Saturday, 16 February 2013

1.5pts win TEAFORTHREE 13/2 (Betfair)  Betfred Grand National Trial
1.5pts win GILE'S CROSS  17/2 (Betfair) Betfred Grand National Trial

Considering the type of ride he requires, it's asking alot for everything to fall into place for Monbeg Dude three times running and as was the case last year, the winner could come from the Welsh National but with the form turned around.

Teaforfree is a lot less complicated than his Chepstow conqueror. He is a safer conveyance and though like the winner he has gone up a bit again for his effort last time, he is a reliable sort who may have further improvement in him and looks sure to give an excellent account of himself.

Last year's winner Gile's Cross is 6lb higher in the ratings and not getting any younger. He was eventually pulled up at Chepstow but ran a blinder, traveling well for most of the race and looking likely to figure until what was hopefully lack of race sharpness took its toll. Provided that strenuous effort has not knocked him back he should be back to his best here and run accordingly.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 9 February 2013

1.5pts win PEARL SWAN  9/1 (Generally available)Betfair Hurdle
1.5pts win CLARET CLOAK 14/1 (Hills) Betfair Hurdle

Pearl Swan is still very much an unknown sort but is clearly talented and it is very difficult to put a line through him here. Perhaps the fact that he's not travelled well through his races on a couple of occasions is a negative but with the ground being fairly testing, he should be able to get into contention in the latter stages.

Claret Cloak has gone up 3lb in the ratings after running a cracker on his seasonal reappearance. However, the overall impression is that he is still progressing, is a real likeable sort, and is certain to figure in this.

Lost - 3pts