Having selected a couple of non-runners, I ended up with one winner from just two selections last week here in the Sunday Column.
A winner a week has kept things ticking along recently but I am hoping to improve my recent strike rate today with fvie strong selections from Racing TV tracks.
A superb day of racing is in store.
2.35 Chelmsford: Mutafawwig at 5-4 with William Hill
This is a pattern class performer in a handicap and he should prove to be too strong for his rivals here before going on to better things, either here or in Dubai at their International Carnival.
He has clearly been hard to train but emerged after a two year lay-off to win with something in hand at Kempton in early August.
That win came in a lightning fast time and the second and third have won since, giving the form a very solid look.
Now in a handicap, off a mark of 102, he looks fairly treated and should prove himself to be a lot better than that rating.
I like the fact that he drops in trip from a mile to seven furlongs as he has plenty of speed and I would not be surprised if he dominated from the stalls.
The only issue is the bounce factor given he put up a big effort last time off a long absence. However, a 39-day break offsets such worries.
3.30 Curragh: Agartha at a general 100-30
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This Caravaggio filly is an absolute standout in this field.
She won the Silver Flash at Leopardstown before landing the Debutante Stakes here at the Curragh and she will be hard to beat.
She meets some unexposed rivals, but they will have to have a mountain of untapped talent to turn her over.
She seems to be getting better and better with racing. Here are her Timeform ratings run by run, 76,78,82,100,106. The rapid improvement is obvious and there could be more to come.
Her trainer, Joseph O Brien, is closing in on 100 winners yet again and never seems to be out of form. Another win awaits.
4.40 Curragh: Sonnyboyliston at 5-1 with bet365
Conventional thinkers will discard this selection on the basis that surely an Ebor handicap winner cannot follow up in the Group One Irish St Leger.
I take that point on the chin but, to counter punch, this is not a very deep Group One and Sonnyboyliston proved at York that he can run fast.
He posted a raw Timeform speed figure of 115, which makes him a pattern performer all day long.
There is some rain around, which may ease the ground, but that will not inconvenience him. He is trading currently at 5-1, which seems very fair, and hails from the go-ahead yard of Johnny Murtagh.
5.20 Musselburgh: Ravenscraig Castle at a general 9-4
I think this horse should be favourite and am surprised that in early skirmishes he is trading as second in the market behind Vino Victrix.
Trainer Ian Jardine has a useful prospect on his hands who after two wins contested a Class Two handicap at York and finished a close up third to Valley Forge.
That was a big effort from this lightly raced son of Nathaniel and now that he is stepped up in trip to two miles I anticipate him to make another big step forward.
He has been raised only 5lb for that effort in a much stronger race than he faces now. This could become tactical given that there are only five runners but this horse has pace and is a strong stayer with improvement almost guaranteed.
5.30 Haydock: Flaming Lord at a general 17-2
Harry Eustace is among a batch of up and coming young trainers who have injected some life into the training ranks and he can win this with Flaming Lord.
This horse makes his handicap debut on Sunday and I think he has been underestimated by the handicapper, who has allotted him a mark of 76.
He has raced four times in his career and has only been out of the frame once - on his debut when clueless.
His best effort is surely his second to Power Of Beauty at Yarmouth, who went on to be second in a Listed race at Sandown next time out.
That alone makes him worthy of a bigger mark than 76. He is a strong traveller and there is loads of pace signed on here which will suit his run style.
Dropping back in trip to 7f is no problem and he rates as being a another big advert for the skills of his young trainer.
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