The poems seem to have a good chance of being drawn
Return Love Poems @ 15/8 at 16:40 in Chelmsford
Merry Mistress was a winner and another wanderer yesterday for the column, but the elusive double-up proves somewhat difficult to catch. Thursday I will return to all-weather for some surface proven horses.
The return to 1m6f for Dr Jon Scargill’s Love poems seems the right move for the 16:40 and the 5 year old mare looks like she could justify her position at the top of the market at 2.98/15.
Her victory at CD in October was a fine performance from a mark of 59, and topped that with the way she ran down the straight. She sat mid-split in the race and was knocked out with 3 feet to go, but it was impressive (albeit on a lower note) how she banked the widest of them all and really powered the house in the straight line.
It was understandable that she attempted a few 2m races afterwards and ran with credit in both.
She was above 2m at Lingfield last time, and considering it was his first race for 103 days in a regular race in which Reeceltic had the fastest lap and never led, it was a good race. Unlike most, she hasn’t had a tough winter and the first time and ranged cheek angle are pluses.
The most famous love poem of all by Robert Burns was A Red, Red Rose with the immortal line of “so beautiful you are my good girl”, and Love Poems can be just that with a win.
Hard to ignore the price of a fit sprinter
Comeback Cool Spirit @ 5/1 in the 16:45 at Lingfield
Intervention is top betting for the 16:45 6f 0-70, and is a worthy favorite given his knack for producing a string of consistent performances this winter. The reservation of Benoit De La Sayette and his 7 pounds are good, but the price is not for such a competitive race and I often think a lot of Mick Appleby’s horses are pretty short in bets.
He’s shot wide at 11, which isn’t ideal, but he’s a strong enough traveler to drop back down from range after campaigning mostly at 7f.
However, cool spirit is on track with a winning streak and has recently taken nearly all of the AW wins set at Lingfield, Southwell and Kempton.
Basically he is a forerunner and is in the best ground of trap one for an offensive turn of Ali Rawlinson – who will roll against his boss Appleby for an interesting subplot.
He was never headed last on CD and clocked 10.95 seconds in the middle of the section. Previously, a few of his races have gone evenly through the winter and good efforts on the clock. With its track shape and ability to dictate, I prefer backing it to 5 seconds.
Of course, running back-to-lay strategies will be quite easy to set up with some elasticity from this price.
March Single Bet Winners:
Happy Mistress 13/8 Won
Ruby Island 5/2 Won
Bandinelli 11/8 won
Skontonovsky 10/1 Won
Very Excellent 9/1 Won
Banbridge 12/1 Won
Love Sending 10/1 Won
Lady Alavesa placed 16/1
Merry Secret placed 5/1
Tyche placed 8/1
Gin Coco 9/4 Won
Faithful Epsom 10/3 earned
We were all caught 7/2 Won
Red showgirl placed 9/1
February Single Bet Winners:
Tim Pat 3/1 won
Service calls 6/1 won
Hungry Tiger 6/1 Won
Little River Bay 13/8 Won
Fantasy Fighter placed 6/1
Form of praise placed 12/1
Summit Star 4/1 Won
Snow Leopard 6/4 Won
Allen’s Famous 5/1 Won
Tim Pat 5/2 won
Jean Maite 5/2 Won
Author’s Dream 7/2 Won
Gipsy Lee Rose ranked 9/1