For all of Lingfield's relatively short home straight on Thursday I was just waiting for Oisin Murphy to breeze into the lead and land our nap, with Foinix.
Sadly the horse hadn't read the script and showed a disappointing lack of late oomph, narrowly going down by a nose and half-a-length. We happily live to fight another day of course, and Friday looks very interesting - if the weather behaves itself.
I'm going to Dundalk, and its Polytrack all-weather surface, for our Friday nap. Makes a nice change - and an opportunity to team up with one of the very best jockeys in Ireland.
Collective Power is an experienced 6-yr-old sprinter trained by Edward Lynam and ridden by the brilliant Billy Lee - his only booked mount on the card.
The gelding races at mainly 5f and 6f, and on Friday it's at the minimum trip he bids to score. He's a course-and-distance winner, which is encouraging, and the booking of Billy is a big plus too, who's won on him previously.
Declan McDonogh and Colin Keane have been his last two jockeys so it's only the very best, evidently. for this fella. The handicapper's dropped him a pound to a mark of 81, and he's very consistent.
He's by Slade Power, the Diamond Jubilee and July Cup hero, and the family have enjoyed conspicuous success in Ireland and over here. I'm hoping that Billy can work the oracle - these grand sprinters win in their turn and in this small field there shouldn't hopefully be any hard luck stories in-running.
It's tricky to fathom looking at recent efforts whether 5f or 6f is his optimum - very much depends I suspect on how the cards are dealt - but I'm hoping there's a good pace to aim at (courtesy of Maggie McGrath perhaps). Smashing little puzzle.
Nap of the Day from Betfred Insights.