Stat of the Day, 16th April 2013
A bit frustrating yesterday as our 12/1 pick, Choral Festival, was well backed into 8/1 and travelled really well into the race. Alas, when Willie Twiston-Davies asked her to pick up, she didn't find much at all, and was beaten a short head and a neck out of third. It was probably race fitness (or lack of) which told, and that was the danger. She's definitely a mare to keep onside throughout the Windsor season, as she absolutely loves it there, and is versatile as regards trip and ground.
The beach for us this afternoon, and a low grade handicap, the...
A trainer in white hot form just now is Roy Bowring. He's not one of the higher profile handlers by any stretch of the imagination, but he has his share of winners, many of them here at Southwell.
In the last couple of weeks, Bowring has run eleven horses. Five have won and another three have placed. Today, he saddles two: one in the maiden at 2.10 (Solarmaite, has a fair chance), and Xpres Maite here.
Xpres Maite is hardly a handicap plot, having had 91 runs under rules, and now being a ten year old. But he's a good old stick round here, and doesn't have much to find with the favourite on slighter better terms than when they last ran.
Add in the fact that he completely missed the break that day - which, in fairness, he can do - and it was a reasonably meritorious effort. Now, let's not get carried away: this is a low grade Class 6 event at Southwell. It won't take much winning, and Xpres Maite is proven under today's conditions and in form.
He's a general 7/1 shot, Best Odds Guaranteed, and that'll do for me.