Today's Fortune For A Fiver
Dacesa 1.35 @ 10/1
Hold Fast 5.05 @ 11/4
Extracuricular 7.45 @ 4/1
Selected Fakenham – good to soft on this flat and very sharp track
2.55 Mr Jack has done little wrong in all 3 runs this season with two wins at Plumpton and most recently a good 2nd at this trip and mark . Drying ground shouldn’t be an issue and this wont take much winning .
¼ pt win Mr Jack @ 9/2
3.30 The progressive One More fleurie scooted In last time at Donny, first time at this trip , and the 2nd horse waltzed in there yesterday , and despite the 10 pound penalty , has found himself in a most winnable heat .
½ pt win One more Fleurie @ 6/4
Cheltenham – good to soft on this undulating , galloping and stiff track
1.20 Despite the small field, still most tricky as only Tritonis is proven on the ground but the form of his two wins has been let down , but all you can do is win and this useful flat horse has to be considered but worth noting that on the flat he was at his best on level tracks and his trainer , Alan King , is 0 from 62 at The festival ! . Zanahiyr and Quilixios are a pair of unbeaten Irish youngsters who bring top form into the race but the drying ground could be an issue . The most fascinating contender is the ex-French Haut De Couleurs , who is 1 from 1 , the victory coming in a big field in the Auteil Mud with a narrow win , but the pair were 15 lengths clear. He now races for The Donnellys and Willie Mullins and as the trainer wouldn’t be racing him unless he thought he could go close , has to be worth a play at long odds.
½ pt ew Haut de Couleurs @ 25/1
1.55 PREMIUM RACE
2.30 Many of these young staying hurdlers are proven on the trip but the quicker ground is the issue and this gives the prolific Streets Of Doyen a solid chance. He is 4 from 4 at this trip and travelled over to this track in October , on ground soft enough , to get the better of a useful yardstick in Minella Encore . he recently had his warm up race in a Grade 2 hurdle when dropping down to the minimum trip , so obviously that was just a pipe opener for today and this willing hold up type ticks the important boxes of proven over C&d and on the ground .
½ pt ew Streets of Doyen @13/2
3.05 PREMIUM RACE
3.40 The hunter Chase
The highly consistent Billway was fav for this last year and ran very well but was certainly out in his place by 66/1 shot It Came To Pass , who won by a long old way and if the same form , the double could be on despite this looking very competitive with a number of young improving types .
½ pt ew It Came To Pass @ 8/1
4.15 PREMIUM RACE
4.50 A devilishly difficult last race of what has been another thrilling Festival of racing . There are a number of young Irish horses , most going handicapping for the first time , so quite a lot of guesswork . I like the chance of Fire attack who has raced exclusively In top company this season and is in calmer waters today . Unproven on the ground but this late player is handicapped to go well .
½ pt ew Fire attack @ 11/1
Selected Lingfield – all weather – polytrack
1.35 Dacesa has hardly put a hoof wrong since joining david Evans’ stable from Ireland and has gone close a few times here and off around this mark. She’s been going with the pace but has looked a bit short of speed late on giving the impression this extra furlong will suit. Nicely drawn .
½ pt ew Dacesa @ 4/1
2.10 Issues with the longer trip regarding the in form trio of Blue moonrise, Lucky ava and Hotaleena so the nod goes to the well drawn Rosemary and Thyme , a running on close 5th over C&D when unlucky in the run .
¼ pt win Rosemary and Thyme @ 4/1
2.45 A good quality small field Class 2 sprint handicap and easy to read as the free going speedball Ornate is sure to bomb out , as he did over C&D last time just getting the better of Lihou and Tone The Barone , but with a 2 pound penalty , this is going to be mighty close but at the odds, Lihou worth a play .
¼ pt win Lihou @ 4/1
5.05 Hold Fast comes here on a hat-trick and off just a 3 pound higher mark in a most winnable heat , this late player can mow them down again .
½ pt winn Hold Fast @ 11/4
Selected Dundalk – all weather – polytrack
I’m just having the one play in a typically difficult Dundalk card with host of runners in each race having strong claims
5.00 I was very much with 7 times C&d winner Danz Gift last time as he was looking like he was coming to the boil and was on a workable mark but this late player completely blew the start and that was that. He’s been heavily supported today and from a good draw in a race full of early pace has a great race make up.
½ pt win Danz Gift @ 7/2
Selected Southwell – all weather – fibresand
Tricky stuff again and just a few plays
7.15 Most of these are proven on this specialist surface and come here on good form but at the odds , the in form Little India has improved since tackling longer trips and with extra yardage tonight , could be ahead of the handicapper .
¼ pt win Little India @ 5/1
7.45 The lightly raced Extracuricular did precious little wrong In her first try over C&D , doing well to lead from the inside stall and kept on going well to be a decent 3rd in slightly higher grade and the winner has done well since. Both Fircombe Hall and day trader have a bit to prove on this surface . Could be away and gone.
½ pt win Extracuricular @ 4/1