Today’s Fortune for a fiver
3 £1 doubles & £1 ew treble
Fransham 2.12 @ 2/1
Fifty Ball 1.15 @ 5/2
Le Couer De Net 12.47 @ 4/1
Selected Aintree- soft ground on this flat and galloping track.
11.45 Dargianni couldn’t have been any more impressive on debut galloping clear in a Sedgefield bumper by 20 lengths, without breaking sweat , and the 2nd horse has won since. He faces softer ground today and of course has obstacles in the way , but backing short priced favs first time over hurdles is not the way to go. Mackenburg brings the best experience to the table and was just chinned on the line by a very decent novice last time in the Wetherby mud so this C&d will be fine as will the ground . Looks the best with experience and a solid ew play .
½ pt ew Mackenburg @ 4/1
12.20 PREMIUM RACE
12.55 This has a winnable look to it and despite going up a further 5 pounds , mud loving Mint Condition can land the hat-trick.
¼ pt win Mint Condition @ 9/2
1.30 Experience over the National fences is an obvious positive and we have last year’s 1st and 2nd in Walk In The Mill , who had the benefit of a prep race last year and 8 pounds higher today , who got the better of Kimberlite Candy who went on to land a competitive Warwick marathon in some style, but is 16 pounds higher than his good run here. Le Breuil ran very well in this last year and has been on the comeback trail for some time after a win on desperate ground in the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival , took a great deal out of him . He did well last time and remains on a good mark, but short enough in the market for a race such as this . Horses for courses is a useful tool for winner finding and the one that falls into that category is Vieux lion Rouge , who’s ran in this 4 times coming out with a win , a 2nd and two Ok runs finishing mid div . He’s getting no younger , but there was plenty of promise in his comeback spin and is one of the few in the field on a good mark.
¼ pt ew Vieux Lion Rouge @ 12/1
2.05 Megan was pretty useful on the flat in Germany and made a scintillating start to her hurdles career with a wide margin win in the Leicester mud and has to be greatly respected but Irish raider Scholastic is massively consistent and with no issues regarding ground, looks a solid ew play . Hiconic has been on the go for a while and her consistency has to be admired , but true soft ground an issue.
½ pt ew Scholastic @ 5/1
2.40 This boils down to only three and The gold Cup runner up Santini will have stiff opposition from the very wonderful Frodon and from former Gold Cup winner Native River , but should be good enough .
½ pt win Santini @ 6/4
3.15 PREMIUM RACE
Selected Wetherby – soft ground on this flat and galloping track
11.52 Not a deep novice event and the two penalised runners look likely to fight this out with Witness Protection brining the stronger form to the table ahead of Fern Hill .
½ p win Witness Protection @ 10/11
1.02 Few come into this with high hopes and despite Presence Felt not known for consistency , he was on a going day last time and runs this track well in the mud.
¼ pt ew Presence Felt @ 9/1
2.12 Fransham loves it here and is taken to confirm recent C&D form with Fin and Game , who may not be in the same form 2nd run back from a break and cheekpieces a negative for the stable .
¾ pt win Fransham @ 2/1
2.47 Recent Donny winner Mance Rayder has a stiff task with a penalty and softer ground . Kings Cave is likely to leave OK hurdles form behind now going chasing over a longer trip but preference is for the consistent Grange Ranger , with nothing to prove on the ground and trip .
¼ pt ew Grange Ranger @ 9/1
3.22 Eileendover was massively impressive winning her bumper by 30 lengths and is obviously a very exciting prospect, but very different ground today, so may not be buying money .
Selected Sandown – very soft ground on this stiff and galloping track
12.05 Lots of unknown quantities in this and the bookies make the ex-French Paros a short priced fav having his first start for Nicky Henderson, but The Worthy Brat has very solid form with a good 3rd at Exeter on easy ground, so this C&D should be fine .
¼ pt win The Worthy Brat @ 7/2
12.40 On his best form Grand Mogul would win this in a canter , but his record is littered with some very disappointing runs . I’d rather have a dabble on Gary Moore’s newcomer , who didn’t come cheap .
¼ pt win Golden Boy Grey @ 6/1
1.15 Not a deep race and despite the penalty and the drop in trip, Fifty Ball looks good for the double .
¾ pt win Fifty Ball @ 5/2
1.50 A cracking Grade 1 novice chase and one thing for certain is this is going to be raced at breakneck pace with GA Law sure to bomb out as is Allmankind , but the former could struggle down in trip on softer ground . With so much going on up front , prudent to be with one of the late players and the course form of Eldorado Allen gives him the nod over the unexposed and potentially smart Hitman .
¼ pt win Eldorado Allen @ 11/4
2.25 The absence of wonder horse Altior is disappointing , but this should still be a thriller . Politolgue was a surprise winner of the Champion Chase and is taken to make all the running and get the better of the massively progressive Greaneteen .
½ pt win Politologue @ 13/8
3.00 Classic Ben has gone close in this before and off a good mark is preferred . Cloudy Glen did well upped in trip last time but a stiff penalty and a stiff C&D could catch him out .Crosspark is a terrific racehorse , bang in form , but softer ground an issue .
¼ pt win Cloudy Glen @ 3/1
3.35 PREMIUM RACE
Selected Chepstow- heavy ground on this undulating , stiff and galloping track
12.12 The odds on fav is Oscar Elite, massively impressive in his first run for Colin Tizzard , but gives a lot of weight to the top chaser Springfield Fox who is preferred.
¼ pt win Springfield Fox @ 9/4
12.47 Not a deep race and despite a further nudge up the weights, Le Couer De Net looks good for the hat-trick .
¾ pt win Le Cour De Net @ 4/1
1.57 A good quality trial for The welsh Grand National and I’m with the front running and mud loving The Two Amigos, who ran a cracker In last year’s main event , only struggling for stamina very late on. This trip far more suitable .
½ pt win The Two Amigos @ 5/1
2.32 A very winnable race with The fav Thomas Mcdonagh having stamina doubts. Lies About Milan ran a rare tame one last time but a return to stiff track and deep ground could see him in a better light .
¼ pt win Lies about Milan @ 6/1
Selected Wolver – all weather – tapeta
4.30 Kendergarten Kop is only 2 pounds higher for a smart win at Lingfield last time and is just as effective here.
¼ pt win Kindergarten Kop @ 5/2
5.00 The draw could have been kinder for Emperor Spiriit , but his recent excellent 2nd over C&D makes him clearly the one to beat .
½ pt win Emperor Spirit @ 5/6
6.00 PREMIUM RACE
6.30 There is a stack of early pace which will suit the late players and the in form veteran Steelriver was unlucky , again , over C&D last time and the gaps may just appear tonight .
¼ pt win Steelriver @ 12/1
7.00 He’s A keeper goes for the C&d hat-trick but the 6 pound hit will take some overcoming . guroor landed a good event over C&D last time and another big run expected from this longshot with just a 2 pound penalty .
½ pt win Guroor @ 14/1
7.30 Many had written Sha La La La lee off after a series of poor runs, but he has found his form back good style of late, running with all of his old zest and consistency . This is his best C&D and remains on a workable mark .
½ pt win Sha La La La lee @ 9/2