Monday, 12 October 2015

Tuesday at Huntingdon

There are two runners on Tuesday for the stables that I am following on this blog and they are Verano and Baratineur for Dan Skelton.

VERANO - Joined stable from Charlie Mann and this is his first start for Skelton. He won at Uttoxeter over Hurdles earlier this year over 2m on soft going off a rating of 113h following a wind operation. This is his second start over fences and in dropping in grade he carries top weight. He has always looked a chaser  in the making and his first effort over the larger obstacles was respectable. 
Not sure however if this is his best trip and the going may be on the fast side too, so the current best odds of 2/1 don't look tempting. 3rd 7/4

BARATINEUR - A dual bumper winner in France on soft and heavy going. He is said to have a shown a lot of speed and ability at home and it will be interesting to see how he gets on here in this Maiden Hurdle. He is up against several unraced opponents and two previous bumper winners in Ballineur(watch your bets with similar sounding name) for Nicky Henderson and Alyasan from the Seamus Durack stable. The latter is a half brother to Alavain, who finished 3rd in the Triumph Hurdle in 2010 and 6th in the County Hurdle in 2011(OR 144). 
Alaysan won both his bumpers at Stratford, the second was under a 7lb penalty. A hood is applied here to help him settle better and he could be value at the early odds of 3/1.

I think the most you could hope for for Baratineur would be a place and at the likely prohibitive odds(9/2 generally) it's not worth a bet. 4th 9/2


  1. Verano well beaten there - not quite sure how he ended up Evens in the morning and Cayman Islands took advantage in the race. Incidentally Wayward Lad tipped the winner to me as the best value.

  2. Thanks for the plug.
    There was no Wayward Lad blog today, and my "tip" was via a text to The Laird.

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  4. Baratineur did well to run on through the field after pulling early on. At one stage he looked like being involved in the finish but his run petered out and this should set him up nicely for his next start.