Today’s Multi – pays over £50
Chinwag 1.35 @ 6/4
Yala Enki 2.10 @ 5/6
Politologue 3.35 @ 6/4
Selected Taunton – very soft ground on this flat and sharp track
12.30 The clear form horse is Tile Tapper , who receives weight from the three dangers , and his good form out him over 20 pounds clear . This longer trip will suit as will the ground , but a bit worried about this tight track so at cramped odds I prefer a play on the front running mud loving 5 timer chasing Alaphillipe, who despite having a double penalty looks like he’ll take to the track and run his usual big race.
¼ pt win Alaphillipe @ 11/2
1.05 Very hard to fancy many in this and last year’s winner Tactical Manoeuvre showed a lot more over C&d last time and should be one for fav backers .
¼ pt win Tactical Manoeuvre @ 2/1
1.35 This will take little winning and hat-trick chasing track winner Chinwag is looking ahead of the game and another win very likely .
¾ pt win Chinwag @ 6/4
2.10 The very wonderful Yala Enki has an identical programme to last season . A big run in the Welsh Grand National , followed up by a smart win in this and History likely to be repeated.
¾ pt win Yala enki @ 5/6
2,45 PREMIUM RACE
4.00 With Agent Valdez now on a tough mark and Born In borris not convincing of late, worth risking the capable whatsdastory who’s on a fair mark, likes the ground but is dropping in trip .
¼ pt win Whatdastory @ 9/2
Selected Ascot – very soft ground on this stiff and galloping track
12.40 Some very interesting flat horse make their debuts over hurdles and the best of these on the level was tritonic but I prefer the progressive Vulcan, who finished the season with 2 smart wins and an unlucky 4th and is at his best on deep ground . He changed hands for a whopping £170,000 so could stat repaying today .
¼ pt win Vulcan @ 3/1
1.15 With Eglantine Du Seuil having stamina doubts it looks a match between a pair of terrific mares in the odds on fav , the late playing Roksana , who is the one to beat at the weights, but only just , and the terrific Magic Of Light, who’s won this for the last two years , burning them off from the front and comes here on the back of a smart win at Newbury . Obviously she likes the English air as this Irish raider also has on her CV a 2nd In the Aintree Grand National ! She has to be the play at the odds.
½ pt win Magic Of light @ 3/1
1.50 Nordano landed a smart win over C&D last year in the mud , but two runs this season off his new much higher mark has been poor, but could be revived returning to the scene of that electrifying win . the useful Chaser Janinka has been let in lightly on his hurdles debut and has clear claims , as does the bang in form War Hero , if translating his excellent Haydock form to this much stiffer track . The novice Paddy’s motorbike has clear claims but Dans Le vent has the profile of a bouncer and overlooked . Despite a 5 pound hit , the back to form Kateson is likely to be front rank throughout , will like the ground and probably this stiff finish .The Nicky Henderson novice Craigneiche could be lurking with intent at the foot of the handicap .
¼ pt ew Kateson @ 10/1
2.25 Plenty of in form types but all of cobolobo , who could well bounce today ., De Forgotten One, who could be ahead of the game and Crossley dance have all been hit hard by the handicapper . Rose Dobbin has brought the tough and capable Bigirononhiship some way and off a fair mark and over a C&d he should take to and proven on the ground , happy to play at long odds.
¼ pt ew Bigirononhiship @ 25/1
3.00 PREMIUM RACE
3.35 Defi Du seuil landed this last year but is impossible to back after two very poor runs of late .The champion Chaser Politologue looks likely to get his own way up front and with the danger at the ratings Waiting Patiently dropping significantly in trip, looks another win for this wonderful grey .
¾ pt win Politologue @ 6/4
Selected Haydock- heavy ground on this flat and galloping track
12.55 The useful Allart is the one to beat at the ratings but does carry a penalty and this is the deepest ground he’s ever encountered. Silver Hallmark has useful form but prefer a dabble in the prolific Marown with the ground very much to suit .
¼ pt win Marown @ 10/3
1.30 this is red hot with all 5 in tip top form and all running to a good level but the fav is Llandinabo Lad , who brings the best form to the table but the penalty and deep ground could catch him out. Preference is for the front running minella drams after a smart win in the Bangor mud last time.
¼ pt win Minella Drama @ 7/4
2.05 PREMIUM RACE
2.40 Too many ifs and buts so happy to sit this one out .
3.15 the dual Champion Hurdle winner Buveir D’Air hasn’t had much racing lately and despite having a 12 buffer at the weights, he would have to return in good shape to dispose of the useful and very tough Ballyandy .
3.50 PREMIUM RACE
4.20 a most winnable finale and I’m with the front running mud loving fearless, who took an unlucky fall last time , a run which sees him on a workable mark .
½ pt win Fearless @ 11/4
Selected Newcastle – all weather – tapeta . The track is stiff and galloping
4.05 In an uncompetitive opener the odds on fav is the very lightly raced Great Eastern, who was backed off the boards when winning well at Kempton , his first race for 18 months, so the bounce factor is a concern for anyone thinking about piling on . He’s not even on a good mark as he’s 6 pounds higher than the quality of the win and switches to a stiff track and tapeta, but what’s going to beat him . king of The south has taken off since trying tapeta over a distance of ground , but is 5 pounds higher for only coming 2nd last time and also goes up 2 furlongs in trip . You’d think there would be a nice ew play with the two market leaders having a bit to prove , but sadly , I can’t find one .
4.40 The short list for this is very long with plenty of these showings good enough form to get involved but few proven on this surface . Paquita is rated only 49, which must be an all time low for top trainer Roger Varian . she’s well bred and connections would be delighted if she could nail one . She has shaped up Ok in her two handicaps and from a reduced mark worth a dabble as this is the stable’s only runner here , making the 500 mile round trip and the stable is 23% success here .
¼ pt win Paquita @ 9/1
5.10 A weak event and the clear form horse and fav is the very much in form Van Dijk with a win and 2 good recent 2nds on the Southwell fibresand but has to concede weight and the drop in trip wont help. He is proven on the surface and this stiff track will help this strong finisher . It was looking very much as Sharrabang had done his winning for good, but he sneaked home in a similar event at Wolver and gets the nod at the trip .
¼ pt win Sharrabang @ 6/1
5.40 Tintoretto did well last time at Wolver , but with a 2 pound nudge and this stiffer track not likely to suit, preference is for Seas of Elzaam , who landed a double the Autumn , one coming over C&D and ran well in his recent comeback spin again over C&D . Danielsflyer was just ahead of the tip but this one hasn’t won for almost 4 years !
¼ pt win Seas of Elzaam @ 7/2
6.40 The reliable and willing Rockley Point is a regular here and just doesn’t know how to run a bad race and despite being pushed up to a stiff mark, this prominent racer will be bombing it up the stands rails and can land an overdue and deserved win in a modest heat .
¼ pt win Rockley Point @ 9/2
7.10 The vast majority of these are hard to fancy on current form which gives recent shock wolver winner Spartan Fighter a decent chance of lifting the finale . He wasn’t disgraced over C&D in a hot event and is preffered to the useful and reliable Fortamour , a track specialist , but does return from a break .
¼ pt win Spartan Fighter @ 13/2