The Occam Cup Form Guide
Dude and Pelling have taken the 100 / 1 odds on Hot Cars at the outset, this wager, according to the race experts, may have been a little hasty given that the Form Guide was still at the printers.
Form Guide to race 1: The Occam Cup.
Horse 1. Real Spooks in Hot Cars.
A late entrant some consider useful despite being out of the training paddock only two days ago and completely untested. The jockey, Clive, is known to have been gazing over the other horses’ form for quite some time before throwing his hat into the ring.
Occam’s rating negative 2.5
Outsider, the other three will have to fall over for it to win.
Horse 2: Ex-Spooks in Hot Cars.
There is a touch of Fine Cotton* about this thoroughbred. Word about the traps is that he is, or was known by another name but has since taken advice and switched camps. All Ex -Spooks had to do was jump the fence. The stewards, however, have yet to examine the colt for reported barbed-wire lacerations.
Occam’s rating negative 2
Might limp home. Not a winner.
Horse 3: Hot Cars.
A veteran runner flown from the UK. Race records are hazy but it’s known that under trainer Nave the mare contracted a mild case of foot rot but recovered well enough to win a few provincials. Word around stables is that the current trainer, Sanders, is using too much chaff in the feed and this might blow the mare’s weight out.
Occam’s rating negative 1
Solid performer. Will be tested.
Horse 4: Spooks
Looking for win number 38 to break Wynx’s record of 37-31-3-0. Known for some savagery at the gate, the stallion has lately assumed a more tranquil racing demeanour. Word is that his training paddock is adjacent to an overgrown acreage with some exotic grazing to be had along the fence line.
Occam’s rating zero.
Excellent chance. A previous winner in the 2017 Steganographic Stakes.