Sunday, 17 November 2019

3 pts win COUNTISTER 25/1 ( Betfair, Betdaq,Matchbook,Smarkets exchanges)
Greatwood Hurdle

Although Geraghty is on the other McManus horse, this one could still very much be a live one. Lightly raced and clearly fragile to train, he can go well fresh which is not surprising, given it would be wasteful to use a race to condition one who will not be appearing too often. The ground will be fine for him and he could run a big race - though confidence would be increased if he shortened on the exchanges in the next few hours.

3 pts EDEN DU HOUX  5/1 ( at least nine firms)
Supreme Trial Novices Hurdle

The smart looking Ecco is not proven on this sort of surface and may be worth taking on. This one had the third horse well beaten off when runner up on his hurdling debut. The winner of that race ran too bad to be true yesterday so the form should not be downrated yet, and Eden Du Houx remains a promising prospect in his own right.

Saturday, 16 November 2019

2 pts win SIRU DU LAC  15/2 ( Hills and Bet Victor)
1 pt win EAMON AN CNOIC 23/1 ( Betfair Exchange)
Bet Victor Gold Cup

The 2m 4f handicap here at the Festival is clearly the key race to mull over here.  That was run on better ground than today's but the winner Siru Du Lac is proven in testing conditions and there is no knowing the level of his eventual ceiling and he may be able to defy the further hike in the ratings.

Eamon An Cnoic was a close fourth in that race. He revels in testing ground and although  Pond House don't dominate this event anymore, it's an event they dearly strive to win and they are in the mix with this one.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 9 November 2019

3 pts win ROCK THE KASBAH 10/1 ( at least five firms)
Badger Beers Silver Trophy H'cap Chase

Is 3 lb above his highest winning rating but there is enough to like to take him on board. He has run well fresh in the past, hails from a yard in healthy form right now, and though considering where he is trained it's surprising he has never run at this venue, he handles all types of tracks, both ways round, so should be fine. Has solid claims and is hard to resist at the odds available.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 2 November 2019

3 pts win ELEGANT ESCAPE 7/1 ( at least this price with nine firms)
Charlie Hall Chase

Has run well fresh in the past and although he is one who relishes a real test of stamina is not a complete slow coach. The ground will assist, he's a likeable sort, full of quality, and is well capable of winning this.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 26 October 2019

3 pts win AMALFI DOUG 11/1 ( at least four firms)
Paxtons Chase

Faces by far his stiffest task to date and is away from his favourite playground of Perth but could still be worth taking aboard. He is in fine heart, still on the upgrade, hard fit, and should not be inconvenienced by the step up in trip.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win SYKES  15/2 ( at least five firms)
Pertempts Network H 'cap Hdle

Is 8 lb higher in the ratings than when finishing runner up in this last season. However, despite advancing years, he developed into an improved performer, is a likeable individual , and is comfortable on testing ground.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 19 October 2019

3 pts win CAPE BYRON 10/1 ( at least five firms)
Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes

Fluffed his lines the last time he was on the top stage in the July Cup but he loves this venue, is able to produce his optimimum in the soft, arrives here in top form and in today's conditions could find an extra couple of pound improvement and win this.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win DELPHINIA 22/1 ( at least eight firms)
Qipco British Champions  Fillies and Mares Stakes

Has been a slow burner as have many good middle distance fillies from her yard down the years. Is now really coming into her own and although dropping down in trip  it is hoped the inside track will be more testing than predicted, as she should outrun her price and is live upset material.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win MAGNA GRECIA 13/2 ( at least four firms)
Queen Elizabeth 11 Stakes

Has not done much wrong in his limited career and has a verified excuse for his run at the Curragh. Guaranteed to be spot on for this, he is the one they have to beat provided he copes with conditions.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win MEHDAAYIH 16/1 (at least ten forms)
Qipco Champion Stakes

Far from a vintage renewal and the outstanding candidate, Magical, may not be over her Longchamo exertions and is worth opposing at short odds. Mehdaayih faded after trying to make all at the same meeting but remains of interest. Ideally suited by good to soft, and with an excellent record when Havlin is aboard, she looked to have a big one in her after the impression she created when winning the Cheshire Oaks and this could be her day.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win BIOMETRIC 11/1 (at least a dozen firms)
Balmoral Handicap

A few lengths higher in the ratings for his Britannia victory on easy ground but ran a cracker at York last time out after disappointing at Goodwood in a Group 3 when things played out wrong. Back on ground that should suit, and still retaining the profile of a future Group horse, he is worth taking aboard here.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 12 October 2019

3 pts win AL SUHAIL 9/2 ( almost all firms)
Dubai Autumn Stakes

 The Solario form is going to look healthy in the long term and this colt, who finished third in the Sandown event, has an excellent chance here. He's untried on testing ground but his smart dam handled it well.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win DARKSIDEOFTARNSIDE 49/1( at least two exchanges inc Betfair and Smarkets)
Emirates Cesarewitch

 Not in the best of best of berths but hopefully the able claimer aboard will get him to a prominent position early. He has hit form having had his conditions on his last two starts and should relish the test today and at the odds available makes more appeal than the plot horses.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win ZANZA 12/1 (at least six firms)
Cotswold Stone Supplies Steel Trophy

 Has the profile of an animal that his yard does well with and appeals as one who has a couple of valuable handicaps in him, having ended last season looking on the upgrade with promise of more to come.

Lost - 3 pts