Monday, 14 December 2015

Here we go again!

Well things went pretty much as expected on Saturday for the stables runners with all bar Old Guard not making the winners podium.

There were some great performances by other stables horses up and down the country and plenty of information to fill up your notebooks with.

Yesterday Dan Skelton had a winner from his only runner Robin Of Locksley. There was just the one Nicholls runner, which was odds on Hawkhurst, who seemingly just had to trot up to the winning post to collect but unfortunately he jinked slightly right and Sam Twiston Davies was unbalanced and fell from the horse.

There has been a bit of comment about this - Sam has reportedly been berated by disgruntled punters, but that is the kind of thing that can happen in a horse race and you have to take it on the chin if you risk betting on long odds on shots - there is absolutely no difference to the horse having fallen at the last which would have gone unquestioned by the betting public.

Sam felt the need to apologise after, which is fair enough, it's 50/50 whether it was something he could have coped with better than he did - but at the end of the day the horse had been perfect up to that point through the race and Sam was just caught unaware like many people would be in the same situation.

Anyway all of that is by the bye now and we have a couple of runners today for team Nicholls.

12.10 - Lac Leman ran just the once last season finishing 4th of 9 in a Claas 4 novice hurdle at Taunton on soft. He ran very free and pulled hard in that race and he has since had a breathing operation. He returned at Huntingdon 8 days ago finishing 5th of 15 in a Class 4 novices hurdle over 2m on good to soft going. He wore a hood for the first time there to try and settle him but he took a keen hold once again, he was outpaced between the last two flights and lost third place on the line. That to me seemed a better race than this one and if the hood has a better effect this time which it may do as he may have lost some of the first run fizz he could run better - however the most you could hope for is a place and he's not really at a place price at one fifth the odds.

1.20 - Baron De Ligniere has run just the twice so far in two bumpers finishing 5th and 6th. In the first of those he stayed on well in the closing stages to finish 5th but in the second in October he had nothing further to give up the straight over 2m so he needs to improve a fair bit over this longer distance of 2m 4f on his hurdling debut. He may well do so but he's unlikely to beat Sherwood's McKenzies Friend and like the last race Baron De Ligniere is just too short in the betting at one fifth the odds a place to risk any cash.

No bets today but hopefully there will some opportunities tomorrow.


  1. Unfortunately by apologising Sam has taken responsibility.
    It was not his fault and he should not have apologised.

  2. Unfortunately by apologising Sam has taken responsibility.
    It was not his fault and he should not have apologised.