Selected Cheltenham – good to soft on this undulating , galloping and stiff track
11.30 Any News hasn’t been hard pressed to land both races this season and brings the strongest form into the event . this is his first try on a stiff track but the good stable has plenty of winners here .
½ pt win Any News @ 6/4
12.05 You can make a case for all 5 .
12.40 Lively Citizen was a shock winner over C&D and another good run can be expected on similar ground with a 4 pound penalty .The admirable Breffinboy has won 4 of his last 5 and the penalty could have been worse while Tegerek showed plenty of temperament before is last race but jumped off and ran another big race over C&D , but has been nudged up the ratings again .
¼ pt ew Lively Citizen @ 10/1
1.15 Far too much guesswork In this very open mares handicap chase .
1.50 The Peterborough Chase, rerouted after the abandonment of Huntingdon , and it’s a right puzzle . Neither Dolos not the admirable Clondaw Castle have cut any ice here before but the rest all have good track form . A few of these have disappointed of late and it’s all about keeping the faith with these but at the odds the capable Bun Doran is worth a flutter at long odds .
¼ pt ew Bun Doran @ 20/1
2.25 Commodore and Storm Control are going to bomb off and wont do themselves any good battling for domination off tough marks . Irish raider Court Maid sluiced home in a big field handicap last time , but has an 8 pound hit and this is a very different type of track . Struggling with this one .
3.00 A race over the Cross Country track , and at the last meeting there was a right boilover with Kingswel Theatre beating Beau De Brizais , both at odds of 22/1, and both are lower in the ratings today ! There are four Irish raiders in the field but today’s fav Neverushacon hasn’t shone here in the past . I’m happy to watch.
3.35 PREMIUM RACE
Selected Doncaster – good to soft on this flat and galloping track
11.55 Hazzaar is lightly raced and brings the strongest form into the event with a strong finishing close 5th off this mark in big field Cheltenham handicap . My only reservation is that he could be caught for toe on this speed track, but in this field, at fair odds, worth the risk .
¾ pt win Hazzaar @ 5/2
12.32 All of these come into this under a cloud .
1.07 This looks good for odds on players after Silent Assistant’s recent excellent 2nd in a big field Cheltenham handicap .
¾ pt win Silent Assistant @ 8/11
1.42 Captain Blackpearl did it really well on his chase debut but does have a punishing 13 pound penalty . Goa Lil has been running well and a chance is taken on this youngster staying this longer trip .
½ p win Goa Lil @ 4/1
2.17 PREMIUM RACE
2.52 Another disappointing veteran’s chase with so many of these running way below their best and so many having a rare look at the racetrack, so stacks of guesswork if they will run their race today .
3.25 youngster Bushypark hasn’t been hard pressed at all In landing the hat-trick . The 7 pound hit looks manageable but on drying ground preference is for the unpenalised hydroplane who looks like he’ll stay this longer trip .
½ pt win Hydroplane @ 7/2
Selected Bangor- heavy ground on this flat and sharp track
12.20 The in form Arizona Glory has a harsh 6 pound penalty for only coming 2nd , but still a player in a weak heat . Dragon Khan doesn’t win many but is effective over C&D and the ground and on the right mark .
¼ pt ew Dragon Khan @ 11/12/20
12.55 A weak event and looks a match but the drop in trip can do the trick for the in form Le Talonis and taken to get the better of main rival Khairgash .
½ pt win Lex Talionis @ 2/1
1.30 Another competitive race and the longer trip is no help at all to Snuff Box . accordingtogino bounced back from a rare tame effort to win well last time but the 8 pound hit a worry . Fortescue was terrific last season with 3 wins and a 2nd and didn’t do badly on his comeback spin on ground too quick and looks a nice play with his progressive profile .
½ pt win Fortescue @ 4/1
2.05 Robin Gold has won 3 of her last 4 but does have a massive 8 pound penalty , but the opposition is weak .
2.40 Despite the big field few have high hopes and despite the 7 pound penalty Ragamuffin is the one to beat , especially in a race for conditionals/ amateurs and the useful Liam Harrison rides .
½ pt Win Ragamuffin @ 6/4
3.10 A clear match between Minella Drama and The grey Falco.
Selected Southwell – all weather – fibresand
4.15 PREMIUM RACE
4.45 Tipperary Tiger looked really good when winning on debut in the Donny mud and is odds on to go 2 from 2 , but this is a unique surface . The in form stable does very well here so you’d expect a win but not for me at short odds.
5.15 A fiercely competitive sprint with a stack of early pace but over 5 furlongs, here , the high numbers are severely disadvantaged , so expect the race to develop middle to far side . Track regular Crosse Fire is well drawn to be front rank as usual but a stiff mark and a drop in trip wont see him leading throughout but will give those drawn around him an edge . The fav is Birkenhead who is 1 from 1 over C&D , but 5 pounds higher while the consistent Free Love runs this C&D very well , but just can’t nail one and up in the ratings today . Dark Shot took advantage of a lowly mark to get back on track over C&D of late and has held his form pretty well of late off his new mark . Will be produced off the pace and could surprise.
¼ pt ew Dark Shot @ 12/1
5.45 A rotten maiden easy to leave alone.
6.15 PREMIUM RACE
6.45 Lexi The One is 2 from 2 over C&D , which counts for plenty but had little to spare last time and is up a further 5 pounds so would do well to go in again as would another C&D winner in Equidae up in the ratings and grade . Liamba is another regular here and at the weights given the nod to come out on top .
¼ pt win Liamba @ 4/1
7.15 Youngster Dark Side Prince has been going really well here but goes up in trip and has a nasty wide draw for a hold up type. Sharrabang has gone close over C&D a few times of late off around this mark. He doesn’t win many but likely to be bang there again .
¼ pt ew Sharrabang @ 9/2
7.45 A tough task for Badger Berry off a testing mark and dropping down markedly in trip . Both Jazz Legend and First Excel have held their form well over C&D of late , and no reason why they wont be bang there again . Neither have good win records , but both are triers and the nod goes to the latter , likely to be handy throughout from a good draw.
¼ pt ew First Excel @ 10/1
The Dundalk handicaps are a complete lottery as of late many horse are just not holding their form and it’s become so hard to predict . I’m just playing a double in a couple of maidens .
4.30 Bear Story did well over C&d last time and experience gives him the edge over odds on newcomer in Ruling .
5.00 Oh say has a couple of good runs over C&D on his CV and this could be his day . The danger is another newcomer in Sunwalk , who’d do well to win from the worst of the draw.
½ pt double Bear Story @ 2/1 Oh Say @ 6/4