Following a disappointing Friday for the article, Steve Ryder previews three races on Saturday 14th October. October P&L +21.35pts.
2:05 York- Big Country 13/2 (0.5pt ew)
Big Country won on his first two starts this season, in a maiden and in a strong AW handicap at Kempton. He has since contested valuable handicaps and has shown his best form at York. He won a 1m2f handicap off a mark of 94 and then finished a close second in the John Smith’s Cup over the same C&D off a mark of 99. He can be forgiven his run in the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket as he didn’t appear to handle the track and now returns back to York off a mark of 100, only 1lb higher than his close second earlier this season. I think he is worth chancing in a race where bookmakers are offering 4 places in the race.
2:10 Cork- Kenya 5/4 (4pts) *price when posted on twitter
Kenya was a huge eye catcher on debut when finishing a closing third behind a better fancied stablemate at Naas. Aiden O’Brien likes his horses to have a nice introduction on debut and Kenya was given a lovely ride on debut. He was settled in midfield and switched to the outside before making stylish late headway under hands and heels. He is entered in the Irish 2000 Guineas and Derby next season and I will be shocked if he doesn’t win this weak maiden. I was shocked bookmakers opened at prices odds against and is now trading as short as 4/7, the price that I was expecting!
4:10 Chepstow- Drumcliffe 18/1 (0.5pt ew) *price when posted on twitter
Drumcliffe beat future Grade 2 winning hurdler Capitaine (rated 139) on his debut in a bumper. Since then, he has proved slightly disappointing over hurdles failing to win last season but looks to have a fantastic opportunity off a mark of 125. He was well backed when second in a handicap at Kempton at Christmas and then was sent off a 2/1 favourite for the Scottish County Hurdle. He travelled well during the race but weakened up the Musselburgh straight to finish 5th. He gets into this race off a mark of 125 and weight of 10st1lb and as result is the JP McManus second string with Barry Geraghty unable to make the weight. That means he went under the radar when the market opened at 25/1 but has been well backed again into as short as 12/1. Harry Fry has started the season well with 3 winners from 7 runners (43% strike rate) and hopefully Drumcliffe can fulfil his early potential.
2:05 York- Big Country 13/2 (0.5pt ew) click here for best odds
2:10 Cork- Kenya 5/4 (4pts) click here for best odds
4:10 Chepstow- Drumcliffe 18/1 (0.5pt ew) click here for best odds