Chris Dixon's Notes And Angles: Reward can come from Risk

By Chris Dixon@cdixon82
Wed 26 Jan 2022

A new arrival to our household last Wednesday means I’ve hardly left the house for the past week so I’m looking forward to my trip to Catterick for Racing TV on Wednesday afternoon.

At the time of writing I haven’t found a punting interest on the card but I will have an eye on Lingfield at 2.30 when I hope Bungledupinblue can gain a second career win.

Her poor winning strike rate and wide draw are a couple of negatives but this is a weak race - weaker than those Bungledupinblue has run in recently. A few of those recent outings have been in basement grade 0-55 handicaps but this 0-50 classified race is a notch lower and some of those handicaps of late have worked out pretty well.

Her latest fourth here is worth marking up given she seemed to make her effort earlier than ideal in a race where the pace collapsed and the hope is she won’t be quite so inconvenienced by how this race plays out. With course form figures of '212634' highlighting a liking for this circuit I’ll definitely be having a few quid on her at 7/2+.

On to this week’s tracker horses, here’s four to consider adding that have caught my eye in recent weeks.

Atakan – Colin Tizzard

Atakan only found an unpenalised last time out winner too good at Plumpton last week when showing improved form on his handicap debut and won’t be long in winning judged on this.

The race wasn’t the thorough test of stamina it might’ve been over this trip and he was outpaced on the final turn before running on strongly in the manner of a horse who’ll be better suited by a more end to end gallop at this sort of distance.

Whydah Gally – Colin Tizzard

Whydah Gally had shown good form in defeat prior to winning well at Wincanton on Thursday and has more to offer following an 8lb rise in the weights. With an unexposed horse in second and a well-treated one in third the form appeals as pretty solid and the return to a longer trip will suit given the way he saw his race out.

He can continue progressing over hurdles but has all the hallmarks of a horse who’ll be better over fences and he’s one to have an eye on next season when I’d expect him to be sent chasing.

Good Risk At All – Sam Thomas

Decent ground at Warwick over two miles was too much of a test of speed for Good Risk At All on Sunday, especially as the race was run at a modest enough tempo and I thought he did very well to get as close as he did. The ground he made up after the last flight, which he didn’t jump that fluently, was hugely eye-catching and that late effort alongside his bumper form (dual Listed winner) suggests that he’s a well-handicapped horse and will remain so following a rise for this.

The way he races smacks of a horse who could thrive in the environment of a big-field and well-run handicap so and I think he can win one of those once he gets a chance to run in one with something like the Imperial Cup at Sandown appealing as a suitable race.

Global Acclaim – Clive Cox

I’d assumed that the old far side disadvantage at Southwell might’ve disappeared along with the Fibresand but, almost a couple of months into racing on the new surface, it still looks as though racing towards the far side in the straight is a disadvantage.

With that in mind I’d mark up the effort of Global Acclaim on Monday as he made his challenge much more towards that part of the track than those that beat him. In a steadily-run race he was also a couple of lengths and more from the rest of the field when they turned into the straight and given he’s a strong stayer at this trip (stays further) was probably inconvenienced by how the race developed. Entitled to be sharper for this return from a break, he looks well suited by All-Weather surfaces and can be found a winning opportunity soon.

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