There were a few non-runners among Saturday’s selections, with Mister Fisher pulled out of the Scottish Champion Hurdle and Super Julius withdrawn at Wolverhampton. Those that did run ran reasonably well, with a 3/1 winner, a 6/1 3rd, a 12/1 faller, a 20/1 each-way 3rd, a 20/1 each-way 4th (finishing just a neck outside the places) and two finishing down the field in Newbury’s Spring Cup. It’s unusual to have a selection up on a fairly mundane Monday afternoon, but one of the more interesting selections of the day was withdrawn and runs today instead. The theory is the very same as it was on Saturday:
Super Julius really caught my eye finishing 5th at Navan last time out. He was dropped 2 pounds for that start to 62. On his handicap debut, this horse was rated 88, and his rating has been in the 80’s a few times since. His last two wins were off 77 and 82, and he looked like he was finding form again last time, so it’s reasonable to think that he could now be a few steps ahead of the handicapper. His 2 wins in England for his old yard were his first two starts with cheekpieces, which he then wore for 9 of his next 11 starts but hasn’t worn on his 4 starts so far for his new connections. He dons them again today for the first time, and is running over 5f, his optimum trip, on good ground which will suit. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him put in a massive run.
He’s a bit shorter today than he would have been on Saturday but I still think that he’s worth a bet at the prices.
5:20 Pontefract – Super Julius 2pt win 7/2 (general)