15p ew Lucky 15 & 25p ew acca
Ancient Astronaut 1.50 @ 9/1
Hurry Up Poppa 2.55 @ 6/1
Swaledale lad 3.45 @ 5/1
Bastien 4.45 @ 5/1
Catterick- soft ground on this undulating and sharp track
1.20 With the exception of red Shanghai, an open contest. The odds on fav is Brian The Snail, who is 1 from 1 and beat a reliable yardstick in father Macenzie at Ponty on good ground, but today’s conditions are a total contrast as is the track. Both Tschierchen and Kiribati consistently run to their mark , but this softer ground is an unknown for both. Secret Potion won on softish ground at Bath, sp should handle this track and beat a couple of decent types in Blue Suede and Big lachie. He can be forgiven a below par run in Class 1 sprint next time out and last time had to be a eased when his saddle slipped. On his best form he’s up with all of the other three and worth a go at massive odds.
¼ pt win Secret Potion @ 20/1
1.50 Danedyleekie remains on a feasible mark and wont mind the sift ground at all, but this is a rare try on a tight track, and the same applies perfectly to Art Obsession. Money Team has run 3 poor runs of late and can only be watched while Emerlad Loch is still high in the weights and is unproven on ground this soft and on tight tracks. Royal Connosiier won very well in the mud at Hamilton last time, but that is his happy hunting ground and this speedier track is a no no. With Gin at the In high enough in the weights and having it to prove on the ground, I’m with Ancinet astronaut, who did well to come off the pace at Epsom four starts ago collaring the consistent Tricky Dicy. On that evidence today’s C&D should be fine and also he ran well on soft ground last time out over a trip short of his best. His wide draw is a positive when the mud is flying here.
½ pt ew Ancient Astronaut @ 9/1
2.20 PREMIUM RACE
2.55 La Fritillaire is massively in form with 3 wins and 2 places in her last five runs . Her last win cane at Ponty over a bit further, so you would have to worry about her effectiveness over this sharper test off a higher mark and on softer ground. Italian Riviers is absolutely thrown in at the weights on his old form and comes here on the back of a win over hurdles , but all of his form is on good ground or synthetics and two runs on soft ground were nightmares. All of Dream serenade , Adrakahan and Cape Hideway come here in good shape but this slighty longer trip is a worry. Hurry Home Poppa has had a but of light time of it of late, which is no bad thing this time of year. He has two runs since a two months break and ran well on softish ground at redcar over a shorter trip , finishing 3rd and with plenty in the tank. This is a much easier race and he has a course win on his cv. Just hope that the ground isn’t too soft at this trip.
½ pt ew Hurry Home Poppa @ 6/1
3.25 The very wonderful Shouranour goes for the hat-trick and her last win cane over C&D on similar ground . she had to work quite hard to get near the front from an outside draw , but once in the front she kept up a strong gallop all the way and stuck her neck out willingly to claim the win. She ha a four pound penalty for that, but she is much better drawn today.I’m with her again today but am a bit worried about the presence of Best trip is the contest as this one is a k most one dimensional front runner and the tip will have to show that she is just as effective coming off the pace. The dark hors eis fingals cave who wont mind the ground , is OK weighted and should be fine over the c&D. He has first run for bang in form Iain Jardine, who is a dab hand at improving inmates.
¾ pt win Shouranour @ 9/2
4.00 PREMIUM RACE
4.30 I can understand the market interest in the very well handicapped Hit the Lights back to his fav C&D, but there are a lot of possibilities in this open affair. Taffeta has really hit form of late and the gorund is no problem whatsoever. It’s her first try on a tight track, but is worth a play.
¼ pt win Taffeta @ 5/1
5.05 The highly consistent Compton River continues to battle hard against the handicapper , but was a well beaten 2nd last time off this mark and is up again for his troubles. Robbian sprung a 33/1 shock in the Yarmouth mud last time but the double looks most unlikely today down in trip and up a lot in the weights .Bapak Bangsawan is not the decent sprinter he was but his Ok run at Ayr in the mud from a bad draw is sufficient to put him in the in this poor contest, and he has run well over C&D.
¼ pt ew Bapak Bangaswan @ 33/1
Chepstow- good to soft on this undulating and galloping track
1.30 Both Citrus and Copain De Classe disappointed markedly last time and can only be watched for now . Rolling Dylan brings the best form to the table and will be tough to beat , despite a drop in trip . Laser Light is totally unexposed and could be quite good after a 2nd in an Irish Point and an easy win in a bumper. Baron De Plessis has run a couple of good races at this trip and I’m happy to play him at monstrous odds.
¼ pt ew Baron De Plessis @ 40/1
2.00 Bells of Ailsworth comes here in great form but is a bit high in the weight son his chase debut and it’s quite an ask to be at his fluent best against some more experienced rivals. The in form and most lovely Rebecca Curtis runs two in Kilcullen Flem and Highway Strom and these two also make their chase debuts, but I’m against this pair not only because of lack of experience but because of trip and going respectably .Cailleach Annie won well last year at Exeter, and the longer trip today will help , so she’ s far from out if it. I gove the mod the nod to the in form Thegreendalerocket , who has a good recent run over C&D on his CV, but arguably could have done without the overnight rain.
¼ pt ew Thegreendalerocket @ 8/1
2,30 A pretty open seller and at the weights, the pair with the strongest chances are Filatiore, who really needs a longer trip and softer ground and Istimrarr, who is consistent but so hard to win with. Ice Konig ran well last time from the front and should be the one to set the pace today. He’s yet to win but looks to have a good attitude and this could be his day.
½ pt ew Ice Konig @ 6/1
3.05 Most of these need much softer ground and it oes offer a great opportunity for the in form Mr mafia, but he has a poor win record because he has to be played very late and it’s hard for nay jockey to get that perfectly right. Practically all of these like to be played late so something could have asoft time of it up front and that is the down in the weights and up inn trip Tamarillo Grove. He was mightily prolific a few seasons back but after an injury has not been the same horse since, but he is so well handicapped he’s worth risking . he had a recent pop on the flat over two miles and didn’t loom short of stamina in that.
¼ pt win Tamarillo Grove @ 8/1
3.35 The eagerly awaited chase debut of Champipn stayer Thistlecrack and he’s 1/7 for the win which isn’t bad odds, if you are brave enough to lob on for a 14% return in just over 5 minutes. Only a fall can stop him from collecting and while I wont be backing him he is a must watch as he could be one of thr all time greats in this sphere.
4.05 Lots of ifs and buts in this novice hurdle. Happy to sit it out.
4.35 PREMIUM RACE
5.10 It’s a weak finale and it offers great opportunity for the consistent Earls Fort , and the only one who could spoil his party is Ronnie Lawson , who is a prolific winner in points but returns after a almost two years off and is now trained by the in form Tim Vaugh and Dicky Johnson takes the ride. He’s so hard to assess, but I’m playing it this way.
¾ pt win Earls Fort @ 5/2 ¼ Pt St F/c Ronnie Lawson- Earls Fort
Bangor – good ground on this flat and sharp track
2.10 Barwick ha his work cut out here against two former god flat horses in Excellent result and Keepo In Line, who bith won very easily on their debuts , and while the form of excellent result looks the stronger, Keep in Line just did enough. These were bith rated over 100 on the flat which makes them both exciting prospects of they can transfer their form to hurdles and on wat we’ve seen so far, that is possible. Great race to watch
2.40 Hunters Hoof has been running poorly for some time while Value at risk should have done much better last time. Just Georgie is out of his depth while Wishing and Hoping has it to prove on quicker ground . ???
3.15 PREMIUM RACE
3.45 It’s been some time since Swaledale lad last won but he went close last time back over fences and this drip in trip is in his favour . Winged express has plemty tp prove off this mark an don quicker ground while Ballycool would be happier over a longer trip. Both Blake Dean and HUmbel Ben are threats but the tip really should be winning in this class.
½ pt ew Swaledale Lad @ 5/1
4.15 Royal Plaza put in an improved run last time but is still the type you like to take on as he is winless after 9 tries. Danceintothelight always runs his race from the front . he ‘s a bit high in the weights and this class does stretch him, but with negatives against all of his rivals, could just take advantage .
¼ pt ew Danceintothelight @ 8/1
4.45 It was quite a hot bumper when Bastien came 4th in abig field at warwick not far behind Robin Roe, who pulverized a decent field at Aintree on Sunday and Royal Supremo who has gone on to win 3 races since. This is rock solid form and he’s with a smart stable. Many of his rivals are either unexposed or making debuts for big stables, but it would need them to run to a good level to foil the tip.
½ pt ew Bastien @ 5/1
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