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Issue 342 – Jodie’s Jottings
Finally, not only do we have Glorious Goodwood starting next week but we also have the Galway Festival, and on Wednesday they stage the Galway Plate.
Last year my selection was Ash Tree Meadow who ran a hugely commendable race to finish fourth as a novice having only his fifth start over fences. He’s going to be my selection once again.
Last season, he had been on the go from the previous November with only a short break between February and April, but this year we’ve only seen him twice since October, neither time over fences.
He was declared for the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse in April but was a non-runner due to being lame. However, he made a belated start to his campaign over hurdles at Punchestown in June where he nearly made every yard a winning one but was denied on the line by the evens favourite, Da Capo Glory, who has since run a good race in Graded company at Tipperary.
He then had a spin on the Flat over an extended 1m 3f at Roscommon and finished strongly in third, beaten only a length by Glan having been hampered between runners in the dying strides.
Ash Tree Meadow is a tough, genuine sort and he’s only 1lb higher than when finishing seven lengths adrift of Hewick here 12 months ago. Then a six-year-old, there’s every reason to suggest he’ll be even better with another year of strengthening under his belt and I’d rather be with him than against him.
A handy horse, which is always a bonus around here, he’s also a smart jumper and it’ll be interesting to see if Gordon Elliott takes some weight off his back with one of his good claimers. Whether he does or not, he’ll be carrying my money at odds of 14/1.
The Sleeper Section
Marten’s specially noted horses! Look out for a few dark ones, a few unexposed ones and a few unraced ones.
The Premier List
Marten’s horses to follow for the season.
The Ante-Post Agenda
Weekly update and continuity of mention on horses that Marten believes may warrant ante-post interest.
Under The Radar
Observations, sometime controversial, from Marten and Jodie. Strange rides, non-racing betting opportunities and more.
The Weekend Action
Thoughts on the big-race action at the weekend, together with horses that have caught Marten’s eye elsewhere.
Latest news and entries for horses previously featured and discussed in our range of books and publications.
Ian Carnaby’s Weekend News
Thoughts, comment, opinion and racing memories from Ian Carnaby. A long-established member of our team.
Specialist in following the point-to-point horses as they transition and run under rules, Jodie Standing also shared her insights and predictions for the weekend.
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