I've got the punting equivalent of long Covid.
After crying myself to sleep most nights re-living Aye Right being chased down in the shadow of the line and Politologue getting chinned to deprive me of a double two weeks ago, I think things are improving.
I've isolated myself from betting all week and found one to go large on today to purge the system.
Native River is as stubborn a horse and you are ever likely to encounter. He runs in race three at Sandown (00:20AEST) and I expect him to lead from the start and refuse to let anything get past.
Yala Enki - who won as one half of a losing double a few weeks ago - opposes and will probably employ similar tactics but I think the River will have too much class for him, even in the swamp-like track conditions.
Bristol De Mai will also like it moist but his best form is at other tracks. Santini is an enigma and anyone backing him at odds shorter than 10/1 needs their head checked.
If either of the other two win it’s time to go back to getting on the first favourite at Lingfield.