Today’s Fortune for a fiver – yesterday 3 winners and a close 2nd- Ouch !
3 £1 doubles & £1 ew treble
Maxed Out King 3.15 @ 4/1
Global Melody 3.45 @ 3/1
Paparazzi 6.45 @ 9/2
Selected Cheltenham – soft ground on this undulating , stiff and galloping track
1.30 PREMIUM RACE
2.10 PREMIUM RACE
2.50 PREMIUM RACE
3.30 The Champion Hurdle
A massive field and plenty with a chance but I’m not with the fav in Epatante who looked the real deal at Kempton winning his 4th race in5 starts for the top stable but significantly his only defeat was a hefty one , at this meeting last year , so may well not be a Cheltenham horse , but plenty on this field are proven on this unique and unforgiving track . Last year’s Triumph Hurdle winner Pentland Hills comes here on the back of a big run at Haydock on very deep ground , which wouldn’t have suited , going down in a 3 horse photo with Ballyandy and the incredible Cornerstone Lad , who will make his presence felt from the front and this C&D could well suit, so not one to discount despite the unfashionable stable Ireland is well represented but there are a couple of ,longshots likely to outrun their odds and I’m with the ever reliable Silver Streak, 3rd in this last year running to his mark and has had a much lighter season this time around. Gumball is not far behind the best of these at the ratings and goes well over C&D and on the ground and has to be worth a dabble too at most enhanced odds for his chance.
¼ pt ew each Silver Streak @ 25/1 ¼ pt ew Gumball @ 100/1 – why not , a small rev fc
4.10 The Mares Hurdle
Today’s odds on fav in Benie Des Dieux has won 8 of her last 9 and it should be a perfect 9 as the only defeat came In this race last year when falling at the last with the race in her pocket . Her main rival is the incredible Honeysuckle who is a perfect 8 from 8 but question marks today around this track . Roskana picked up the pieces last year getting the better of the front running Stormy Island and comes into this in top form . and even if she is only placed, you’d get more back than backing the fav .
½ pt ew Roksana @ 14/1
4.50 PREMIUM RACE
5.30 A very short priced fav in Willie Mullins’ carefully Selected who goes for the 4 timer and brings the best form to the table . He goes up markedly in trip but he stable know their horses well and are sure the further they go , the better he is . The home team have a couple of bang in form prominent racers InLord Du Mesnil whose winning spree came to a halt last time, but only just and racing off a mark of 147, but just a concern about the track . Springfield Fox was ultra impressive last time at Exeter making all in the mud off a mark of 137 and remains in the category of could be anything and worth a dabble to upset the fav.
¼ pt win Springfield Fox @ 13/2
Selected Southwell – all weather – fibresand
1.45 An odds on shot in Mukha Magic who goes for the C&D hat-trick and will be hard to beat but all of J Gaye, Cold Harbour, Gluttonforpunishment and Contingency Fee are proven over C&D and all In good form.
2.25 It wasn’t much of a race when De Bruyne Horse beat Mujassam over C&D so preference is for the well treated Bedtime Bella who is proven over C&D.
¼ pt win Bedtime Bella @ 10/3
3.05 Capla Spirit comes here on the back of two big runs here and from a good draw, they are unlikely to see where he’s gone .
¾ pt win Capla Spirit @ 10/11
3.45 After taking 33 races to get her head In front , Puchita suddenly comes here on a hat-trick but down in trip and up in the weights , would do very well to go in again, Clear preference is for the in form C&D specialist Global Melody , who looks the best bet on the card.
3/4pt win Global Melody @ 10/3
4.25 The ex-Irish Highland Dress ran well over C&D just a few days back and as long as this doesn’t come too early , compensation awaits.
½ pt win Highland Dress @ 2/1
5.00 Going Native is another who has taken off round here of late. She was fancied down in trip and ran better than I thought she would and has since won twice over C&D , both times by a long old way . This is not deep and could be up to the 7 pound hit considering her progress of late.
½ pt win Going Native @ 6/5
Selected Sedgefield – soft ground on this undulating and sharp track
1.55 Red Reminder beat a couple of decent ones over C&D a few starts back but struggled at Carlisle next time . Has a penalty to carry but a decent chance in just an ok race.
¼ pt ew Red Reminder @ 8/1
3.15 The front running veteran Maxed Out king comes here in great form and has a terrific make up for a front runner with nothing else likely to want to go on . He holds another in form track star in Roxyfet at these weights , but another big run from this strong finisher wouldn’t surprise Elixir was running all over them over C&d a few starts ago but took a late fall , but this weak finisher is nudged up the weight. All the way Max .
¾ p win Maxed Out king @ 4/1 ¼ pt rev fv Maxed Out King – Roxyfet
4.35 Clondaw Fixer did much better last time first time over fences, but the drop in trip is a worry , but this is not deep .
¼ pt win Clondaw Fixer @ 10/3
Newcastle Fortune for a fiver
6 50p doubles, 4 25p trebles & 50p ew acca
Paparazzi 6.45 @ 9/2
Dragons Will Rise 7.15 @ 5/2
Bobby joe Leg 7.45 @ 11/2
With Approval 8.15 @ 11/2
Newcastle – all weather – tapeta – the track is stiff and galloping
5.15 A weak handicap and the John Gosden filly Merry vale is hard to fancy at over this testing C&d off a tough enough mark . The reliable Greengage won well over c&d a few starts back off a slightly lower mark and last time was caught out by the longer trip . Should be nailing this.
¾ pt win Greengage @ 7/4
6.15 Foxy Forever doesn’t win many but has a rare drop into Class 5 company and as he’s in fair form and effective over C&d, could be his night .
¼ pt win Foxy Forever @ 7/2
6.45 Paparazzi is certainly knocking on the door over C&D and it can open tonight off the same mark in a winnable heat .
¾ pt win Paparazzi @ 9/2
7.15 The lightly raced Dragons Will rise did well on his first try over this C&D beaten narrowly into 3rd . Off the same mark in a weak heat , has to go close .
½ pt win Dragons Will Rise @ 5/2
7.45 The penny appears to have dropped for Bobby Joe Leg and comes into this on the back of a close 2nd over C&D last time out. Another big run is on the cards .
½ pt ew Bobby Joe Leg @ 11/2
8.15 The reliable With Approval comes here in good shape and runs this C&d well , and remains on a workable mark .
½ pt ew With Approval @ 5/1