Wednesday, 14 March 2012

1.5pts win ALLEE GARDE 17/2( Betfair) Diamond Jubilee National Hunt Chase
1.5pts win TEAFORTHREE 7/1 ( 4 firms) Diamond Jubilee National Hunt Chase

Judging by his run in the Fort Leney, Allee Garde would not have disgraced himself in the Sun Alliance. He seems a safe enough conveyance, is expected to get this marathon trip, and is hard to get away from.

Provided he proves fully effective on good ground, Teaforthree should give a prominent display from the front. He has acquitted himself well against some quality novices and shapes like a horse who will get this trip.

Teaforthree won + 9pts

1.5pts win SOUS LES CIEUX 6.8/1 (Betfair) Neptune Investment Management Novices´ Hurdle
1.5pts win MAKE YOUR MARK 9/1(Betfair) Neptune Investment Management Novices´ Hurdle

Sous Les Cieux has run in three consecutive G1's and was confidently ridden when failing to pick up and catch the 50/1 Benefficient last time. He seems more ideally suited by this sort of trip, can turn that form around, and has strong claims.

Strictly on form, Make Your Mark's third in the mud to Boston Bob last time was his best piece of form. However, he is very likely a bit better on todays sort of ground and looks sure to give a very good account of himself.

Lost - 3pts

3pts win BOB'S WORTH 4/1 ( 2 firms amd exchanges) RSA Chase

On the strength of his novice hurdle season, Bob's Worth's chasing campaign has been slightly disappointing as one could have envisaged him arriving here unbeaten. However, he underwent a breathing operation after finishing behind Grand Crus at Kempton and shaped well last time on his first run since. He has a sporting chance of reversing that Kempton form and is worth supporting at around the 4/1 mark.

won + 12pts

2pts win DARE ME 14/1 (Generally available) Coral Cup
1pt win THIRD INTENTION 31/1 (Betfair) Coral Cup

Dare Me has been unfortunate to have two serious interuptions in his career. Firstly, after looking highly promising when winning a Haydock bumper in November 2008 he was missing for 15 months. After he re-started his career with a useful Spring campaign in 2010, including when narowly beaten in the Aintree bumper; he embarked on a novice hurdle campaign in the Autumn winning his first two starts but then incurred a setback which kept him off for another 15 months. Now an 8 year old, he reappeared agin recently and has run promisingly in his two starts and looks to have been laid out for this. This could at last be his big day.

Third Intention has a very stiff task when you consider he finished in the mid-div off an 11lb lower mark in the Betfair Hurdle. However, the hike in the ratings comes from an improved performance when stepped up to this sort of trip at Fontwell last time. That performance, along with his course form here gives him a real chance and he is one to take aboard.

Lost - 3pts

2pts win ROYAL GUARDSMAN 8.8/1 (Betfair) Weatherbys Champion Bumper
1pt win JETKI 17/1 (Betfair) Weatherbys Champion Bumper

Royal Guardsman looked the part when winning a hot Ascot bumper. From a yard that has taken this event in the past he appears to have as good as chance as any here.

Jetki's yard have also taken this before with Cork All Star. Jetki is unbeaten in his two starts and beaten a stable companion comfortably last time in a race were the right horses occupied the top spots.

Lost - 3pts