Our selection has a shocking wins-to-runs ratio, but that is mainly down to him running in races that he just couldn’t win at a higher level. He’s finally dropped down to a grade where he can be competitive and could have been found a good opportunity on only his third start for his new trainer.
He didn’t get much luck at the gate last time and given a clean start today, he can gain an overdue second success.
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It looks a straight match between horses the selection and Cultural Mandate as only half the length separating the pair when they met last time. Cultural Mandate won that day but I’llmakeyousmile now has a 3lb pull in the weights for the half-length defeat.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see I’llmakeyousmile come out on top on this occasion.
Sometimes horses just find themselves in the right spot and this appears the case on Saturday with the John Sadler runner. He has been away from the track for three months, but that should pose no problem as his last work was impressive around this track over 5 furlongs.
He sits towards the top of the market for a reason as his last run was incredibly strong.
Aidans Harbor must be one of the most unlucky horses in training.
He’s had a troubled passage on five of his last six starts and it looks as if connections have lost patience and are now take a significant drop in grade. He holds a clear, class, edge in this particular contest.
If his confidence is intact – this looks a gimmie.
He ran a cracker on his racecourse debut, considering it was always going to be on the short side over the minimum 5 furlongs trip on the turf. The step up in trip is going to be absolutely ideal judged on his pedigree and an added bonus is we take a significant drop in class to maiden claiming ($32,000) company.
Our jockey is not particularly hot at the moment but The Connector can change that.
Mike Repole the owner & Tod Pletcher the trainer have had massive success together at the highest level. So when you see a horse bought out of a claimer for $50,000 and dropping straight back in for a $35,000 tag, it looks as if the owner wants a punt.
On Malibu Max’s four racecourse appearances at this track he’s finished no closer than second but that was in much tougher company than Saturday night.
He finds himself in a winnable spot and the owner looks to be going for a tickle.
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