50p ew trixie & 50p ew treble
Hotter Than Hell 1.55 @ 8/1
Eddiemaurice 3.40 @ 14/1
highstakesplayer 3.20 @ 4/1
Chepstow and Limerick both abandoned
Selected Wetherby- heavy ground on this flat and galloping track
11.55 PREMIUM RACE
1.00Remastered should be far too good for only rival Baron De Middleton and 1/2 isn’t bad
2.10 Nuts Well has progressed into one of the best 2 mile chase handicappers around and has won 5 of his last 6 runs the only reversal came on heavy ground so off a very tough mark and on ground just too soft , reluctantly passed over . Marracudja has run two mighty races in this race for the last two years but the ground will test and not coming here in the best of shape. First Flow is a cracking racehorse and comes here on a 5 timer and on heavy ground has 5 wins and a place from7 tries. He’s 6 pounds higher than last time but did well to win as he couldn’t adopt his usual front running tactics , which he should be able to do today .
½ pt win First Flow @ 7/4
2.45 All 4 have a decent chance.
3.20 The bookies make this a 3 horse war with the fav in Parramount , 2nd in a Bumper in the Haydock mud , but it was just a 5 runner race and the 2nd fav is Mr Glass 3rd in a Newbury bumper but on good ground. Highstakesplayer brings the best form to the table and also is proven on heavy ground . He’s run well in both of his starts and is preferred at nice odds.
½ pt win Highstakesplayer @ 4/1
Selected Leopardstown – good to soft on this flat and galloping track
12.05 Iberia was rated a lofty 101 on the flat for Aidan O’Brien and handles soft ground . He found himself frequently in very hot company and worth a dabble at long odds considering his raw ability .
¼ pt win Iberia @ 14/1
1.10 The odds on fav is the 2 mile Champion Chase short priced fav in chacon D Pour Soi but he’s obviously not the hardiest having just his 6 race in 3 years and was beaten in this last year but still ran well . This is a red hot heat and there will be far better 1/2 shots for big rollers . Hard to pick the danger and well happy to watch .
1.45 A cracking Grade 1 novice hurdle and the joint favs are a pair who were near the top of the tree in bumpers last season in Appreciate It and Ballyadam and both have made a great start to their hurdling careers . This race is full of lightly raced and successful dark horse and I prefer a play on Call Me Lyreen who is 3 from 3 and winning as he pleases .
¼ pt ew Call Me Lyreen @ 14/1
2.20 A wide open handicap hurdle but not keen at all on the favs in Winner Takes It all on ground plenty soft enough and Sea Ducor on a very high mark for what he’s achieved. Hyberry is consistent off this mark and shouldn’t be far away .
¼ pt ew Hyberry @ 8/1
2.55 Another big field and fiercely competitive handicap this time a chase and the fav is the English raider, the very excellent Lock’s Corner , who’s won 5 of his last 6 starts and this trip is fine but best form on much better ground . you can make a case for many in this but I’m trying Farclas who was 3 from 3 in novice chases last season and shaped up OK on his comeback spin in a handicap when 5th of 17 giving the impression this longer trio would suit .
¼ pt win Farclas @ 11/1
Selected Kempton – soft ground on this flat and sharp track
1.20 Shishkin is one of the top rated horses around and landed his first try over fences In some style . The opposition is tough but hard to see defeat but is 1/4.
1.55 This is very winnable with plenty of these with a bit to prove on softer ground, such as Bannixtown Glory and Regarding Ruth and the likes of Molly Ollys Wishes , Empressive Lady and Midnightreflection now on stiff marks. Hotter than Hell is rarely far away off this mark and no issues with ground or probably C&D . Looks a very nice ew play .
½ pt ew Hotter Than Hell @ 8/1
2.30 The legendary Altior’s record speaks for himself with 20 wins in his last 21 runs , his only defeat coming by Cyrname over a trip too far . The bookies are dangling a carrot making him 4/5 but he is getting no younger and would probably have to be at his best to land this against stiff opposition . Well happy to watch.
3.05 PREMIUM RACE
3.40 Eddiemaurice has run in this for the last 4 years and has come out with a 1st , 2nd , 3rd and a 5th . He warmed up for this nicely at ascot and you’d expect him to run his race again on ground which will suit .
½ pt ew Eddiemaurice @ 14/1
Selected Wolver – all weather – tapeta
1.50 The very wonderful A Go Go has 4 wins here and comes here on a hat-trick but is now on a tough mark and this extra furlong no real help. The in form veteran It Must Be Faith is now a bit high in the weights and grade. Suzis Connoisseur has become very hard to win with but this hold up type finished well to a good 3rd over C&D last time and has a rare try in Class 6 , but his last win was 18 months ago . Astrophysics has a couple of C&D wins on his CV and didn’t do badly on his recent C&D comeback spin and in a winnable race could shock .
¼ pt ew Astrophysics @ 33/1
2.25 The bookies make this a two horse war between the two recent track winners in Warrior Brave , who goes up in trip and long priced C&D winner Water of Leith who won pretty impressively , but it was his first run for 5 months so may not be as sharp tonight and both carry the dreaded penalty. Skipping this.
3.00 Not a strong maiden and newcomer Three Platoon is the odds on fav , easy race to swerve with no ew alternative sticking out .
3.35 Moonlight in Paris looks a bit high in the weights but won easily over C&D last time and just 2 pounds higher and this isn’t a big ask but I can pass at short odds.
4.10 A few can be given a decent shout but over this C&D the in form Muftakker has been going well off around this mark and gets the nod .
¼ pt win Muftakker @ 10/3
4.40 PREMIUM RACE
5.10 Rayyan has been knocking on the door and it looks likely to open today .He was a good 2nd over C&d last time off around this mark and this isn’t a big ask .
½ pt win Rayyan @ 2/1