Saturday, 31 December 2011

2pts win DEN OF INIQUITY 12/1 (Betfair) Betfred Mandarin Chase
1pt win LEADING CONTENDER 12/1 (Betfair) Betfred Mandarin Chase

Since the ceiling rating was lowered for this event it bears no resemblance to the renewals of old. However, despite a lack of real quality these two are hard to resist at double fig odds.

Den Of Iniquity will soo turn 11 years old but remains lightly raced and still looks capable of a career best performance. His owner likes having a winner at this venue and he did not run at all badly at Kelso last time.

The handicapper is now convinced that Leading Contender is a light of old and has dropped him further in the ratings. He is now off an 8lb lower mark than when in the process of runnning a good race when unseating his rider at this venue just over a year ago. The fact that he reamains with Hobbs is encouraging and he is worth chancing.

Lost - 3pts

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

2pts win GALAXY ROCK 10/1 (Generally available) Coral Welsh National
1pt win CANNINGTON BROOK 16/1 (Generally available)Coral Welsh National

Galaxy Rock looked a much improved performer when winning at Cheltenham last month. He has been raised 11lb but looks a very likely sort here.

Cannington Brook reappears under a penalty after winning at Haydock. He idled up the run in and is better than the bare result suggests. He is far off from reaching his ceiling and should run well if this does not come too soon.

Lost - 3pts

Monday, 26 December 2011

1.5pts win KNOCKARA BEAU 6/1 (Generally available) Betfair Don´t Settle For Less Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase
1.5pts win NEPTUNE EQUESTER 8/1 (Betfair) Betfair Don´t Settle For Less Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase

Knockara Beau races off the same rating as when runner up at Cheltenham earlier this month on his return to the larger obstacles. A repeat of that run would see him go very close here.

Neptune Equester loves it around here. Though 9lb higher in the ratings than last time he looks one who can be relied upon to run his race and should put in a bold effort to follow up.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 17 December 2011

3pts win NEPTUNE COLLONGES 20/1( 5 firms and exchanges) GL Events Owen Brown Silver Cup Handicap Chase

With the testing conditions in his favour, this one is worth chancing at double fig odds in an event that is not overly competitive. He bounced back from a poor effort when winning at Cheltenham last January so the poor Hennessey run can be overlooked and if he produces his optimimum here he possesses the quality to defy top weight.

Lost - 3pts

Sunday, 4 December 2011

3pts win SKIPPERS BRIG 15/2 (Generally available) Monteith Memorial Champion Chase

As borne out by his run when third in the big December handicap at Cheltenham last season,this lightly raced gelding has a touch of quality about him and it is very likely that he'll be turned out here in top condition at a venue where his trainer does well. Off only a 2 lb higher mark than when winning here in March, he goes well in testing conditions and looks sure to figure in the shake up today.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 3 December 2011

1.5pts win NICTO DE BEAUCHENE 10/1 (Generally available) Betfred Becher Chase
1.5pts win SWING BILL 11/1 (Generally available) Betfred Becher Chase

Off a 1 lb higher mark than when running into what will prove to be a well handicapped improving horse at Bangor, Nicto De Beachene has strong claims to taking what is an ordinary renewal of this event provided the blinkers work a second time.

Swing Bill arrives here in good form and has jumped around here before. He has never won off a mark as high as he races off today but his run at Ascot raises hope that he can be copmpetitive off this mark, especially as he has proved he can cope with the course.

Lost - 3pts