Thursday 3 November 2016


Day two featured some classier action than the day before but it was pretty tepid stuff and very little business was done.

The first two events were quickly passed over. Favourites Cape Of Glory and Taurian both just looked better animals than their respective opponents, although neither was impressive in landing odds of Evens and 10-11 respectively. Chris Grant's Feeltherhythm didn't look fit in race two so may be one to take forward, but let's not get carried away with this form.

The third race on the card was a no-bet race on account of several horses appearing to have similar chances, and none of them were particularly enticing in the market.

I Williams' Faithful Mount looked a bit of value at 4s but this fair sort didn't go through with its effort very well...however the nice chasing type that is Clonalig House, who was first mentioned here when landing a bumper in 2014, certainly did. He floated on the good ground and was very light footed around the paddock, so softer terrain will likely be a no-no.

Stoneham looked well and was nicely backed, but was involved in a skirmish at the start before rallying well late on. She looks in form and could be one to be on next time. Arthurs Secret was in good shape and might do better under positive tactics, with some headgear back on.

A three-runner staying chase saw Grove Silver sent off a warm order in the face of weak opposition, but there was plenty not to like about the burly grey, whose trainer is cold at present. I've seen the horse looking really well in the past but he looked disinterested and not especially fit, while the ground was a concern.

He was taken on by Irish pair Our Sox, who by contrast was very alert, fit, almost too bouncy. His head carriage didn't really make him an enticing prospect either, which left the rag, an Irish point winner called Castletown Bridge.

Without prior knowledge of the beast you were guessing as to how he would cope with the stiffer fences, and he too appeared to be carrying a bit of timber. But he got round, and had the cajones to see off Our Sox with the jolly well stuffed.

Juvenile hurdler Milrow looked a worthy favourite getting a ton of weight from a nice sort in Canton Prince, but Venue took advantage of what turned out to be a fairly weak race by going in for a second time this autumn, without actually having to improve a great deal.

With Dr Newland's horse vanquished his short-priced jolly in the feature race Seefood looked one to take on, even though he was taking a sizeable drop in class.

Ms R Menzies saddled chief market rival Royal Macnab, who looked pretty straight despite the yard's horses all needing a run this term. Punters might have been hoping for an aggressive ride from the front, but T Kelly tried to sit on an easy lead and things didn't pan out.

Prince Khurram ran his race but isn't up to this grade, and thus it was left to the classier southern raiders to dominate the finish, Seefood travelling well down in trip to overcome a few sketchy jumps and win well from Wings Of Smoke, a big bull of a horse who could never land a telling blow.

Senatus was a good favourite in the closing bumper - which looked a weak affair - based on a solitary outing in May. The McLintock horse looked straight enough and had enough about him to suggest he would go on from this.

He put his experience to good use in the final furlong, with Drums Of War and Wemyss Point fighting out the minor honours despite looking like the race would bring them on plenty. T Vaughan's Sergio isn't very big but looked straight enough to get involved, but proved disappointing, while the Menzies youngster Strike Fear is a nice animal who nevertheless needs quite a bit of time.

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