Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Return of the Champion

The 100th recommendation was a good one with Barcelona emphatically winning the corner match-up 10-3 against Almeira. This brings my strike rate to 87% for the first 100 recommendations which is satisfying overall as my target at the start was to be slightly above the 90% mark. 87% isn't bad and out of the 13 ones that I got wrong, there are certainly 4 or 5 that I could have used better judgement. Anyway, there are certainly positive things that I have learnt from some of the mistakes, and hopefully I'll be applying them to good use with the upcoming predictions.

It seems for the Copa del Rey, we are heading for a juicy Barcelona v/s Real Madrid final, after both won the first-leg semi-finals. Who's to complain? That's the best rivalry in football today, and the more match-ups we can get of those 2 teams, the better for the show.

On Thursday, Meydan is the centre of attention with the 3rd round of the Carnival. I like Clearly Silver in the second race. This de Kock gelding was staying on for 3rd in a 7-furlong race a fortnight ago. He is more typically a sprinter, and as long as he takes to the blinkers, he should be in the whereabouts. I recommend him as a Place.

Irish Flame is the horse everyone will be having their eyes on in the 17:45 Group 2 race. The South African horse of the year will be making his seasonal debut at distance that will be on the short side for him. From the trainer's mouth, "he will run well but we’re not expecting him to win.” as Irish Flame is obviously being targetted for the Schema Classic. Given that the field consists mainly of exposed runners, his class should be enough to see him through among the finishers. He might not win as his trainer indicated, but a top 3 finish should be within his compass; so I recommend him as a Place.

Place: Clearly Silver, Irish Flame

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