Selected Huntingdon – good to soft on this flat and galloping track
Little appeal here today, just the one small play .
1.45 In a race where quantity certainly outweighs quality , the short priced fav is the consistent but hard to win with Maliboo and drying ground unlikely to help . The lightly raced Doyen Queen was the fav in her first handicap last time, but just couldn’t get competitive giving every indication that this longer trip would suit and worth a dabble .
¼ pt win Doyen Queen @ 7/2
Cheltenham – good to soft on this undulating, galloping and stiff track
1.20 The Ballymore Hurdle
A tricky opener as practically all of the field have achieved their best on much softer ground and few have any experience of this unique track . The joint favs are two very useful Irish novices in Bob olinger , likely to be front rank throughout and Gaillard Du Mesnil , likely to be played late , and looking at the racing styles of the field, with so much early pace , this could be the place to sit . neither of these have ever tried ground this quick, so both have bit to prove , but you can’t categorically say they wont act on the ground. The best form is brought by the 4 timer seeking Bravemansgame who is proven on the ground and a smart win at Exeter suggests this track will hold no terrors. He likes to go with the pace and stays very well and is preferred .
½ pt win Bravesmansgame @ 4/1
1.55 The Broadway Chase
Last years Albert Bartlett hero the most prolific Monkfish is 3 from 3 over fences, wont mind the ground and it looks very much a case of how far, but is 1/3 .
2.30 PREMIUM RACE
3.05 PREMIUM RACE
3.40 The Glenfarclas
The incredibly wonderful , brilliant, excellent Tiger Roll was odds on for this last year in his hat-trick bid in this event , but was put well in his place by the French youngster Easysland , who then changed hands and joined the Massive JP Mcmanus club for a right old wedge . Last year’s race was on very testing ground and Easysland comeback spin was over C&d and was well turned over at odds on , but it was in a handicap and he was conceding 22 pounds to the shock winner Kingswell Theatre and was beaten 9 lengths , so should get his revenge at level weights , but clearly better was expected and he’s not for me at short odds, Getting back to Tiger Roll , arguably the most versatile National Hunt ever as he’s won 4 times at this Festival, The 2 mile Triumph Hurdle, the 4 mile National Hunt Chase and this race twice and of course you can add his two magnificent Aintree Grand National victories but since his last National win, he’s not been himself and now aged 11 , it’s very possible the 2019 Aintree win has left a scar and two runs this year were most disappointing and so sad watching a magnificent campaigner struggling well out of it . The fact that he’s here suggests they are expecting a big run and what a popular winner he’d be and I’ll have to have a little play for old times sake .
¼ pt win Tiger Roll @ 5/1
4.15 PREMIUM RACE
4.50 The Champion Bumper
I’m well happy just to watch this as there are so many lightly raced and promising types and the drying ground makes it even more of a lottery .
Selected Lingfield – all weather – polytrack
1.30 Shymay landed a weak event here last time over a longer trip but still respected from a good draw , which is something recent Kempton winner Rainbow Mirage doesn’t have and despite a clear form chance , would do very well to double up as drawn. The pace to the race will come from C&D regular Tarkeesh , who’s unlikely to snap out of his losing run drawn wide . Hey Ho Let’s Go is very consistent over C&D and despite a tough enough mark wont be far away dropping in grade and the rider’s 5 pound claim will help .
½ pt win Hey Ho Let’s Go @ 5/1
2.05 Clashaniska has been much higher rated in the past but wasn’t looking like nailing a win until he gave them all a start in a modest event here over 7 furlongs and in the end was a cosy winner . He backed that up with a good win over C&D and despite the 5 pound hit is on a roll and takes on exposed and modest rivals .
½ pt win Clashaniska @ 13/8
3.15 A good quality Class2 handicap and the short priced fav is the well handicapped Shine So Bright , who when last seen was an excellent 2nd over C&D behind the useful Highland Dress . He may try to lead all the way , but he is on a long losing run so preference is for the classy handicapper Beat Le Bon who showed he was on the way back with a good 4th off this mark at Newcastle last time and is 1 from 1 here .
¼ pt win Beat Le bon @ 4/1
4.25 Alpha theta looked good landing her first two races on the southwell fibresand but was well beaten next time in a Newcastle handicap on tapeta , s questions to answer off her mark and on polytrack. Oslo is holding his form well , especially here, but is mark is high and this trip does stretch him . I give the nod to C&D regular Renardeau after a good effort over C&d last time just ahead of the back to form City Tour .
¼ pt win Renardeau @ 5/1
5.00 Khatn is certainly on a roll and comes here on a 5 timer but the handicapper has had enough and he’s been hot with a 10 pound penalty , which could be a stopper in a competitive heat . The in form Convertible goes well over C&D but a 2 pound nudge up the weights wont help while the ex-French Classical Wave impressed winning at Wolver and this lightly raced type adds to a difficult race to solve. The back to form Noble peace is way overpriced and I’m having a dabble .
¼ p tew Noble Peace @ 22/1
Selected Kempton – all weather – polytrack
4.05 It’s not a deep maiden and the fav is brown Delivers who brings the best form to the race but was an 50/1 shot when seriously outrunning his odds in Chelmsford City event which was a massive step up on his debut run . That was 4 months ago and didn’t look to be screaming out for a longer trip . Thomas Cochrane did well on debut recently at Wolver but has the worst of the draw and of course this is a different surface . Beautiful Crown has done well in both outings , and is proven on the track and worth chancing at this longer trip .
¼ pt ew beautiful Crown @ 8/1
5.15 This is a very low grade affair and very few are running well enough to be considered and ALL find winning very tough . Toofi has been consistent of late in better races but his last win was 7 years ago ! but he’s proven over C&D and this is a golden chance for a most overdue return to the Winners’ Circle . Much bigger odds than I thought he’d be .
½ pt ew Toofi @ 7/1
6.50 Not much early pace in this and the lightly raced Lexington Prince could well control things from a good draw . He recently returned from a break with a solid effort over a trip too far and is already a C&d winner . The admirable Uzinco is a 5 time C&d winner but he’s been hit hard by the handicapper and also has the worst of the draw. Lequinto has also been going well over C&D but was held off this testing mark last time .
½ pt win Lexington Prince @ 9/2
7.20 Very hard safely ruling anything out of this small field stayers handicap but at the odds the nod goes to the useful Koeman, on a fair mark and effective over C&D . The determined Thai Terrier is now on just too high a mark .
¼ pt win Koeman @ 6/1
7.50 Almasherat has certainly had his problems , only 5 runs in the last 2 years but certainly possesses an engine and comes here on the back of a close 4th in a competitive Lingfield handicap in higher grade , doing very well from the worst of the draw . He’s been unlucky in that department again but this has a most winnable look to it and looks too classy for these.
½ pt win Almasherat @ 11/2