Tempted by Newmarket today – despite it being 3yr olds first time out these might still be a good betting medium and worth a look later. For now, jumping at Cheltenham, two Class 2 handicaps:
2-45 Oakfield Legend. Doubts about several of these but Oakfield has what I am calling an Indicator Race i.e. a single notable run within a relevant timescale which takes precedence over more recent and possibly poor form. In this case, Oakfield was 3rd to Don’t Push It at Aintree last April. Just one run this season so could come on for that and Topspeed joint top-rated. 9yr old and relatively lightly-raced, I make him 5/1 and have taken 9/1 early price. Dangers are Boychuk and Parsons Legacy.
3-20 Good Old Thyme. Also has an IR, 6 Feb this year came 2/18 in a Class 2 at Doncaster. A mistake then heavy going cost him the two intervening races but, depite a busy season, he has what is needed today and worth a punt at 12/1 early, my price being 5/1. Trainer Dr R D P Newland is 2w 2pl 7l in the last fortnight. I am giving more weight to trainer form in my scoring now, so that is an added plus. Dangers are Saticon and Lord Ragnar.