THERE was a definite scent of burnt fingers at Chelmsford on Thursday night time.
Massive John Gosden usually runs good children on the all-weather and there was an avalanche of readies for his pair Star Catcher (13-Eight to Four-5) and Pianissimo (9-Four to 5-6) within the two-year-old races on this card.
Sadly for punters each horses had been greener than Monty Don’s fingers and by no means actually appeared like gathering.
Spare a thought for teenager Imogen Mathias.
She `gained’ the 7f amateurs’ race earlier than being slung out by the Clerk of the Scales for weighing in two stone gentle after her weight material fell off simply after the beginning.
The poor child was having her first experience underneath Guidelines and appeared as if The Grinch had pinched her prezzies when the stewards’ claxon blasted.
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John Ryan’s Plane Service acquired the gold medal for many spectacular winner of the night time and appears a David Dickinson type discount on the 27,000gns he value from Aidan O’Brien’s yard.
Fortunate proprietor John Stocker was stuffed with beans after the colt bolted-up and fancies sending him to Dubai for an additional good little earner later this winter.
Town boys are moaning a couple of recession however there was no signal of that at Plumpton on Monday, the place the automobile parks had been bursting and bookies appeared double busy.
The observe’s tasty £60,00zero bonus for novices who win there and on the Cheltenham Competition ensures a high quality horse or two, and Nicky Henderson’s Okay Corral (Four-11 to 2-9) definitely falls into that class.
He was guess like an ethical and gained with out turning a hair save becoming bored and strolling via a fence at midway.
The horse solely appeared three-parts prepared and is a high class marathon runner within the making.
Alan King’s Mr Pumblechook (1-Four to 1-6) landed one other right-hook for the heavy hitters when turning the 2m4f novice hurdle right into a cakewalk.
By the best way, considered one of Kingy’s crew instructed me Martin Harley was correctly impressed with Caspar The Cub’s win at Kempton final week and reckons he’s ok to have a crack on the Winter Derby.
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Robert Winston is marked absent as often as Lord Lucan and missed his rides at Lingfield on Wednesday, where Diamond Oasis (5-1 to 7-4) was hammered before winning a 7f novice event.
Bearing in mind she spent most of the prelims on two legs and pulled like Steamboat Willie, Saeed Bin Suroor’s filly did well to win with a bit in hand and could be useful.
The 1m novice event featured more blue-bloods than you’ll find in Eton’s tuck shop, including a couple of Hamdan Al Maktoum runners that were watched by the owner’s right-hand man and ex-jockey Richard Hills.
Luckily Hillsy was a better jockey than tipster as he was bullish about third placed Mosakhar (4-1 to 9-4) and gave the eye-catching fourth Alandalos no chance!
The race was won by Enable’s half-sister Entitle (7-2 to 6-1), who drifted like the Kon-Tiki and only managed to get her head in front through raw ability.
She looked in better shape than Jose Mourinho’s bank balance and is well above average.
John Gosden’s WISSAHICKON (2.15) has a massive chance in a Listed race at Lingfield today, but the banker must be DANSE IDOL (1.00) who lines-up in a hot mares’ hurdle at Haydock.
Trackman’s Saturday Selection
DANSE IDOL (1.00 Haydock) won with any amount in hand at Wincanton and is a top class prospect.
She’s rated a star by the Paul Nicholls camp and looked exactly that when dotting-up at Wincanton last time.