Sedgefield raced a bit unevenly yesterday and I wasn’t happy with the track. It was heavily watered but only in places and it changed as it dried out during the meeting. It favoured the chasers early and the leaders late. Both Shining Romeo and Man Look ran poor races but we will keep them in the notebook as I think the meeting can be ignored. Man Look was second but did not like the ground and could not pick up on it.
Friday 1st September
The flat racing looks very tricky today so we are staying with the jumps at Bangor. The going is good and despite small fields there are some good races.
The 2.35 is a maiden hurdle and Alan King looks to have found a good opportunity for Saint Contest. This horse looked OK late last year when running in a couple of hurdles races and placed both times. He was just a little short of stamina on the run-in but has been given time to mature. The two flat runs looked like they were designed to get him for this and he is preferred to some of the more exposed opposition. The newcomers are expected to need the experience and Saint Contest looks like a potential 120 hurdler to me. The trainer has been able to judge his horses fitness perfectly recently and King will probably try to pick up this maiden and then plot a campaign for the autumn with Saint Contest.
2.35pm, Saint Contest, 1.50 Points Win at 3.50 BOG Skybet, 3.25 Various.