Today’s Fortune for a fiver
3 £1 doubles & £1 ew treble
Bonny Houxty 2.20 @ 9/2
Custard The dragon 7.00 @ 10/1
Tigray 5.30 @ 15/8
No advice from Navan
Selected Exeter- soft ground on this undulating , galloping and stiff track
2.00 Both Jitterbug and Éclair Surf bring useful form to the table but both carry the dreaded penalty which makes the Paul Nicholls youngster , Young Buck of interest . He runs in the same colours of the legendary and ultra prolific Big Bucks , and connections would be delighted if he just won half their superstar’s tally . He won his Irish point well and was sold for £150,000 ! The stable is in terrific form and has won this race twice from just two runners.
½ pt win Young Buck @ 11/4
3.00 Ballybreen has really taken off of late and after a shock all the way win in the Hereford mud, he has impressed wining two subsequent races , showing great determination in the finish . He’s going to be front rank again today and has a C&D win on soft ground on his CV .He has another 5 pound penalty to overcome , but this likeable type wont be failing for the want of trying .
½ pt win Ballybreen @ 3/1
4.00 PREMIUM RACE
Selected Newcastle0 very soft ground on this stiff and galloping track
2.20 A very weak opener and a very short priced fav in Mato Star at 1/3 , and does bring the best form to the table , but I’m really happy to take him on as he recently returned from an absence of over two years with a fluent win at Ayr , but second race back is the acid test for long time absentees and statistically, they don’t hold their form in subsequent races , this is called “Bouncing “ and a further worry is that all of his good runs have come on flat , speedy tracks, totally unlike today .Bonny Houxty fell in all 3 points, but was never a longshot and after a modest start to her hurdling career at Hexham, stepped up considerably with an excellent 3rd at Carlisle in the mud at around this trip , when a 250/1 shot ! She wont be anything like that today and could upset the fav.
½ p tew Bonny houxty @ 9/2
2.50 Seapoint has run two big races here of late and despite a hefty penalty is a youngster on the up and fair odds for the double .
½ pt win Seapoint @ 3/1
3.20 PREMIUM RACE
3.50 Bingo D’Olivate was desperately unlucky to lose his latest race in the Stewards room and despite this being a weak heat he has been nudged up to an uncomfortable mark /
4.20 The likeable Haul Us In got loose in the Uttoxeter mud, coming home by a long old way, but predictably struggled next time under a hefty penalty , and expect similar today against three in form rivals difficult to split.
Selected Southwell- all weather – fibresand
5.00 Moveonup is in terrific form and runs this C&D so well . he comes into this onth back of a narrow defeat by another In form track regular in Red Stripes , and while both are penalised 3 pounds , they are unlikely to be far away. Hard to see Global Humor landing this under a penalty and dropping in trip but both Augustus Caesar and Six strings have track form making them a dangerous pair.
¼ pt ew Red stripes @ 13/2
5.30 Tigray was a ready winner of a handicap over C&d a few starts back and comes into this seller on the back of another good run again in a handicap over C&D. Looks a good bet at the odds.
¾ pt win Tigray @ 15/8
6.00 I was very much with Going Native here last time and she sluiced in at good odds. The penalty will test , but she has run well over C&D off around this mark before , and she has found a soft race to nail the double .
¾ pt win Going Native @ evens
6.30 Parallel World is only lightly raced and is 2 from 2 here in maidens and on a fair mark in his first handicap, but the longer trip is a worry . Zeyzoun has little chance but the other tree all have clear claims .
7.00 Cape Greco did well here last time , but the drop in trip wont help .Custard The dragon has 7 C&d wins on his Cv , the latest coming just 3 starts back when getting the better of Glory Of Paris, but runs before that race and since have not been good, but as this is winnable , and the odds are right, well worth a nice play .
½ pt win Custard The dragon @ 10/1
7.30 I was with Puchita when she finally broke her duck, doing so over C&D, but the hefty 5 pound hit doesn’t help . The hat-trick seeking Star cracker has it to prove on the surface so I’m with the consistent if frustrating Jem Scuttle. Rarely far away, including recently over C&D, but winning so tough .
¼ pt win Jem scuttle @ 9/4