Wednesday, 26 December 2012

2pts win GRAND CRUS  9/1 ( Hills and both exchanges) William Hill King George V1
1pt win CHAMPION COURT 29/1 (Both exchanges) William Hill King George V1

This is wide open and if the breathing operation has done the trick with Grand Crus then he could be up to taking this. He looked ready made for this event when winning the Feltham here last year, the form of that event now booking absolutely superb with the two that followed him home now up there at the top of the chasing tree.
Champion Court court should not be underestimated. In a normal year he would clearly not be good enough to win this but with question marks hanging over those at the front end of the market he is worth chancing to small stakes. His run in a very good renewal of the Jewson stands up to scrutiny and he shaped well giving weight away on his seasonal debut.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 15 December 2012

3pts win UNIONISTE 5.8/1 (Betfair) Paul Stewart IronSpine Charity Challenge Gold Cup

It's very difficult to put a mark on this fellow. He is for sure very talented and that looked a cracking novice chase that he ran in here last time. His jumping seems assured for on so inexperienced, he'll go in the ground, is open to any amount of improvement and it could be that you'll look back in a few months musing over how well handicapped he was on this day. Alot of unknown about him but worth taking a chance with. 
  
Won  + 16.5pts 

Saturday, 1 December 2012

1.5pts win FIRST LIEUTENANT 11/1 (Betfair) Hennessy Gold Cup
1.5pts win TIDAL BAY 11/1 (Betfair) Hennessy Gold Cup

Fascinating event as always and one of the true highlights of the season. This renewal is up to standard if not vintage. There are only two animals in the field that you could see as potential Cheltenham Gold Cup winners; Bob's Worth and First Lieutenant.

The latter is the value call. He is a gritty sort but doesen't want it bottomless and the improvement in ground conditions will have aided his chance. His run last time behind Kauto Stone was as good as anything he'd produced over fences so far and he now looks on his way to being the class of chaser that was envisaged after his novice hurdle year. Newbury should be the ideal sort of course for him and  it's not hard to visualise him gunning away there in the latter stages.

Tiday Bay lacks the ideal profile for this. He's getting on in years and he hits flat spots in his races and he will not want to be getting too far away from the leading group here. However, in his favour he has all of the ability still there, looking as good as ever over hurdles at Wetherby last time, and his demolition of the field in the old Whitbread was a joy to watch. He has riden 12lb in the ratings for that but it's fully justified and if the cards fall right he is capable of taking this.

Lost - 3pts