Tuesday, 31 December 2013


TOTAL LAYOUT = 326 pts
TOTAL RETURN = 400 pts

PROFIT OF + 74pts

Saturday, 28 December 2013

2pts win HAWKES POINT 14/1 ( 5 firms and both exchanges) Coral Welsh National
1pt win TOUR DES CHAMPS 20/1 ( 4 firms and both exchanges) Coral Welsh National

With only five races over fences under his built it's pretty safe to assume that Hawke's Point will be racing off a higher mark than 137 at some point in the near future and after shaping as though needing the run on his reappearance looks set to run the race of his life here. He'll stay forever and the resting ground will be ideal - as shown when he ran the heart out of Gullinbursti at Exeter 12 months ago. He's clearly been targeted at this, is in the right hands, and appeals more than most at the odds available.

Tour Des Champs is a hardy experienced character for a six year old but is the type that his trainer excels with and will be plugging on all the way up the home straight. His trainer mentioned this race as a likely target 12 months ago and in a race where he may get out of rhythm and hit a flat spot, the testing ground will given him every opportunity of staying in contention. He's 5lb out of the handicap but there are far more relevant factors in a race of this nature and he's only a couple of pound higher than when running a fine race in the Scottish National- where he would likely have finished even closer on a more testing surface.

Lost - 3pts

Thursday, 26 December 2013

3 pts win NUTS N BOLTS 9/2 (Generally available) William Hill Rowland Meryck

Nuts N Bolts looked to have improved even further when delivering a commanding performance at Haydock on his reappearance and the 9lb rise in the ratings may not be enough to stop him here and he's lining up here in preference to the Welsh National, a race which he had a live chance in. He drops back in trip today but the testing ground should make it a sufficient enough test of stamina for him and confidence is increased by the present form of the yard.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 21 December 2013

2pts win ROLLING STAR 9/1 (Generally available) Ladbroke Hurdle
1pt win PINE CREEK 20/1 (Generally available) Ladbroke Hurdle

At first instance Rolling Star may appear to have a very stiff task under his weight but he was visually impressive at Haydock last time and this was supported by his trainer's comments that he's a different proposition this season and a live Champion Hurdle contender. He clearly acts well in the soft and looks certain to give an excellent account of himself today.

Pine Creek needs to be travelling well  and stay unruffled. A return to this venue, where he beat Chris Pea Green in a handicap two outings ago, will be more his cup of tea than Cheltenham last time and he has prospects of turning the tables on those that finished ahead of him in the latter event.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 7 December 2013

2pts win WALKON 17/1 (Betfair)  Betfred Becher Chase
1pt win SIZING AUSTRALIA 43/1 (Betfair) Betfred Becher Chase

It may be worth taking a chance with Walkon's staminia. He ran a cracker in what looks to have been an above standard renewal of the Topham back here in the spring, running on strongly up the run in. It's interesting that Alan King ran him in the Scottish National as a novice,when probably past his best for the season, strongly indicating that there is a belief that this trip will be within his compass. In a wide open affair he makes plenty of appeal at the odds available.

Sizing Australia catches the eye at a big price. A cross country stalwart, he's been around for a long time now but showed he's in top form and that he still retains plenty of his ability when finishing second over the Banks at Punchestown a couple of weeks ago. It's not hard to see him outrunning his odds today.

Lost - 3pts