Wednesday, 11 April 2012

2pts win GRUMETI 7/2 (Generally available) Matalan Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle
1pt win SADLERS RISK 8.6/1(Betfair) Matalan Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle

Alan King excels in these events and has won this race twice in recent years. Grumeti appeals as the type who will appreciate this less taxing circuit and has first class prospects of reversing the Triumph form here.

Sadler's Risk is almost certainly better than what he showed in that race and it would not come as a great shock if he went on to have a better second season than the rest of the Cheltenham field. Provided the rain keeps away and the ground continues to dry he will run a big race.

Grumeti won 3.1/1 ( deduct for R4) + 5.2 pts

2pts win BURTON PORT 9/2 (Generally available) Betfred Bowl Chase
1pt win DIAMOND HARRY 20/1(4 firms and exchanges) Betfred Bowl Chase

The first two home in last seasons Hennessey are of some interest here. Burton Port, who won at this meeting in his novice days, was away from the track for over a year after the Newbury race but has returned better than ever. Provided his two most recent races have not taken their toll, he will give a very good account of himself.

Diamond Harry has lost a bit of his aura recently but probably has another couple of valuable prizes in him and has the raw ability to cause a minor surprise here.

Lost - 3pts

1.5pts win CLOUDY LANE 17/2 (Exchanges) John Smith´s Fox Hunters´ Chase
1.5pts win BOXER GEORG 17/2 (Exchanges) John Smith´s Fox Hunters´ Chase

Cloudy Lane is experienced over these fences and has adapted well to the hunter chase sphere. He ran a fair race in the Cheltenham Foxhunters and looks set to go well here.

Boxer Georg went close to winning this last year and should be alot closer to Cloudy Lane than he was at Cheltenham and has a serious chance of winning this himself.

Cloudy Lane won + 11 pts

2pts win KUMBESHWAR 7.6/1 (Betfair) Red Rum Handicap Chase
1pt win ASTRACAD 12/1 (3 firms including Ladbrokes) Red Rum Handicap Chase

A few of these ran in the Grand Annual with Tanks for That coming out best. However, it is worth noting that he disappointed on his only outing here and seems to reserve his best for Cheltenham. Thus with a pull in the weights, and provided the blinkers work for a second time, Kumbashwar can reverse the Cheltenham form with this sharper track being more to his liking.

Astracad was seventh in the same race but looks open to further improvement. He is a danger to all though the present form of the yard is a litle worrying.

Lost - 3pts

1.5pts each way REINDEER DIPPIN 20/1 (Generally available) Silver Cross Handicap Hurdle

This gelding ran a blinder in this race last year, finishing runner up after travelling supremely well for a long way. He is not getting any younger and has a 6lb higher rating than 12 months ago but has proved that he retains all of his ability and another big run is on the cards.

Lost - 3pts