Saturday, 19 February 2011

1.5pts each way (14/1 Generally available)COPPER BLEU Betfair Mobile H'cap Hdle

This one really catches the eye here,first time back after a breathing operation and very likely to be in good trim for this despite Johnson being aboard Karesinir. When last over hurdles he ran well at all three Spring festivals,finishing fourth in the Supreme Novices, then beaten by inches at Aintree before winning at Punchestown.He hasen't been in handicap company over hurdles but has been given a chance off his mark when you look at the horses that finished around him in the Supreme Novices; Go Native and Medermit developing into a genuine Champion Hurdle contender. He was three lengths off Medermit who at the beginning of last season ran a blinder in a full quality Greatwood off 146. Off a 1lb higher rating Copper Bleu is clearly not handicapped out of this less competitive event. Copper Bleu had a successful novice chase campaign last year, wining the Jewson and this is not the sort of yard that would run him in this sort of race to solely to get him ready for a return to fences.He should be up for this and run very well.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 12 February 2011

3pts win WALKON 5/1 ( Generally available) Totesport Trophy

With Final Approach and Iolith missing from the originally planned race last Saturday, there are two less dangers for Walkon and Soldatino who both have solid credentials and are much preferred to last years winner Get Me Out Of Here who would have to be trusted to return to form and has yet to prove himself off this sort of mark. Salden Licht is hard to get a handle and could still be anything over timber but is only a couple of points longer the the two heading the market. Walkon and Soldatino put up performances of similar merit in the Triumph Hurdles that they ran in. Walkon went on to win impressively at Aintree before being sidelined long term.However, at the end of their respective juvenenile seasons Walkon ( despite a novice chase campaign being considered) appealed more as a Champion Hurdle prospect. Both returned to the track in the same race at Ascot a few weeks back. Walkon ran right up to his very best while Soldatino ran a visually eyecatching race that promises much. In these circumstances I would not be deterred by any bounce effect and would rather take Walkon aboard, and 2 mile in what is likely to be quite testing ground should not hinder him to run to his optimum.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 5 February 2011

2 pts win KILCREA KIM 8/1(Generally available) Totesport Heroes H'cap Hdle
1 pt win LUSH LIFE 12/1 (3 firms and exchanges) Totesport Heroes H'cap Hdle

The highly progressive Kilcrea Kim's winning run came to an end last time out when facing his stiffest task in a race far more competitive than the prize money suggested. He ran a highly pleasing race and just flattened out over the extra two furlongs.Running off the same mark today,and back down in trip, there is every reason to believe that he is yet to reach his ceiling over hurdles and he makes the most appeal here.

The three that followed Lush Life home at Cheltenham last time out have not done anything to advertise the form in their next outings. However,this gelding is a hardy sort who took the scalp of Menorah 12 months ago and appeals very much as a likely sort for the 2m4f - 3m handicaps hurdles at the spring festivals as his type win them events just as often as the plot types.He should be competitive in this off a 5lb higher rating than last time.

Kilcrea Kim Won + 15 pts