Found fi­nally de­liv­ered for me

Ben Mor­gan roared home a de­served Arc suc­cess for the Ai­dan O’Brien star

Racing Ahead - - AMATEUR PUNTER -

As a punter you don’t ex­pe­ri­ence a higher feel­ing of sat­is­fac­tion than see­ing one you’ve fan­cied for a long time romp home in the Arc. Trav­el­ling near the back for most of the way, Found floated through the pack seam­lessly around the home bend to sit just off the lead­ers.

Ooz­ing con­fi­dence,Ryan Moore kicked her on plenty soon enough but she wasn’t for stop­ping, bound­ing to the line to gain the vic­tory her ca­reer has been geared around. A su­per con­sis­tent filly who ex­udes class, much like her con­nec­tions.

She prob­a­bly owed me this one as I have backed her all through her ca­reer which has in­cluded a lot of near misses,but that made vic­tory all the more sweeter. She has won or been placed in 17 of her 19 races so far, at Group 1 level more of­ten than not, which is a feat I’m sure won’t be re­peated all too of­ten.

My £20 e/w bet on Found was al­ways go­ing to be the high­light of the day, but even more so as some of my other fan­cies let me down. Dabyah was per­haps a bit too free early on and couldn’t quite fin­ish the race off and So Mi Dar was in­volved in a mud­dling race where she couldn’t quite reel them in late on. I’m sure there are bet­ter days to be had with both of these fil­lies, es­pe­cially So Mi Dar who could be a world beater next year.

Mecca’s An­gel per­haps didn’t get the cover she would have wanted early on in the Ab­baye but still ran a re­spectable third.I wasn’t to­tally dis­con­so­late with the re­sult as the victor, Mar­sha, seems to be held by the for­mer’s sta­ble mate, (and favourite of mine) Eas­ton An­gel, who I be­lieve will be a star next year.

As much as I love the Flat,jumps rac­ing is my real pas­sion. I have been brought up on the doorstep of Lud­low race­course and at­tended meets with my Dad since a young age and we are also reg­u­lar vis­i­tors to Chel­tenham.

Nor­mally, I don’t tend to get too heav­ily in­volved at this stage of the sea­son but I was tempted into a cou­ple of bets over the week­end at Chep­stow. I struck a £10 win bet on Clan Des Obeaux who has chaser writ­ten all over him and he put in a foot per­fect round of jump­ing but seemed to blow up af­ter the last and didn’t quite fin­ish off his race. This is a com­mon trait among Ni­cholls’ string, they will al­ways come on a bun­dle af­ter their first run.This one will be there or there­abouts next time out. His four-year-old weight al­lowance, plus his abun­dance of class,could prove a win­ning recipe this year.

My banker of that week­end though,was Bal­ly­op­tic.He was an im­pres­sive win­ner of the Sefton at Ain­tree in the spring where he ac­counted for Bell­shill with the pair pulling 13 lengths clear of the third placed horse, main­tain­ing his un­beaten record for Nigel Twis­ton-Davies. With this in mind,how he was al­lowed to start at 8/1 on the Satur­day morn­ing for the SIl­ver Tro­phy hand­i­cap hur­dle is be­yond me. A £20 e/w bet was swiftly struck and it never looked in any doubt, Ryan Hatch kept it sim­ple and put the race to bed af­ter he popped the last. The West York­shire Hur­dle is now on the agenda and I will be sur­prised if he isn’t in the first three in the World Hur­dle in March.

Mean­while,over at New­mar­ket,a horse for the note­books next year, Kas­sia, was thrust­ing home at 15/2 (£10 win) to cap off a very good year for her.Mick Chan­non de­serves great credit for the way he has cam­paigned this filly and she looks sure to im­prove for an­other win­ter and could step

Garde La Vic­toire

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