Lord Of The Glen rates the proverbial ‘winner without a penalty’ in a fourteen-runner Nursery Handicap over five furlongs of Newcastle tapeta today, so unlucky over course and distance eleven days ago.
On Betfair betting exchange odds were short in a photo finish but Cuppacoco was given a ‘nose’ verdict over Jim Goldie’s charge which has now failed TEN times!
Success is therefore long-overdue but Lord Of The Glen achieved a ‘career-best’ time-handicap mark under James Sullivan who has ridden this Orientor gelding the last twice; he’s riding at this seven-race ‘twilight’ meeting but replaced on our selection, by
Danny Tudhope, why?
Mine is not to wonder just reveal findings after much scrutiny which determine the chance(s) of Lord Of The Glen as excellent, certainly worth a punt; Tudhope is the current ‘computer champion’ jockey but change for the sake of change is always baffling.
Ostillo will be blinkered when attempting to go one better in a Novice Stakes over seven furlongs; on the back of an encouraging debut at Leicester last month, when beaten only half a length and ridden by Andrea Atzeni, this Simon Crisford-trained New Approach colt is ‘best-in’ and an opportunity for Northern-based jockey, Paul Mulrennan!
Doubtless Atzeni, now abroad, recommended the fitting of ‘head-gear’ but, according to press race-readers, Ostillo raced freely on his ‘first day at school!’
Illusional was also runner-up on debut nine weeks ago and Mark Johnston will have him fit and ready to go but Ostillo is a much better TH proposition and I’ll resist the temptation to oppose just for each-way reasons. It’s a cracking race with several ‘fashionable’ yards represented, one to monitor, closely.
Francis Xavier didn’t improve for debut experience, when second over a mile at this venue twelve days ago, but is expected to recoup losses over course and distance in the Maiden Stakes under Josephine Gordon, riding for her ‘guv’nor’ Hugo Palmer.
‘Josie’ rides this course extremely well and, significantly, is close to achieving 100 winners for 2017; look no further for the winner.
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