Saturday, 3 February 2007

1 pt win ANDREAS 13/2 ( Ladbrokes) Fraser Steele Handicap Chase
1pt win HASTY PRINCE 15/2 ( three firms) Fraser Steele Handicap Chase

The manner in which Andreas travels in his races has always suggested that he is better than what he has achieved and that connections are struggling to find the key to him. Let's hope the cards fall right for him today on a course that can suit quirky types. These sort of animals win in their turn; the yard managing to bag a valuable prize with another hair pulling out sort in Ladalko recently.

Hasty Prince jumped better than he had in the past on his return to fences earlier in the season, giving renewed hope that there could be a future for him in valuable handicap company in this sphere. Well handicapped on hurdle form, he has conditions in his favour, and provided that his jumping holds up he is sure to figure in the shake up.

Lost - 2pts

1pt win ROYAL'S DARLING 5/1( genearlly available) Sandown Handicap Hurdle
1pt win REFINEMENT 24/1 ( Betfair) Sandown Handicap Hurdle

Royal's Darling has two bits of eyecatching form behind Detroit City as a juvenile. In fact, he carried a big reputation with him and one gets the impression that he never achieved what was expected. The fact that he has not been involved in an early switch to the larger obstacles should be taken as a hint. He is a likeable sort, has plenty of further improvement left, and hails from a bang in form yard.

Refinement is now on a career high mark but is capable of further justifying connections decision to keep her in training. A hardy sort who takes her racing well, she can carry these weights despite her small stature, and these large field handicaps suit her style of running. She disappointed the last time she raced without blinkers, but did not require them earlier in her career. It's futile trying to second guess why they have been left off - the handicapper is hardly likely to relent much in the face of one poor run - and all in all there are more positives than negatives ( though the fact that she is presently so easy to back on the exchanges is a concern) which make her worth small support at the price.

Lost - 2 pts