Saturday, 26 April 2014

2pts win GODSMEJUDGE 12/1 (Generally available) Bet 365 Gold Cup
1pt win HOUBLON DES OBEAUX 25/1 ( 6 firms including Ladbrokes and Hills) Bet 365 Gold Cup

Godsmejudge runs off the same rating as when returning to his very best last time when he went close to taking his second Scottish National. He still has only 11 runs under his belt and there could yet be some improvement to be squeezed out of him. If the Ayr run has not left his mark then he'll put in a bold show today. It's also encouraging that his yard remain in fair form.

Venetia William's yard is not in the best of form at present but Houblon Des Obeaux is of interest here and is worth a go at the odds available. He's been highly tried for most of the season in races such as the Hennessy ( respectable staying on sixth), Gold Cup, and Aintree Bowl. He won at Ascot in December off a 6lb lower mark, and ran a good race at the same venue off today's mark. The way he shaped in the Hennessy gives promise that today's trip will be ideal and he has a a realistic chance of defying top weight.

Lost - 3pts