Eric's Weekly Round Up: The Lacemaker 100/30 + Walk On Walter 16/1 + £43.75 F/C

Thursday, 30 October 2014


This is the only sprint apart from one nursery which at this time of year have quite a few three-year-olds engaged. Boom The Groom hasn't shown much ability since its first win at two when racing on good-to-firm ground. I'm hoping the ground will be good but I doubt it will dry out in time for this horse to show its best. Evening Attire has three runs all over seven furlongs but its times have been relatively slow even though it has led in one contest, so a watching brief. 

Fiftyshadesofgrey  has produced only slow times over this distance. It's quite a versatile horse with a mix  of running styles. It has been held up in its last three races proving successful with two wins and one second. Red Pike has won with cut in the ground [and without] but doesn't look as though good to firm ground will suit. It won a class four race on good-to-soft going and was raised to class two without success and dropped to class three here to try to get back in the winner's circle. Diamond Lady achieved a fast time at Lingfield on good-to-firm going but I would be worried for it if the ground becomes more testing. The two times it ran on good ground it wasn't up to its usual mark. After winning a maiden race it was aimed at Group class without success. Since then, it has run from class two to four where it gained victory. This step up to class three may be too much. Apache Storm won by three lengths plus last time out over this distance but that was at Kempton. If converting that form to grass it could run a big race. 

SUMMARY: The going will be key. If it was good to firm I would probably go with Diamond Lady but if the ground is testing it may struggle. On good to soft going the selection has to be RED PIKE. I've no idea what the betting will be but I'm hoping this might be worth a wager. 

Red Pike 5/6 1st