Saturday, 11 December 2010

3pts win SENTRY DUTY 7/1 (Generally available) Unicon Homes Relkeel Hdle

This gelding has done some big favours over the past few years and while he may not have gone as far as envisaged on the day he slammed Celestial Halo at Doncaster, he is a high class animal but one without a suitable championship race for him at the festival. There was generally two rules in determining his chances; firstly he needed to be fresh, secondly he dosen't like Cheltenham. He went and blew the second proviso out of the water here last January and lines up here with plenty going for him. Andrew Tinkler gets on fine with him and the riding arrangements in this race should not be looked upon as a negative and it will be surprising if he fails to perform here.

Lost - 3pts

3pts win SUNNYHILLBOY 10.5/1 (Betfair) Vote AP Gold Cup

Sunnyhillboy ran a level below his best in the Paddy Power, a race he looked to have a realistic chance of winning. He was never really going from an early stage though shaped reasonably enough in the end. Given that he has an overall progressive profile and regularly gets his head infront, ran to his optimum at this venue in a large competitive field last March, is open to further improvement and is reasonably handicapped; he is unlikely to run another ordinary race here and in the hope that he wasen't as tuned up as he could have been last time, he is the one that catches the eye and looks sure to give an excellent account of himself.

Lost - 3pts