First selection on Thursday makes his chasing debut for Gigginstown
Apologise another recruit of interest at Rasen
Alan Dudman is playing an 14/1 Sportsbook double on Thursday with two good chances
Meade has a good chasing prospect on his hands with Highland
Back Highland Charge @ 5.04/1 in the 12:32 at Thurles
Both selections in yesterday's column took huge walks in the market with Jack Darcy going off at a BSP 20, and also going off too hard but did hit 5.9 in-play for a nice 'out' bet as a lay and trade. Strandonthegreen went even bigger out to 28 and needed the experience. Both aren't lost causes for the future and remain of interest.
The initial double was around 89.0, that swiftly went out to 589/1 - so the duo represented some drift!
Thursday's opening bet, and indeed the double is nowhere near those sort of prices, but Noel Meade's Highland Charge looks a fine chasing prospect and he should take to the fences well and I'm keen to oppose the Henry De Bromhead favourite in this Tellmesomethinggirl.
His debut hurdling efforts thus far have been good, with an 8L second to Sir Gerhard at Leopardstown over Christmas in 2021, and he made no mistake with a couple of wins both at Naas with his Maiden Hurdle win and a Kingsfurze success at Grade 3 level.
He's very much a soft ground horse with his action and showed a grand attitude on both occasions when winning, including a good recovery after making a mess of the last for his first win.
Meade is 5-15 at 33% heading into today.
Expect a good start from the debutant Apologise
Back Apologise @ 3.02/1 in the 12:40 at Market Rasen
The second bet is again nothing fancy in price at 2/1, but Apologise is a most interesting recruit to the jumping game and should give the in-form training duo of Olly Greenall and Josh Gueirriero another winner. The team have only had three winners from their last 27 runners, but it's 10-52 in the last month at 19% and even better at Rasen this term with 2-8 at 25%.
Apologise was picked up from Andy Slattery after a light career in Ireland and showed improvement in each of his four runs as a 3yo. With three races around 1m, he was upped to 1m4f at Killarney for his handicap debut in soft conditions and scored easily. Not only relishing the ground, but also the trip.
He travelled strongly off the steady pace and will have no trouble with a sharp track like Market Rasen and the tight turns, as the corner at Killarney 3f out is a very sharp left-handed one, although he'll be going around the other way today. He still looked a little green when in the straight and looked around to his left and right, but he showed a good attitude in the end and started to hit his straps in terms of stamina at the line.
A dry day in store, and we've got soft-ish conditions, and while it's not quite as soft as a Dali clock it should be fine.
John Ferguson won this Juvenile race back in 2015 with Wolfcatcher - a former smart stayer for Godolphin for Andre Fabre. Those were the days!
October/November singles winners:
Sleeping Satellite 15/8 Won
Lifetime Ambition 9/1 Placed
Rebellious Gale 9/2 Placed
Lunar Discovery 2/1 Won
Favour And Fortune 11/2 Win and Place
Halsafari 9/1 Placed
Tagabawa 4/5 Won
Documenting 7/2 Won
I See You Well 17/2 Placed
Eva's Oskar 8/1 Placed
Sea Gifted 11/4 Won
Sweet Will 9/1 Won and Placed
Vaynor 7/4 Won
Magical Vision 10/1 Won and Placed
De Legislator 9/10 Won
Captain Quint 2/1 Won
Fiston Du Mou 5/2 Won
Rickety Gate 5/2 Won
Warren Point 9/4 Won
Pennymoor 17/2 Won and Placed
Tarhib 5/1 Won
Hoganville 3/1 Won
Sole Pretender 9/1 Placed R4
Maximilian Evens Won
Another Odyssey 5/4 Won
Magnetic North 16/1 Placed
Mr Alan 4/1 Won
Bright Diamond 13/2 Placed
Hurtle 2/1 Won
Good Impression 3/1 Won
Soft Whisper 2/1 Won