Monday Selections: 13th February 2023

May Remain ran a huge race for 3rd place after setting off way too fast in the not quite so ‘luckly’ last at Southwell.

Obviously having to overcome the wide draw didn’t help, and Elle-May Croot wasn’t capable to slow things down once she got the gelding to the front of the race, before he tiered into 3rd in the final furlong.

I was surprised about the drift to SP 11/1. I maintain that he had a much, much better chance than that and the run confirmed this. It wasn’t the result I hoped for, but even in defeat I must say this was probably my strongest bet of the year, despite the lower price I backed. I would have done this one every time.

Important to acknowledge a winning bet isn’t always a good bet and a losing bet isn’t always a bad one.

Getting in early for Monday – not sure if this sort of price holds up for the selection; I hope it doesn’t as that’s the first positive sign; but similarly to May Remain on Sunday, I was surprised to see this price available and getting it matched to my full stake, so early in the evening, for whatever that is worth.


5.00 Wolverhampton: Class 6 Handicap, 5f

Good draw, minimum trip, reduced mark and poor opposition: I couldn’t asked for a better scenario for Prince Of Rome. He must be a huge chance here.

It was nearly four weeks ago that he caught the eye over this course and distance after an awkward start from a wide draw, as he bumped into a rival, settled off pace, swerved very wide around the bend relegated to last, but finished very much the best, despite not having a clear run.

That was his Comeback run after a long lay-off. He also changed yards in January. He was possibly a bit disappointing when last seen over the same C&D, although, I think the widest draw was a contributing factor as he travelled wide on the outside chasing the pace for the first half of the race.

He’s going to enjoy the #1 draw tis time to help attack the race from the front, or certainly close to the pace. It’s likely that Boom The Groom and Battle Point want to rush forward from their wide draw to grab the early pace, but that can only suit POR who could sit on the inside in second or third, ground saving, relishing a good gallop.

Down to a mark of 57 he looks potentially well-handicapped now, given he ran better than the bare form on his two last runs since the return to racing.

It’s also noteworthy in the context of his overall profile. He’s a better horse on the All-Weather, and didn’t have too many chances to race on the sand since late 2021. Down to a career-lowest mark, 12lb lower than his last AW run prior the his comeback this January, he appears to be a fair bit classier, than most of his rivals here.

The market looks unsettled and undecided as this early stage, so I am getting in as early as possible as I hope to have got it right in saying this is his “D-Day”. Smarkets and Matchbook combined matched my full stake at a price that represents sensational value in my book.

Battle Point is another eyecatcher for me in this race. But his wide draw could see him him use too much energy early on, I imagine. Hopefully we get another day with him, as he remains of interest.

10pts win – Prince Of Rome @ 7/1

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