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‘Dragons’ worth investment

Published: 
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Mother Of Dragons, unlucky five days ago over six furlongs of Chelmsford polytrack, drops back to the minimum trip for another Nursery Handicap at the Essex course today; apprentice Nicola Currie again reduces the burden of Phil McEntee’s charge by 7lbs and that’s a good reason to back this consistent, hitherto luckless Society Rock filly, surprisingly still a ten-race maiden!

Approaching the final furlong Nicola drove Mother Of Dragons up the inner of leader Tiger Lyon only to be squeezed out as Adam Kirby obviously took issue with the manoeuvre; it was necessary to switch, the pacemaker inevitably faded but Dougie Costello-ridden, Swissal, came through and beat our 8/1 each-way selection just over a length. A winner without a penalty?

Costello’s mount, Magic Pulse, successful over course and distance three weeks ago, having been transferred from Ann Duffield’s yard to that of ‘sprint specialist’ David Griffiths, will doubtless be ‘on the premises’ but has been raised by the handicapper.

If weight means anything and, unbelievably, plenty think it is not a vital factor, despite evidence over centuries, Mother Of Dragons will finally get off the mark, advantaged by the claim and skill of Nicola Currie. We intend keeping a close eye on her handicap rides.

‘Eleven grand’ is on offer for the following Novice Stakes over six furlongs which represents an excellent opportunity for William Haggas-trained Red Cymbal to supplement recent course and distance gains; ‘crack’ stable apprentice, Georgia Cox, offsets a penalty with 3lbs allowance.

On the time-handicap Red Cymbal is undoubtedly a ‘special’ and so if Mother Of Dragons supplies momentum (of winnings!) let your bookie know you have been.

December has long been a ‘favourite’ since all-weather racing began in 1989; no other racing writer specialises with AWR but, there again, few understand and appreciate the unique situation, preferring to guess by betting on National Hunt (jumping!) which is difficult given innacurate times, printed in the Racing Post are helping bookies become even richer.

This expensive United Kingdom trade paper leaves a lot to be desired with misinformation and pointless, laborious, features; as if trainers/jockeys are going to volunteer useful info for punters, the last people on their minds! Stick with my daily patent and enjoy consistent success!