Well it may have been a bit of beginners luck last week but I can feel somewhat happy to have picked two winners and two second placings from my five picks, although my outsider bet is probably still running.
Ypsillon Boko certainly put us up with his 14.22e first up and Timoko’s last gasp win, even at even odds (4.00e) still returned a profit for the week. We wagered 10 Euros and won back 18.22 so we go into week two at a profit of 8.22e.
This week is the quietest week of the year for handicappers, in terms of major races in either France or Sweden, the main race of the weekend being in Finland, the St Leger, which we don’t have access to for handicapping purpose.
So I thought we’d look at the V75 at Romme, Sweden on Saturday.
Remember you have to pick the winners of 5,6 or 7 races to collect.
One of the races is for coldblood horses and I usually just take the favourites in that, but I’ve run the rule over the "warmblood" trotters.
You’ll need to sort out a couple of anchors, and a race or two with just two or three horses, so here are the ones I think you should have in your combinations.
V75-1 Silverdivision 2640m : Cando Hall (6), Allballakaitox (3) and Thai Goldie (4) could all be thrown into the mix, while the two that should definitely be on your ticket are the favoured Aga Khan Boko (2), and Overtaker (7) by Sib. For an anchor go for Aga Khan Boko, a former placegetter in the TravDerby is the favourite has the great draw and top driver Jorma Kontio on board. He’s been racing and winning in Finland recently, and ran an encouraging second last start in Sweden for trainer Timo Nimos will also be due a bit of luck after the fire at his barn this week.
V75-2 Klass I 2140m: Always a tough division to pick and if you want to go wide here in form Navaronne (12) and Harvey Tornado (5), Antagonista (9)and Viktor på Knecken (3) should be kept safe in combinations, but if you were to want to keep your picks down Kaiser Broline (2) will have Ake Svanstedt in the cart, and he will be highly motivated to win on one of his last starts in his homeland and from the 2 hole gets my nod.
V75-3 Mares 2140m: The mares race is a real toughie with Parodie (4), Captivating As (6) and Jumble As (5) and Recation (7) all with good claims but this is one in which I think one for the wider odds has a chance here, so I’m going with Princess Wine (2) off the good draw.
V75-4 Klass II 1640m: The V75 is just great racing, and that is its secret, with so many races having genuine chances,and there are plenty in this with a claim although Vasterbo Wallet (5), Ground Proximity (3), MT Havana Girl (4) and Eloise (6) and Rite Passion (7) all have to be included in combinations. And for an outsider throw Lucky Luke Zenz (9), a product of the mighty Boko stables.
V75-5 Dubbelcupen Final (Coldbloods) 2140m: The favourites are Nordsjo Douglas (3), Hulte Magnus (13) and Rino Dox (14). I know nothing more.
V75-6 Bronze division 2140m: Another with plenty of chances with Rico Follo (4), Open Mind Bi (2), Long Night (11) and Bret Boko (3), all with plenty going for them. But I think Laurier Dag (10) with Johnny Takter is a good bet, and maybe even an anchor.
V75-7 Gold division 1640m: This is the feature race and one from which Pastor Stephen was scratched. It’s a tough race to pick, you should make sure Miss Sue V (1), Monster Drive (11), Friction (3) and True Advantage (9) are included on your V75 card. But it is also one where I think an outsider has a chance, and this is an old favourite of mine, who incidentally has raced in the United States, and returned to the winner’s circle recently. Reven d’Amour (5) won the European 3YO championships a few years ago and a win here would certainly make a worthwhile collect, either in the V75 or as a stand alone wager.