There’s some cracking jumps action coming up this week with the likes of Ballyandy and former Champion Hurdler Jezki both possibles as the season proper starts to ratchet it up a gear or two. I haven’t had much time unfortunately of late to post here but I simply had to blog about one I really like the chances of in the first at Perth on Wednesday.
The mare in question is Simone, who makes her debut for Lucinda Russell after being bought for £105,000 in May following a bumper win at Punchestown when in the care of Shane Nolan. The five-year-old finished just over a length ahead of Lighthouse Warrier, inflicting that one’s only defeat in three starts, while in third was Peacock’s Secret, who has subsequently also won, beating one from the Willie Mullins yard at Kilbeggan. Look back to Simone’s previous start and you’ll see her finish fourth at the Punchestown Festival, just missing third after finishing strongly, with the potentially very smart Mystic Theatre just ahead in second. The form is miles stronger and offering masses more potential when compared to Pat’s Oscar, yet it is the Gordon Elliott runner who is favourite in this Perth novice hurdle. You can get 2/1 on Simone and I recommend you steam in and take that price.
Elsewhere, I just wanted to give a shoutout to my own pride and joy, Julius George, who runs in the semi finals of the canine version of the Grand National at Sittingbourne (I refuse to call it Central Park). He ran a cracker last week to make it to this stage and although he’s in a very tough heat he’s been majorly disrespected by the bookies, who have priced him up at 50/1. Trouble in running is common in the greyhound world and I wouldn’t be surprised if George managed to sneak a place if there is bother for one of the two hotpots.
Wednesday selections –
2.20 Perth – Simone 2/1 (NAP)
2.45 Sligo – Logical Song 4/5
3.15 Sligo – Presenting Mahler 9/4
3.50 Sligo – Robin des Mana 5/4
4.00 Perth – Arctic Gold 7/4
4.30 Perth – Sky Khan 7/1ew