Only one jumps meeting in Britain in the W/E Sunday 22/01, but a profitable week.
Our updated figures - all to a £1 level stake - below:
Week ending 22/01/21: +£18.74
January 2023 Month To Date: +31.69
Profit since 1/08/2022: +279.10
3.35pm Down Royal - Angels Dawn (Nap of the Day)
The three British jumps meetings scheduled for today were abandoned on Monday, and Catterick is the only likely meeting tomorrow. Bleak times for jumps fans.
ANGELS DAWN enjoys soft/heavy ground and would not want the ground to dry out too much at Down Royal in their feature handicap chase over three miles. The selection would have won at Punchestown on New Year’s Eve had she not blundered at the last when she rallied well and just failed to get back up.
The mare has been raised 4lbs for that effort, but that is negated by the 7lbs claim of talented conditional Cian Quirke, who takes over in the plate for the first time.
Top-weight Archies Charm will appreciate the step back up to three miles, and he, too, will be claimer ridden with Ben Harvey taking off 5lbs, but the vote goes to the mare, although I will be looking at the first few races to make sure there is enough cut in the ground for the mare to give her best.
7.30pm Southwell - Soaring Star
Liberated Lad was an impressive winner over 1m 6f here on Friday but disappointed dropped back a couple of furlongs at Newcastle on Sunday when trainer Ian William suggested the run may have come too soon. He is back again tonight under talented apprentice Alex Volkhansky and must be worth opposing at prohibitive odds of 2/1. It might be that this track suits him better than Gosforth Park, but this will be three races in five days, and that is a big ask.
SOARING STAR has no great record fresh and has never won immediately after a wind operation – had his fourth last month! – but the handicapper has certainly given him a chance, given he is 11lbs lower than when scoring over a slightly shorter trip here back in February.
The each-way recommendation is not the heartiest of battlers, but the opening 9/1 looked a shade too big, and the Phil Kirby stable has been in good form – especially over jumps – in recent weeks.
8.30pm Southwell - Eagle Eyed Freddie
I was impressed with the C&D success of Run Teddy Run at Southwell on Friday when backed on the off – 2/1 into 11/10 – as if defeat was out of the question. He carries just a 5lbs penalty for that success, and his latest win was gained in a very good time. He is a worthy market leader but rocks up just four days after a big performance and is short enough in the betting, having opened up just a shade of odds against at 6/5.
EAGLE EYED FREDDIE failed to get home over ten furlongs at Chelmsford last time but has a record over today’s C&D on tapeta of 1-2, and Mick Appleby replaces his usual claimer with Rossa Ryan for the first time. The each-way recommendation can be a bit keen, and the return to a mile is a positive.
He is unlikely to get an uncontested lead with Back From Dubai and Lethal Touch in the field, which is a concern, but he receives 7lbs from the market leader, and I hope his new jockey can get the fractions right.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.