Result from yesterday:
1 Kingdom Of Fife 9/4F
2 Nanton 12/1
3 Re Barolo 16/1
Military Power was 4th at 10/1, not too bad in such a race but described as not fully ready after 73 days off, maybe I should have allowed for fitness but some of these top trainers are able to have them ready first time out.
‘Sole front runner makes all’ was my preferred scenario so I shouldn’t complain, except for the small detail of it being the wrong horse :-( Apparently (I didn’t see the race) he was allowed a ‘surprisingly easy lead’. I don’t usually criticise jockeys but they are not always the world’s brightest and this kind of result illustrates the point – Kingdom of Fife won on his merits but should have been taken on sooner, there being no other confirmed front runner.
Nanton did get an outsider’s rating from me and something caught my eye but I didn’t allow for it. De Barolo was dismissed on distance, going and weight grounds, again erroneously. Checklow was disappointing and Flipando needs shorter. I was pleased to have dismissed Cheshire Prince despite his recent win at Chester though I wrongly took his ooh/ow (and that of close finishers there) to downgrade Kingdom of Fife. Overall though, I am not too unhappy with this assessment – 4th is respectable at the early price of 10/1 and I beat the 13/2 SP nicely.
No suitable races till Thursday or Friday now.
In other news, the Fineform survey for yesterday’s main meeting at Goodwood:
Top-rated, one win from eight races, at 9/4.
Second-rated, two wins at 9/2 and 10/1.