Today's Fortune for a fiver
3 £1 doubles & £1 ew treble
Gowanlad 5.15 @ 5/1
Crossley Tender 1.30 @ 9/4
Empressive Lady 3.35 @ 4/1
Selected Sedgefield – probably soft ground on this undulating and sharp track
12.00 Not a deep novice event and the ultra consistent Tommy’s Oscar makes comfortably most appeal . He ran well in a number of Irish Points last season on a variety of ground and did well to be 2nd in a good ground bumper at Newcastle . The C&D could be a bit sharp , but still preferred in a race which wont take much winning .
½ pt win Tommy’s Oscar @ 2/1
12.35 The penny has certainly dropped for young mare Catchmeifyoucan , winning her last two very well but they were both on good ground at much longer trips , also has a 10 pound penalty and ridden today by a 7 pound claimer , so all in all, would do well to win . At First Glance made all at Southwell last time and another big run expected with just a 4 pound penalty in a modest heat . Lostnfound finally took advantage of the handicapper’s generosity off a plummeting mark with a last gasp win over C&D last time , coming from some way back , but they did finish in a heap in that modest heat , but still makes ew appeal .
¼ pt ew Lostnfound @ 11/1
1.05 Spin The Coin has run well in all of his last 3 runs and can land a modest heat .
½ pt win Spin A coin @ 11/4
1.40 PREMIUM RACE
Selected Exeter- very soft ground on this undulating , stiff and galloping track
12.25 The in form Espressino remains on a good mark and no issue with the C&D but certainly is with the ground as has struggled on soft in the past . Kerb Line is going well and has a favourite’s chance but chances can also be given to the in form pair of With Pleasure and Puzzle Cache with the nod going to the latter , likely to appreciate the C&D in the mud .
¼ pt ew Puzzle Cache @ 11/1
1.30 Crossley Tender has really taken off of late coming here on a 4 timer, his latest win coming here over fences and no issue switching to hurdles off a good mark . Looks hard to beat .
¾ pt win Crossley Tender @ 9/4
2.05 Should be an exercise canter for the highly promising The Big Breakaway , but he is 1/5 !
2.40 The likeable Severano has a bit to do with a penalty and on deep ground around this demanding C&D . Molineaux is preferred , and doesn’t have a great deal to beat .
½ pt win Molineaux @ 7/2
3.15 PREMIUM RACE
Selected Sandown – very soft ground on this stiff and galloping track
12.45 The consistent if luckless Boughtbeforelunch was a good 2nd in this last year behind Le Boizelo and another good run likely from this front runner who could swell spoil the chance of the fav MY Way , who also likes to dominate and the fav does have a bit to prove over a stiff C&D in the mud. The prolific veteran Call Me vic ran really well on his first start for Fergal O’Brien under this jockey at Cheltenham and on deeper ground and with a good race make up for a strong stayer , could land this at long odds.
½ pt win Call Me Vic @ 12/1
1.15 Ardmayle is the likely winner as he runs this C&D well in the mud, but two runs this season could have been better . Tricky stuff .
1.50 A chance can be given to many in this and there are 4 last time winners, but despite Funambule Sivola being the least exposed, a bit to prove up in trip on deep ground under a stiff penalty . Morning Vicar is entitled to go close despite the penalty while Top Man is 1 from 1 over fences , doing it very nicely , so hard to ignore. The nod goes to the progressive Alnadam , a good 2nd in his first chase in the Carlisle mud at this trip, so conditions wont faze him .
¼ pt win Alnadam @ 6/1
2.25 Star Gate looked good winning first time over hurdles and is the worthy fav but all of these are unexposed and hard to assess .
3.00 Portrush Ted only ran twice last season, winning first time out , landing a hat-trick in the process and was still leading In the Haydock mud until falling at the last and resumes duties of around the same mark . He’s the likely front runner today and could take a bit of reeling in . He owes nobody anything with 4 wins and 2 seconds in 8 starts. First start on a stiff track is a worry , but nice odds for his chance. The lightly raced illegal Model ran very well in a big field handicap last time in the mud and is much feared .
¼ pt win Portrush Ted @ 8/1
3.35 Vegas Blue let the side down badly last time when odds on, but the 2nd horse dotted in yesterday , so may not be the flop it looked , but deep ground no help . The lightly raced Empressive Lady sluiced in at Exeter last time on soft ground and the longer trip looks right up her street . Not on a bad mark and can land a winnable finale.
¾ pt win Empressive Lady @ 4/1
Selected Newcastle – all weather – tapeta . the track is stiff and galloping
3.10 Useful bumper Fair Star has done little wrong since racing on the flat with 2 wins and a 2nd all at Wolver , so proven on the surface . He only failed by a short head last time off this mark , a race he should have won . The drop in trip unlikely to be a problem and has strong claims here , but the bookies agree making him a short priced fav. The lightly raced King of The south won well over C&d last time in his first run for William Knight The 6 pound hit will test in deeper race but still open to improvement and hard to rule out Paddyplex is massively consistent and has gone close over C&D off around this mark , but wins have been hard to come by, but unlikely to be far away and a nice ew play .
¼ pt ew Paddyplex @ 12/1
3.45 PREMIUM RACE
4.15 It looked a deep maiden when Violet Warda was a close 3rd over C&D and looks a very solid short priced fav .
½ pt won Violet Warda @ 10/11
4.45 Nurseries here are never easy with the chance of a lightly raced one just taking to the track off a good mark and often it’s hard to see it coming so happy to be with one of the more exposed runners in the in form Fircombe Hall, a good recent 2nd over C&D off a similar mark . Patsy Fagan is rarely far away but is looking hard to win with and at short odds , happy to look elsewhere .
¼ pt ew Fircombe Hall @ 6/1
5.15 Youngster Gowanlad is 2 from 2 this season and after an easy win over C&d in a maiden he landed a handicap at Wolver , running on well to land the spoils and a return to this track very much in his favour . Just 3 pounds higher and this unexposed youngster can go in again .
½ pt ew Gowanlad @ 5/1
5.45 PREMIUM RACE
6.45 First Reponse always runs well here and this is a slight drop in grade , but he’s better over an extra furlong and preference is for Deb’s Delight who’s had a light season , no bad thing , and did well over C&D last time and is dropped 3 pounds . Late player .
½ pt ew Debs Delight @ 9/1
No advice for Dundalk – sorry another card with so may horses in each race with a chance .