Hi Racing fans welcome back! We had another good day yesterday with the NAP selection winning by a comfortable 2 lengths. Definitely looks like a horse that can still go further and I am keeping him in my tracker. I have FIVE selections for you for Fridays racing, containing an each way single selection and then four horses for a lucky 15.
We are really starting to hit some form and I think these selections will help this continue. Thank you for all of your support so far, and don't forget to check out my socials - @gingerjoeracing on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook!
HOLLOW STEEL is one that I am advising as an each way single purely on the basis that I think there could be more to him that what we have seen on course so far. He hasn’t shown much in 3 starts, just moderate form however, he was well backed each time giving me a suspicion that he has shown a little more at home. He could go under the radar here at a big price. His first two runs came over 5 furlongs and he slightly improved for the step up to 5 ½ furlongs, where he was only beaten 4 lengths to the Richard Hannon-trained Robjohn - who has gone on to better things since and wasn’t heavily pushed out to the finish.
Steps up a further half furlong this time and that could just bring out a little more in him still. Runs against maybe two who have decent form and the remainder are either debutants or disappointing starters. The trainer jockey and owner combination had a big price winner on Thursday so they are clearly in fine fetal. I will only be backing as a single but just one that catches my eye in this one.
UNASHAMED is a typical Grant Tuer type who has markedly improved from 2 to 3 years old. Opened his account with a win on his seasonal debut and then followed that up with two fine efforts in defeat. His best run to date was actually his most recent run where he finished a close fourth in a real decent handicap at Thirsk in a race which has chucked up loads of winners since. Grant Tuer has been rather good at winning these sorts of handicaps off top weight and I think he may well bag another here.
I think there is probably still more to come even though he is top weight here and the handicapper probably hasn't got a grasp of him just yet. He’s a likely improver and is likely to run a big race. Sam James gets the ride and he has been ultra consistent this year. A solid option in a race which isn't necessarily filled with class. One on the up and definitely one of the more likelier ones. The price could look very big after this.
SENECA CHIEF is a horse I really really like. He’s been a brilliant horse for connections and just an all round solid type, tried hard and seems to forever be improving. He usually takes a few races to really find his top form however he surprised me on his reappearance this year where he came out and finished second by just half a length in a real valuable handicap. This leads me to suggest he is ahead of schedule and may well actually be ahead of his mark which would make him hard to stop.
The recent run actually stacks up real well on paper so you can see where my selection really starts to tick a lot of boxes. Connections have managed to bag David Egan for the ride and he is no stranger to the winners enclosure so I'm sure they are expecting a big run here also. He won 3 times in June last year and thrived under conditions. 7/2 is short enough but I think he is the winner here and there can only be one.
FLEURMAN is a 3y-o I am really excited about. Showed huge improvement when markedly stepped up in trip to 1m4f at Salisbury last time and was very strong through the line. What was most impressive was the fact that he found trouble half way lost his position in what looked like the end of his chances. However he managed to somehow get himself back into position and found an excellent turn of foot to power through the line ahead of some decent types.
Visually this was extremely impressive and he needs to step up to beat the fav here but the way he dominated that field last time out with all of the complications tells me that this boy has a huge engine. He is in receipt of nearly a stone from the short price favourite and I think the prices should be the other way round. I think this one may be a bit of a superstar and I think he will take all the beating stepping up another 2 furlongs. The small field will suit and leave him with less traffic problems too last time. I can’t really get away from that form. I think this one is potentially special.
SHIP OF THE FEN is my Nap selection for Friday, and one I think is going to take a lot of beating. He has some seriously good form on the flat and comes into this hurdle race challenging quite a weak set of opponents. The favourite Say Nothing has not yet won a race albeit he has gone close but I think that's all the improvement he has in him. He's likely to be popular but the profile doesn't interest me and another race where I think the bookies have it wrong. SHIP OF THE FEN ran really well in a handicap at Cheltenham before switching back to the flat and winning a small field handicap over 2 miles.
That form is a lot better than anything in this race has to offer. I think the concern to most people would be wanting to see him settle better however, he is upped to 2m6f which will slow the pace and enable him to find a really good position here. I simply think he is the best horse in the race and think he takes the world of beating this time out. He has only had four hurdle starts but would’ve been well schooled for this test. It’s likely that he is still improving as he is only 6 and Charlie Todd takes off a valuable 3lbs just to top off his chances. I think this one is a steal!
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