Selected Leopardstown – good to soft on this flat and galloping track
12.55 A massive field for this valuable mares handicap but the ones I have my eye both have their first tries in handicaps. Jeremys Flame has done nothing wrong this season with 3 seconds all in Graded company , every time running to her mark of 136 . Today’s slightly longer trip looks a smart move and of course handicaps are an easier option . The only concern is that this is her first try in a big field. Black tears is another who usually keeps smart company and ran to around this mark when 2nd at this trip behind the prolific Stormy Ireland . The vast majority of the field are exposed and both of the tips have to be contenders down in grade .
1/ 2 pt ew Jeremys Flame @ 11/2 ¼ pt ew Black tears @ 20/1 – small rev fc too
1.25 Aspire Tower was a pretty good handicapper on the flat rated 86 , but has looked something special in two hurdles runs , both times winning by long old ways , and also making the running . He brings the best form to the table and had a number of these well behind last time over C&d . He is the worthy fav for the Triumph Hurdle and should take this en route to running a big race at Cheltenham , but at 4/9 happy to watch and hard to be sure about an ew alternative .
1.55 All of these novices have winning form this season and it looks to revolve around the 4 timer seeking Easywork and recent winner Mt Leinster who have crossed swords before and the former came out best ,but not by far. Asterion forlonge runs in the colours of Gold Cup here Al Boom Photo and is 3 from 3 , running to a good level and could be anything , but hard to be sure in this and the odds offer no value.
2.30 PREMIUM RACE
3.00 Joint favs in this Grade 1 chase for novices in former Champion Hurdler Faugheen , who was seriously looking past his best but has been rekindled by the switch to fences and comes into this 2 from 2 over fences and brings he best form to the table. He’s been front running and his market rival , the prolific Battleofdoyen also likes to take the race by the scruff of the neck so there is a danger of the two favs spoiling their chances taking each other on but they both stay very well and this looks a fascinating duel and again I’m happy to watch .
3.30 The irish Gold cup and the fav is the highest rated in the field in Kemboy who was 4 from 5 last season, the only defeat came at Cheltenham when losing his jockey early . In his comeback spin he tried to make all but his jumping was far from perfect and did remarkably well to be beaten just 4 lengths by Delta Work with the useful Presenting Paddy breathing down his neck . Kemboy is most unlikely to have an easy ride up front today with a host of front runners which is very much in the favour of the classy and prolific tip who is 2 from 3 over C&d .
¾ pt win Delta Work @ 11/4
4.00 PREMIUM RACE
Selected Musselburgh – good to soft on this flat and galloping track
1.15 All of track specialist, I’m too generous and exit to Nowhere can front run so none have an ideal race make up . Stop The world is rarely far away and just about worth a bet off a good mark and with ground and trip to suit.
¼ pt win Stop The World @ 2/1
1.45 Goa Lil stepped up on all previous with an all the way win in the Kempton mud beating a pair of useful types but may well not be able to lead today as Thyme waite had him behind when he tried to make all also at Kempton , running a fair race . Group Stage cannot be ruled out and newcomer Anna burnina was prolific on the flat and was sold for £52,000 to commence a career over hurdles, but would do well to feature returning from a break first time over timber , El Picador’three runs have come here , which count for plenty and the likely strong pace will help his strong and willing finish.
¼ pt ew El Picador @ 10/1
2.15 A good quality novice hurdle and we can’t be sure at all how good all of these are , especially Wild Max who is 2 from 2 . Fred was looking the type easy to take on but got it right good style last time and that could be a turning point. Construct was a decent type on the flat for Ralph Beckett and has done nothing wrong over hurdles as he’s 2 from 2 and worth a dabble at nice odds.
¼ pt ew Construct @ 10/1
2.50 Saint Xavier looked good winning at this trip last time at Kempton on similar ground and this looks a formality with IK Brunel having stamina doubts.
¾ pt win Saint Xavier @ 10/1
3.20 Top Southern trainer Paul Nicholls has a terrific record here and had 3 winners here yesterday . He runs highland hunter who is a new addition to his team and races very much as this longer trip will suit and will be hard to beat.
½ pt win Highland Hunter@ 6/4
Seleced Taunton- soft ground on this flat and sharp track
1.35 Brewers prospect did well a Newbury last time giving very much the impression this longer trip will suit, but that was his first run after a long break , so could be the fragile type and not for me at odds on. Northofthewall has decent winning form but carries a penalty and a question mark at this trip on soft ground. The lightly raced Royal Crown races for a top stable and did well on his hurdles debut , another who looked like a longer trip was needed . Worth a dabble at the odds.
¼ pt win Royal crown @ 5/1
2.40 This is very weak and despite Oxwich Bay being called a fw choice names of late, his overall form makes him the one to beat.
¼ pt win Oxwich Bay @ 9/2
3.40 PREMIUM RACE
4.10 The hat-trick seeking Tactical Manouevre comes here on the back of a good win over C&d in the mud in a big field just getting the better of Neetside with Mr magill not far away in 3rd and as this one is the best in at the weights today, could come out best.
¼ pt ew Mr Magill @ 6/1