Saturday, 12 April 2014

2pts win MONTBAZEN 13/2 ( 6 firms including Coral and Hills)  QTS Scottish Champion Hdle
1pt win FLAXEN FLARE QTS 12/1 (Generally available) Scottish Champion Hdle

My Tent Or Yours is beatable giving weight away here and the alternatives that interest most are two that ran well in the County Hurdle. The form of that event has already received massive boosts by the runs of La Fontana and Diakali at Aintree and the 3rd and 5th from the race, Montbazen and Flaxen Flare have big claims to today's prize.

Monbazon was absent from the track for two years prior to his Betfair Hurdle re-appearance but the Cheltenham run confirms that he has retained all of his ability. And at a time when some of the yards are drifting out of form it was encouraging that Alan King had a winner here yesterday.

Gordon Elliot's single runner here yesterday was runner up and Flaxen Flare cannot be crossed out in this. He is 14435 in his hurdle runs when sent to the UK, all in competitive affairs, he's a pull in the weights with Montbazon, and he looks pretty sure to be thereabouts.

Lost - 3pts

2pts win MENDIP EXPRESS 15.5/1 (Betfair) Coral Scottish Grand National
1pt win MISTER MARKER 29/1 (Betfair and Betdaq) Coral Scottish Grand National

Absolutely wide open and almost all the runners have some sort of claim here.

Mendip Express is still something of an unknown sort under rules but looked a quality sort when wining three novice chases on the bounce earlier in the season, which came after winning 7 from 9 point to points. He bbv'd when pulled up when favourite against Smad Place and Sam Winner at Newbury in February and appears for the first time since. If he's back to his best today then he looks the most likely winner of this.

Mister Marker ran a cracker when 3rd in this race last year.He is 2lb higher in the ratings this year but has proven himself as good as ever this Spring and is most unlikely to be over the top. While there may not be no real reason to expect him to improve on last years run, the fact is that at this time of year more than the usual number are going to run below their best and he has a far better chance than his odds imply.

Lost - 3pts