There's three shorter on my tissue than the market.
Red Merlin, Cool Macavity and Hawk High - who I put much closer to Katgary but who is very weak this morning.
Probably a poor tissue, but I'll play all three.
Dutch 13pts across the three and add 2pts in total on a combination forecast.
Hawk High was worryingly weak. Nice start. 44pts back.
Competitive race. Unusually I'm attracted to the front of the market. I followed Uxizandre last year and can't see a reason to desert now. Conquisto is very well treated on last year's win, if still OK. Doubts about all the rest at the prices. There's no obvious value and I shouldn't really play.
Dutch 12pts Uxizandre and Conquisto.
Uxizandre was amazingly well backed, considering this turned out to be a blow-out! (McCoy going to Chepstow instead a rather large clue I overlooked.) Wasted another point on a drifting Conquisto late on.
Days of Heaven very short. They must like him a lot. Not least because the stable's second string looks as good on actual form so far. The price discrepancy between the two seems overdone.
6pts ew Hunters Hoof at 9/1.
Now you're talking. Backed from 9s to 4s. Wasted a point on Jack's Last Hope late on (which looked sensible as they jumped the last). 76 points back.
1pt treble Red Merlin, Uixandre and Hunters Hoof.
Well, that's a nice start to the season!
Out 69 points
In 181 points.