A PARTNERSHIP flagged up in these articles weeks ago, and has continued on their early season success, is James Reveley riding for his father Keith.
They have had a fantastic season, with both showing a profit to level stakes, and they will be keen to build on this as we enter the closing stages of the season.
The partnership has some very good chances on Wednesday when James once more takes the leg up at Haydock. Their best chance is recent winner CATEGORICAL who will be looking to build on his good win at Newcastle two weeks ago. He won a 2m 4f handicap race on soft ground last time and has the same distance, and most likely similar conditions, to last time as well. The third in the race Blackpool Billy was backed off the boards when running at Kelso Monday, and disappointed when refusing at the third, but the support in the betting suggests the form in the book is a positive.
They also team up in the last, with the progressive CROWNING JEWEL in the bumper. He sets a good standard when fourth on debut and followed that up with a resilient second on very soft ground next time out. With further improvement expected, he should run a very big race indeed.
Another profitable trainer to follow last year was Mick Channon, especially in his running of two year olds, was in particular very warm. Although not a two year old, but still a maiden, he sends out SPRING BOUQUET Thursday at Kempton Park. The filly has had two outings to date thus, finishing a green fifth, staying on over the 6f trip. She followed that up with a game second when 20/1 behind a Hanagan/Fahey even money favourite over 7f and is clearly improving with every run. Four horses behind her in the field went on to remove their maiden tag, and I expect Spring Bouquet to do likewise in the 6.10.
One of the shrewdest trainers in racing is Mick Easterby, and his placing of runners is up there with the great Sir Mark Prescott, so a runner at Carlisle on Thursday is of much interest. His runner is LIGHTENING ROD in the 2.50 novices chase. Lightening Rod has had four runs this season and credit can be taken from each of his respective runs. On his seasonal reappearance the lack of fitness was evident and he was pulled up four out. That was followed up by a bumper for jumpers win at Southwell during the cold weather snap, winning with relative ease. He then fell at the last when going well, before another recent second. He is very game and very consistent and form has been backed up by wins from other runs in all races, and has to be respected.
Categorical 4.25 Haydock Wednesday (NAP)
Crowning Jewel 5.40 Haydock Wednesday
Lightening Rod 2.50 Carlisle Thursday (NB)
Spring Bouquet 6.50 Kempton Thursday