A review of four of our recent Sectional Racecards.
24/11/20 – Get Your Ladbrokes Daily Odds Boost Nursery, Wolverhampton 17:00
1st Tilaawah, 2nd Highest Ambition, 3rd Night Narcissus
Marco Botti’s Highest Ambition went off 10/11 favourite in this nursery, having been introduced into handicaps off a mark of 75 and off the back of a short head second in his last novice start. While the argument for progression on handicap debut was obvious, his best Sectional Rating wasn’t enough to enter our top 10 performances for this race and he was there to take on at the price.
Tilaawah’s profile was less sexy, being nudged up 2lb having won a Yarmouth nursery last time. But that run, and a previous run on the all weather over course and distance, put him clear on our Sectional Racecard once racing weight had been accounted for. While the final result was close, the value was in the prices regardless.
24/11/20 – Betway Handicap, Wolverhampton 18:00
1st Lord Riddiford, 2nd Top Breeze, 3rd Pop Dancer
Top Breeze and Pop Dancer were just outside of the top 10 Sectional Ratings in what was a tight race on the figures; tight, apart from a couple of horses at the top who had achieved Ratings in the 100’s.
Ornate has a tendency to produce a high Rating each year on the turf when running at a quick track favouring early pace, which he did again when running behind Battaash at Goodwood. Lord Riddiford was allowed to go off at 12/1 here and possessed by far the best Sectional Rating on the all weather. He is building up quite a nice record on the surface and I can only think he was so overpriced because his best runs had all come at Chelmsford. However, he’d only ever ran twice on the all weather away from that venue and he should be a horse to keep on side through the winter.
25/11/20 – Unibet 3 Uniboosts A Day Nursery, Kempton 17:30
1st Fools Rush In, 2nd Toussarok
Fools Rush In and Toussarok were 5/1 and 13/2 respectively in this seven runner field and so at the prices and on the Sectional Ratings they were the two to be interested in. Having been BHA rated 87 in August, Fools Rush In was down to a mark of 77 here and being bottom weight in this field was a tempting proposition for a bet at 5/1.
26/11/20 – CCR Handicap, Chelmsford 18:00
1st Ghalyoon, 2nd Mohareb
Another seven runner field, this time much tighter on the Sectional Ratings, headed by Ghalyoon at 9/4. A lightly raced 5 year old from the Marcus Tregoning yard is always going to go off short in the betting, but on this occasion it was probably justified. Ghalyoon’s recent form had been in races that were slowly run and he had been waiting for an even tempo to show his true worth. Sectional Upgrades of a maximum of 20+ over 6 and a half furlongs at Doncaster and 13 in a strong all weather race at Lingfield marked him out as a horse who had more to give. He won here pretty comfortably from the rear.