Ive not been looking at the ratings to much recently but there were some decent sprints last weekend and we need to have a look at the handicappers reactions.
First up was The Dash at Epsom over 5f on Derby Day, Bertoliver was raised 6lb as a result of his neck win putting him up too 89, whereas the very fast finishing Hawkeyethenoo who would have been the winner in about 2 strides went up 3lb to 91. Although he is favourite for the Wokingham it is highly unlikely that he will even get in the race. Rocket Bob stays on 85 for his 3rd place, whilst Judge 'n Jury who ran very well and maybe put up his best performance this season was put up 1lb to 100. Two others who finished with a rare old rattle up the rails were Masta Plasta and City Dancer who both stayed on their same marks of 101 and 88, the latter you would have to say is well handicapped and looks sure to win before long and maybe he'll be out again this weekend. Several behind were dropped as follows Indian Trail 1lb to 84, Moorhouse Lad 2lb to 95, Oldjoesaid 1lb to 92, Strike up the Band 3lb to 94 and Hoh Hoh Hoh 5lb to 85 amongst others.
The 6f handicap at the end of the card was won by Flipando who goes up 4lb to 98, Fol Hollow was 2nd and goes up a further 2lb to 98, Run For the Hills finished to great effect down the outside in 6th and the handicapper has raised him 2lb for that to 100, which seems a bit harsh considering the winner only went up 4lb and in my view he should have stayed on 98. Further down the field Abraham Lincoln has been raised 3lb to 90, he had finished 2nd to Tajneed on his previous run and didnt seem to get a run here.
Over at Musselburgh for their big sprint and it was Hamish Mcgonagall who came out on top by a neck from Striking Spirit and as a result was raised 6lb to 105 and this will make it much tougher for him in handicaps now, the 2nd went up 4lb to 98 hwilst the next 3 home all stayed on their same marks (Ingleby Lady 97, Masamah 97 and Ziggy Lee 86). Lenny Bee was left untouched as the form of his previous race had worked out very well and I dont think he got much of a run here. Behind Hogmaneigh and Roker Park were dropped 3lb a piece to 94 and 90.
Cheltenham International Meeting (Sat) - Spotlight On The Caspian Caviar Gold Cup https://t.co/xRIsnLhWp3 #Cheltenham — Steve Mullington (@mulldog) December 15, 2017 Some great results for the blo...
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