After winning the individual jumping on Saturday, Karl Geiger also wins the jumping on Sunday. Geiger thus keeps the yellow jersey of the World Cup leader. The other German jumpers missed the top 10.
Karl Geiger has proven his top class with the first double victory of a German ski jumper in almost five years. One day after his first victory of the season, the vice world champion also won the second competition in Val di Fiemme ahead of Stefan Kraft (Austria). The last two DSV victories in a row were achieved by former world champion Severin Freund in March 2015 in Oslo.
Geiger flew on the rarely used normal hill at 107.0 m and 103.5 m, with 285.2 points he was the equivalent of two and a half metres ahead of Kraft (280.5) and extended his lead in the overall World Cup. Third was tour triumphant Dawid Kubacki from Poland (278.2). Even a messed up landing in the first run, when he stayed only half a meter below the 17-year-old hill record, could not stop Geiger.
In the overall World Cup, Geiger is ahead of Kraft (699) with 819 points and the Japanese Ryoyu Kobayashi (655), who did not manage to get past 25th place on Sunday.
Stephan Leyhe (Willingen) in 13th and Pius Paschke (Kiefersfelden) in 18th place, however, fell short of expectations. Youngster Luca Roth (Meßstetten) scored one more World Cup point in 30th place. Constantin Schmid (Oberaudorf), who had celebrated the best result of his career on Saturday in fifth place, missed the second run in 34th place, as did Martin Hamann (Aue/41st).
Not long until the flat season proper kicks off now, with Saturday’s Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster being the traditional curtain raiser. I’ll stick to the flat for the best bets from Thursdays cards, with a couple in the novice contests catching the eye in addition to a rapidly improving filly on Chelmsford’s card.
Wolverhampton 5:25 Brockey Rise @ 15/2 with BetVictor
The most interesting runner here is Ed Walker’s Global Excel on handicap debut. Whilst the booking of Silvestre De Sousa certainly catches the eye, he looks far from thrown in off a mark of 69 on what he has shown to date. He may well improve dramatically for this step down in trip and switch to handicapping, but he will need to. Having been made favourite for this he is there to be taken on.
The one to side with is course and distance winner Brockey Rise. It wasn’t a great race that this one won last time out over this track and trip, but it nevertheless continued his sequence of improved performances of late. Rated 70 in his juvenile days, he gets in at the foot of the weights here on a mark of 61.
He will need to improve for that win 27 days ago, but he was notably strong at the line that day, and looks to have been overlooked a little in the market for David Evans. (www.zakłady-bukmacherskie.com)
Chelmsford 7:45 Jaalboot @ 10/1 with BetVictor
Things haven’t quite gone to plan for the £130,000 purchase Jaalboot. So much so that he has subsequently been sold and shipped from the Owen Burrows yard to that of Mark Johnston. I am perfectly happy to forgive his two runs to date though. Firstly he was only beaten seven lengths on debut at Wolverhampton, despite losing at least that when blowing the start. Next time he did pretty well to only go down by 3¾l at Brighton considering he appeared to be all at sea on the good to firm going that day. Looking back at his debut run his action certainly seems far more suited to synthetics. Having also been gelded since last being seen at the track 254 days ago it would be no surprise should he put up a much improved display here. There’s always the chance he may just need this outing but at the price he’s still worth chancing.
Chelmsford 8:15 Good Business @ 2/1 with LVBet
My final bet of the day comes in this handicap contest for the fillies from LVBet. Temeraire will likely give it a good go from the front, whilst Mythical Spirit won nicely over course and distance last time out. Not quite so nicely as the Henry Spiller runner, Good Business though. This daughter of Dutch Art has shown marked improvement this term, winning both of her starts in 2018, both times over this course and distance, and looking to have plenty left in the tank on each occasion. She is up 7lbs for that latest success, but with Spiller calling on the services of capable 5lb claimer, William Cox, she is effectively only 2lbs higher for a three-length success and looks well in.