If you have any horses in your tracker over the next few days, then I suggest it’s pertinent to check connections pack their flippers and snorkel when setting off for the races, as a band of heavy rain is due across the country over the next two days.
The likes of Goodwood, Haydock and the Curragh could all be holding meetings on ground best described as heavy to sploshy! Let’s hope all meetings survive the deluge, as we have a brilliant weekend in store, in particular the Irish Guineas weekend at the Curragh.
One horse who will undoubtedly love the soft under-hoof conditions this evening, is Jim Boyle’s fledgling stayer Going Gone, who is a cracking each-way bet at 13/2 generally to win the Casumo Horse Racing & Sports Betting Handicap at Sandown Park at 5.55. It probably won’t be bottomless at the Esher venue, but it will certainly be a test.
Making his handicap debut stepping up in trip to 1m6f on ground with some give in it, on a track that can examine a horse’s ability to maintain a gallop, is all going to be very much in the favour of Going Gone.
Watching back his three novice or maiden runs, and if taken individually, they all would have meant that Going Gone had found his way into my notebook, as a horse to follow when upped in trip and into handicap company.
His racecourse debut came as a two-year-old at Goodwood last backend on heavy ground and over 1m1f – a sure sign that his future would lie in the more stamina sapping contests available. Going Gone ran with real credit to chase home two horses now rated 91 and 88, that day.
Then put away for the winter and gelded, he has run twice as a three-year-old. Firstly, he was a creditable second to the now 91-rated Golden Flame at Bath, and then in a three-runner affair at Ascot last time out, he set out to make all and was only run down late by an improving rival.
Going Gone has hit the line hard on all three starts, and has a lovely opening rating of 80, and his price of 13/2 generally is surely on the large side. There are some progressive rivals lining up against him, and that is why the market has initially sided with horses from bigger yards.
But they might all have to give best to a horse destined to take in some nice staying contests this season, in the shape of Jim Boyle’s Going Gone in the Sandown Park 5.55 tonight.