Saturday, 22 February 2014

3pts win STANDING OVATION  9/1(Generally available)  Betbright Chase

Not the race of old and if there is a horse in the race who could develop into something better than a handicapper it could only be Standing Ovation. Despite being below par last time he still retains an overall progressive profile but appears to require a right handed circuit to run to his optimum. Indeed, his below par effort at Cheltenham last time was very likely more due to this than finding his revised mark too high. Back to ruuning clockwise, and with the yard in healthy form, he has a fine chance of returning to winning form today.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 15 February 2014

1.5pts win HAWKES POINT 9/1 (Betfair and Betdaq) Betfred Grand National Trail
1.5pts win EMPEROR'S CHOICE 10/1 (Generally available) Betfred Grand National Trial

There's still more to learn about Our Father and it's possible that he could be a bit better than these- however, he's short enough here. especially considering he may not really want 'Haydock heavy'.

Hawkes's Point is 6lb higher in the ratings than when narrowly failing to win the Welsh National. He had a hard race that day but if he arrives here in the same sort of form, he'll relish this test and would be the one they have to beat.

Venetia Williams's horses continue in cracking form and Emperor's Choice reappears under a 5lb penalty after a convincing success in a valuable Ffos Los event. He too will relish this gruelling slog and is hard to put a line through.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 8 February 2014

3pts win DELL' ARCA 8/1 ( 6 firms and both Exchanges)  Betfair Hurdle

The Pipe yard is in good nick at the moment and Dell' Arca looks a very likely winner of this event. He hit the ground running when arriving from France in winning the Greatwood - looking to have all possibilities for the future that day. He then unseated at Ascot before he'd been asked for his effort. He's off an 8lb higher mark than the Greatwood today but there is no knowing his ceiling and as he should find the ground poses no problems is definitely worthy of support.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 1 February 2014

2pts win DE LA BECH 7/1 (Generally available)  Burns Pet Nutrition West Wales National
1pt win BOB FORD 13/1 (Betfair)  Burns Pet Nutrition  West Wales National

With only five races under his belt over fences De La Bech has more improvement in him than most of these and will find today's testing conditions ideal. His poor performance last time needs to be forgiven but the Hobbs yard is in healthy form at the moment and he appeals as the most likely winner here.

Locally trained Bob Ford is two from three at this venue, all in similar conditions to todays. He too is lightly raced over fences and open to plenty more improvement. Similarly again with De La Bech, Bob Ford was below par last time when starting favourite at Haydock but it would be no surprise if he returned to his very best today.

Lost - 3pts