Saturday, 27 February 2010

2 pts win NACARAT 5.4/1(Betfair) Racing Post Chase
1 pt win ATOUCHBETWEENCARA 14/1(Generally available) Racing Post Chase

Nacarat ran much than the final result indicates in the King George and showed without doubt that he is as good as ever. He lines up off an 11lb higher mark than when destroying a similar sort of field in this last year and is much the preferred option of those at the head of the market. Of the others, Fistral Beach would certainly have been over double his price if he was from less glamourous yard and Walsh wasen't attempting to do the weight,Kilcrea Castle appeals as one who will come into his own in the marathon races,while Madison Du Berlais is becoming harder to predict and would want better ground than this. Of the others, it may be worth having a point on Atouchbetweencaca, now back with Venetia Williams.He will love the ground though is not devoid of pace and if he is up to being competitive off this sort of handicap mark will not be far away.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 20 February 2010

2pts win RIVERSIDE THEATRE 10/1 ( 3 firms and exchanges)Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy
1pt win TATANIANO 16/1 ( William Hill) Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy

With the many of the running plans finalised,it may be worth getting involved in a couple of the Festival events now.The Arkle is generally a race that can be unravelled and with Captain Cee Bee plenty sort enough, plus the question mark hanging over Sizing Europe of whether he will find when coming off the bit, a couple of the home contenders make plenty of appeal.

Riverside Theatre was useful in bumpers and had a successful campaign in novice hurdles.If staying in that sphere he would have been a player in the conditions events and may even have developed into a half serious contender for the Champion Hurdle. He has done nothing wrong in his two starts over fences, has the important gift of being able to travel comfortably in his races and it's only the opposition that he has faced that has prevented him from receiving a higher rating in this discipline.He seems sure to start shorter than he is now and is a very likely type. Tataniano remains an exciting 2 mile chase prospect despite his defeat last time. That defeat over a trip and ground that were not ideal can be overlooked, and he will be a different prospect back on a course that he acts well on and on better ground. There is a plus from that defeat as he has now become attractively priced and is sure to start a good few points shorter on the day.

Lost - 3 pts

Friday, 12 February 2010

3 pts win MAMLOOK Totesport Trophy Hdle 9/1 (Generally available)

This talented dual purpose performer has been placed in a couple of Cesarewitchs's, has been narrowly beaten at Royal Ascot, and run well in competitive handicaps in this sphere. He was becoming a near miss horse but looked a new horse when winning a competitive Ascot handicap eyecatchingly 3 weeks ago. Although nowhere near as valuable as this in monetary terms, the top weight in that event Lough Derg ran off a similar rating to Blue Bajan here, and in running third advertised the quality of that event. The beaten favourite in that race lined up with a fair reputation and the gulf between that event and this is nothing like the difference in prize money suggests and there are realistic possibilities of Mamlook defying a 5lb penalty here. The drop back in trip will not be a hindrance and though his best pieces of form have been right handed ( noticeably at Ascot); that is probably just incidental as he was running a blinder at Aintree in the spring prior to not getting fully home over the 3m trip.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 6 February 2010

1.5 pts win PEPSYROCK 13.5/1 (Betfair) Blue Square H'cap Chase
1.5 pts win TAROTINO 22/1(Betfair) Blue Square Hicap Chase

Pepsyrock's form has come in much smaller fields than this but with his ability to travel well throughout his races, todays scenario should be fine for him and at double figure odds, he is more appealing than most.This race may may not take as much winning as seems likely at first glance and he is one of the more likely to reproduce his optimum form here.

Tarotino likewise catches the eye at the odds available.He appears for the first time since disappointing in the Paddy Power but his yard have recently hit form after being out of sorts all season and a much improved performance can be expected. The drop down in trip will not be a hindrance, he has won round here before, and prior to Cheltenham his career had been on an upward curve.

Lost - 3 pts