Early Bird – 23rd April

Saturday was an extremely frustrating day having been confident on several selections it just didn’t pan out that way! Chesterfield was a touch unlucky having made a bad mistake early I think it cost him victory ending up not beaten far in third. Closest though was Sky Khan who was run out of it having been as high as 28/1 pre race. Landed the e/w part but close to being so different. That is racing for you though, just have to put it in the past and look to the future which I am doing here.

3:10 pontefract – Show Palace

A significant rise in class but hard to ignore a horse whose form figures read 111101311711 when racing over 5f on good to soft or softer as is the case with Show Palace. Having its first run of the season but it looks like the ground may be coming up right and the yard has been in decent form. Like Tom Segal I’m not going to get too cut up about the draw these days though I don;t envisage any problems from stall 5. If its fit then it can run a good race.

0.75pt e/w Show Palace @ 12/1 Ladbrokes and Coral 1/5th odds 4 places