TRADING REPORT; TRADING POST.
Plenty left in Cabinet
RYAN MOORE was forced to pull out all the stops to land the gamble on the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Cabinet (backed into 6-4) in the 1m2f handicap at Nottingham yesterday. His in-running odds touched 50 at one stage, as Mark Johnston's Eradicate (matched at a low of 1.72) proved himself a stubborn hare, seeing off all-comers until Moore got the better of Joe Fanning's mount in the dying strides.
Cabinet will go up in the weights for this win, but it was a hard-fought victory and the inevitable hike up the weights won't be too damaging and I would back him to score in similar company next time out, as he raced a bit keenly and will more than likely improve for the run.
Curtain's surprising odds
CURTAIN CALL defied fitness concerns to destroy the opposition in the Intercasino Conditions Stakes at Nottingham over an extended 1m2f, and anyone who has backed him for Derby glory can dare to dream. I opposed him in Trading Post, firmly of the opinion that he would be short enough to lay without taking a huge hit in the pocket if things went pear-shaped. Things did go pear-shaped, the price was bigger (8-11) than I anticipated at the off and this was one of those cases when I was left kicking myself for not putting up a 'lay' guide price.
We move on, and Luca Cumani's Derbywinning credentials mean Curtain Call is now a legitimate contender for the Epsom Classic, though the current 8.6 available on Betfair is still too short (9.2 to lay), in my opinion, with stronger Derby trials just around the corner.