MGR Racing's March ReviewWhat went right and what did not
Not our best month to date but we did come away with 9 points profit and as the saying goes, profit is profit.
My first month live with Tipsters Empire and my 4th straight month of profit. We now sit just shy of 80 points profit in 4 months.
In total we gave:
Number of tips = 30 Tips
Number of winners = 7 Winners
Total Profit = 9 Points
We are all about quality over quantity.
The start of the Month began slowly with a couple of speculative selections running well without troubling the judge and a Non Runner. Then we pulled in 2 on the bounce with Cousin Khee, an 11 year old, showing his well being and a liking for Southwell’s Fibresand surface by hosing up! He was a ‘confident selection’ and a Recommended 5Pt Win @ 11/4. Pray For A Rainbow followed. A 1 Pt win @ 5/1, despite returning @ 3/1. This one remains of interest, as he is crying out for Good Ground, yet he won in soft by 2 ¾ lengths, heavily eased!
Napping appeared not to be entirely in love with the surface at Southwell and The Racing Post ‘s analysis team appeared dumfounded by the performance of Casterly Rock. In hindsight The Phillip Hobbs string have probably underperformed all year and this remains a worry as he is having one of his worst ever seasons. All his horses are probably best left alone, for the time being, even though a little encouragement can be gleaned from Westend Story’s recent success.
Lareena, winning comfortably at Thurles for Willie Mullins, will be remembered as Ruby Walsh’s long awaited return to race riding, just in time for the Cheltenham Festival. After a couple of early successes, at The Festival, most notably aboard Footpad, where he judged the pace to perfection, Ruby, then, was very unlucky, having taken a fall from Al Boum Photo, which aggravated his original injury, keeping him out of the remaining 2 days of Cheltenham! Let’s hope he makes a swift recovery in time for The Punchestown Festival.
It was probably asking a bit much of More Bucks at Sandown, having his first run back after a long lay off in The Grand Millitary Gold Cup albeit Paul Nicholls has had hoses like this Cherry Ripe after an enforced break in the past. However, I thought he jumped superbly well before tiring late on and will remain of interest wherever connections decide to go next.
Eragon De Chanay boosted the coffers at Sandown returned at 100/30, winning by an eased down 11 lengths!
Charlemar ran for us next but following some encouraging Trainer comments about his chances, he ran no sort of race going down by more than 100 lengths., having led for the first circuit.
This is when the build up to The Cheltenham Festival started in earnest. I gave you a comprehensive look at The Stayers Hurdle, narrowing the contenders down to 8 from a 40 + entries list at the time of writing, where 15 of them eventually went to post. I am pleased to say favourable mentions were given to the winner (Penhill) and Runner Up (Supasundae) and I strongly believe Bacardys would have gone close too but for falling at the last when staying on. Sam Spinner was 5th and Yanworth 6th and I would suggest neither should be written off as they’re probably suited by a flatter track.
The Festival Itself was disappointing as 4 losers followed. Cause Of Causes was reported to be sore and stiff behind following a disappointing run in the Cross Country Race and has now been ruled out of The Grand National, although Eliott’s other runner, who was mentioned as one who was expected to run well was Tiger Roll who won well. Burning Ambition appeared to travelling really well in The Foxhunters but failed to pick up at the business end and De Plotting Shed failed to handle the ground when backed in to favouritism. I am convinced there is a big handicap in him when he does get his ground. Only Sqouateur ran with any credit close up in 3rd in The Kim Muir but simply does not jump consistently well enough at this level.
This was the start of a lean spell! A couple of 2nd Places for Whisky In The Jar, who’s young rider was given a harsh lesson by the More experienced Brian Hughes, who controlled the pace of the race and Benefit Of Magic bumped into one who looks very well handicapped in Paddymc!
I have to admit I got it wrong with Christmas In USA, who’s Trainer appeared quietly confident of his chances but in hindsight blamed the Northern weather at his yard for his apparent lack of fitness.
Then for the debacle of all debacles… Midnight Shadow advised @ 8/13, backed in to 1 / 4 Fav
Almost ran off the course at The Paddock bend when following the 2nd Fav and whilst the other horse recovered and got back onto the race track proper, Midnight Shadow veered violenty left to avoid the Rails and unshipped Danny Cook! The race was won by a 66/1 outsider.
The way our luck was running we badly needed a winner and that came via Kilfilum Cross who never broke sweat in trouncing the field by 21 lengths at decent odds of 7/2.
Madison To Monroe ran no sort of race for Jess Harrington and Ateem was touched off by a short head for Richard Hannon.
A bad mistake put an end to the Each way chances of Grace Tara and another bad mistake led to to the very sad loss of Allmyown, who never touched a twig in his previous race.
The ground at Taunton had dried out considerably by the time Court Frontier ran but make no mistake I know for sure this one will win at decent odds when he gets his optimum conditions.
Fortunately, we finished the month strongly, with Bal De Rio winning for Brian Ellison at his local track (Newcastle) where he loves to have a winner, at odds of 6/1 and Apache Song winning at 10/1 for James Eustace to reward our Each Way backers handsomely.