Today’s Fortune for a fiver
6 50p doubles 4 25p trebles & 50p ew acca
Wavering Down 3.35 @ 8/1
Sidi Ismael 3.12 @ 5/2
Luca Brasis Boy 3.42 @ 5/1
Sandford Castle 4.00 @ 9/2
Selected Huntingdon – soft ground on this flat and galloping track
12.30 The short priced fav is the clear form horse in Interconnected , but he hasn’t been seen for 2 years and that run was over half a mile further . He was trained then by Nicky Henderson who purchased him for a hefty £220,000 , but that’s chicken feed as he’s recently been sold for a whopping £660,000 and has a date at the Cheltenham Festival. It’s a massive investment so he should be landing this small but competitive field with the minimum of fuss to justify both his cost and lofty aspirations.
1.00Fable did really well last time and is the clear form horse. Proven on the ground and despite a slight drop in trip , looks a most solid shorty .
¾ pt win Fable @ evens
2.35 Un Prophete was massively unlucky last time with a late fall with the race sewn up and can stay on the same mark , but the big drop in trip wont help and looks destined for a supporting role today . Both Native Robin and Rob The getawat come into this in really good form and the nod goes to the former who has a good win record .
¼ pt win Native Robin @ 11/2
3.35 Despite the big field, hard finding serious contenders and a clear chance can be given to he lightly raced wavering Down a good 3rd on his handicap debut at Southwell and this more galloping track well in his favour . Bit worried about the 2 months break but that aside , most solid claims .
¼ pt ew Wavering Down @ 8/1
Selected Chepstow – very soft ground on this undulating , galloping and stiff track
Champagne rhythm is mighty consistent but just can’t nail one and is a regular over this C&D . He brings the strongest form to the table and despite taking a slight backwards step last time , this should be his day .
¼ pt win Champagne Rhythm @ 15/8
1.55 The bookies go even money joint favs in the hat-trick seeking Grumpy Charlie and the recent Sandown runaway winner in eamon an Cnoic , and with the others making little appeal ,the bookies have got it right , despite Repetito having a squeak at his best, but in and out of late . Grumpy Charlie has impressed landing a C&D double and is certainly improving and his mark certainly manageable . He’s going to be front rank as will his market rival , who profited from a canny ride last time in a Sandown conditionals race and wont get a soft lead today . I’m firmly with Charley .
¾ pt win Grumpy Charley @ evens
2.57 PREMIUM RACE
3.27 The useful Funambule sivola is going to be difficult to beat but not for me at evens .
4.00 The Manuscript is weighted out of this after a smart win at Market rasen while Jury’s put continues to be hard to win with . as does Don’t Be Robin. Sandford Castle comes here in top form and despite another nudge up the weights , ticks plenty of boxes and another big run likely from this strong stayer .
1/2 pt win Sandford Castle @ 9/2
Selected Sedgefield – very soft ground on this sharp and undulating track
2.42 Sigurd was caught out last time by the stone penalty and despite this being easier , still has a lot to prove off this mark. Some of these have bits of form to make then of interest and the nod goes to the well handicapped and fairly consistent Classical Sound, proven on the ground and trip .
¼ pt ew Classical Sound @ 11/1
3.12 Chinwag was held off a lower mark last time and despite a return to this longer trip a positive , his form on left handed tracks is shocking , no places from 5 tries ! This will take little winning and it offers a very sound opportunity for the in form and consistent Sidi Ismael.
½ pt win Sidi Ismael @ 5/2
3.42 This will take little winning and the switch to fences is likely to help former pointer Luca brasi’s Boy who comes into this on the back of good 2nd at Catterick over a trip short enough .
½ pt win Luca Brasi’s Boy @ 5/1
4.15 PREMIUM RACE
4.45 Another uncompetitive heat and a golden opportunity for C&d specialist Franie Ballou , who’s been 1st and 2nd in this race for the last two years . He’s a bit in and out but was a close 2nd over C&D in the mud just before Christmas and a reproduction well good enough .
½ pt win Frankie Ballou @ 5/1
Selected Southwell – all weather – fibresand
5.30 PREMIUM RACE
6.00 Three C’s was a warm order over C&D last time but was narrowly denied in a bunch finish by The back to form De Bruyne Horse, who made all and while he’ll be hell bent on reproducing those tactics , all of Condovan Lad , Last Date , Lets Go Lucky , Michelle Stroggoff and The Retiriever all have a History of front running , which is bad news for the many battling for early dominance but good news for the tip who will have an ideal strongly run race to come off , and should prevail despite the 3 pound penalty .
½ pt win Three C’s @3/1
6.30 The odds on fav is Mehmento who went in first time of asking over C&D, looking a decent prospect but does carry the dreaded penalty and preference for Grangeclare view, proven here and form pretty good .
¼ pt win Grangeclare View @ 7/2
7.00 The hat-trick seeking Lord Oberon did really well winning over C&D last time dropping in trip , but the 5 pound hit will take some overcoming . Rock Sound rarely sees the race track but when he does, puts in some smart runs , including over C&D and is another to consider Alsvinder went close over C&D a few starts ago in a decent contest and is way overpriced for his chance.
¼ pt ew Alsvinder @ 9/1
7.30 This is fiercely competitive and the short list is very long . The fav is the in form Castle Quarter , proven over C&D and comes here in fine form and remains on a workable mark . He’s owned by a good friend of mine who is hopeful of a big run . I’ve been with C&d specialist Bond Angel a few times of late and she’s run well enough to be a nice ew play in a tough heat to call.
¼ pt ew Bond Angel @ 9/1