Double Dutch, 13th June 2015
Rembrandt Van Rijn duly clocked up his hat-trick at Sandown yesterday, staying on well to take the lead inside the final furlong before winning at by half a length at 2/1, a point shorter than our advised odds.
Field of Fame ran well enough but was a touch one-paced when push came to shove and finished 4th, beaten by 2.5 lengths.
Unfortunately, though, a disappointing turn of events at York earlier in the afternoon meant that our 3/1 winner counted for nothing, but my personal pride!
Short-priced favourite Secret Ambition was edged out of the frame into 4th place, despite only being beaten by a length and a half in a tight contest, while Scottish Command was the same distance and three more places further back.
So weren’t too far away from landing a 9.5/1 double, but a miss is as good/bad as a mile in this game, where the margins are so small.
Friday’s results were as follows:
Secret Ambition : 4th at 13/8 (adv 6/4)
Scottish Command : 7th at 9/2 (adv 11/4)
Rembrandt Van Rijn : WON at 2/1 (adv 2/1)
Field of Fame : 4th at 9/4 (adv 11/4)
Results to date:
595 winning selections from 2097 = 28.37%
187 winning bets in 543 days = 34.44%
P/L : +91.42pts (+8.42% ROI)
REMINDER: THERE IS NO DOUBLE DUTCH ON SUNDAYS
Last ones for this week are…
Likely makes her first after an absence of over a year and this will be only her second outing in total. She absolutely hacked up on debut at Carlisle winning by five lengths without even having to make an effort. Carlisle maidens aren’t necessarily the best indicator of ability, but the runner-up that day (Mattmu) won the Listed Rockingham at York as well as a French Group 2 contest and has already finished wihin a head of landing a Group 2 this season.
She’s been recovering from a hairline fracture to her pelvis and if race-ready will take all the beating for David Barron who won this race three years ago with Pearl Secret and will be fancying his chances again today with Likely at 11/4 BOG.
There is, of course, every possibility that she might not quite be up to speed on her comeback and it that’s the case, then Waady could well be the main beneficiary at 5/2 BOG. He’s two from two over course and distance and 3 from 3 at the trip with all his wins coming wearing the hood that he’ll sport again today.
The only slight negative in an impressive profile is that he didn’t win his previous effort at this grade, but was far from disgraced in finishing fourth in the Toronado Carnarvon Stakes four weeks ago, getting to within 5 lengths of the eventual winner Adaay who, of course, has since landed a Group 2 at Haydock two weeks ago. A similar level of performance allied to a drop in trip might just swing it for Waady today.
Our Boy Ben got off the mark over fences at the fourth attempt at Sedgefield almost 6 weeks ago. he had to really dig deep that day to repel a late challenger. He had led approaching the last, but had to pull everything out to get home by a neck and you can now get 11/4 BOG about him “doubling up”
The runner-up hasn’t reappeared yet, but Shady Lane was 24 lengths back in third place and she has since gone on to win by 15 lengths next time out (Worcester, 2 days ago!). Our Boy Ben has won here at Hexham in the past (albeit over hurdles) and the drop back in trip allied to better ground should make things a little more comfortable for him this afternoon.
Gin Cobbler has been kept very busy this year and has been running as well as ever. He returned to action at Musselburgh after a 250-day absence on the 11th February and now just 4 months later, he’s running for the 14th time! 8 of those runs have been at the shorter trips of up to 2m 0.5f and he’s made the frame in 5 of those, including 2 wins.
One of those wins was here at Hexham 18 days ago when he made all to win by 11 lengths and although this should prove to be a tougher ask for him, if he’s in that frame of mind again to take the race by the scruff of the neck, Gin Cobbler has every chance at 11/2 BOG.
4 x 0.5pt BOG doubles as follows:
Waady / Our Boy Ben @ 12.13/1 (5/2 & 11/4 : BetVictor & Hills)
Waady / Gin Cobbler @ 21.75/1 (5/2 & 11/2 : BetVictor, Coral & Stan James)
Likely / Our Boy Ben @ 13.06/1 (11/4 & 11/4 : BetVictor & SkyBet)
Likely / Gin Cobbler @ 23.38/1 (11/4 & 11/2 : BetVictor, SkyBet & Stan James)