Saturday, 29 November 2014

3pts win THE DRUIDS NEPHEW 10/1 ( Ladbrokes, Paddy Power) Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup

Always a cracking race to get stuck into - you often go into this looking at something that could be a genuine Gold Cup horse , with Djakadam and Smad Place being the ones that fit that profile. However, it's not always won by a potential champion and The Druids Nephew is unlikely to be wining a Gold Cup but is a much improved individual since moving to the fast progressing Mulholland yard and has a massive chance today. He ran a lifetime best when chasing home Sam Winner over 3m4f at Cheltenham last time off the same mark as today, giving the impression that he'd have won at around todays trip. His style of running suits this event and he seems sure to give an excellent account of himself.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 22 November 2014

2pts win TRUSTAN TIMES 20/1 (Generally available) Betfair Fixed Brush  H'cap Hdle
1pt win ONE FOR HARRY 64/1 (Betfair) Betfair Fixed Brush H'cap Hdle

Trustan Times won this two years ago off a 6lb lower mark and faced some stiff tasks for the remainder of the season. He finished halfway down the field in lasts years running but his run in the Pertemps Final at the Festival showed every ounce of the ability still remains - he followed that with a cracking run in the Scottish National. Back here after a disappointing reappearance over fences, and with the yard in fair form, on ground that will be ideal, he should acquit himself well from the top of the handicap.

One For Harry is very weak on the Exchanges but is worth a speculative point. His yard is in a glowing state at the moment , the horse loves soft ground and looks a much improved individual of late.

Lost - 3pts

3pts win DOUBLE ROSS 25/1 ( 4 firms inc Bet Victor and Stan James) Betfair Chase

Though he'd be better off in a handicap, Double Ross has a better chance than his price suggests and it'll only take a couple not to perform to their optimum to give him a shout. He ran a cracker on his first run over this trip in the Charlie Hall and on this sort of ground he may just be able to turn the form around - he wasn't stopping clearly has a future at trips in excess of those he'd previously been campaigned over.

Lost - 3pts

Sunday, 16 November 2014

3pts win KATGARY 18/1 (Betfair) Stan James Greatwood Hurdle

This is going to be a slog and Katgary at least has winning form in heavy ground - on the sole occasion he has encountered those conditions min a Enghein hurdle race. He ran a cracker on his first race in the UK, when narrowly failing to take the Fred Winter, looking one with an interesting future, He then finished sixth when favourite for a big field amateur event at Aintree, and reappeared at the same venue last month, only beating one home. There is still plenty to learn about him but a repeat of the Fred Winter run would put him in with a big chance here and he's worth a go at the price.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 15 November 2014

3pts win EASTER METEOR 13/1 (Betfair)  Paddy Power Gold Cup

This one's chance is there for all to see but remains a couple of points longer than perhaps he should be. Still in with a big chance of winning when coming down in this last year, he has a pull in the weights with the winner, will not be inconvenienced by the proper soft ground, and will be primed to the optimum on his first run for the Pipe yard who have a spectacular record in this event. He is albeit 8lb higher in the ratings than last year and would be vulnerable to something with pounds in hand but all in all he appeals as one who'll be a big player today.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 8 November 2014

1.5pts win SIR WALTER SCOTT 39/1 (Betfair) Betfred November H'cap
1.5pts win RHOMBUS 35/1 (Betfair)  Betfred November H'cap

Former Ballydoyle inmate Sir Walter Scott is clearly the Cumani second string here but is selected in the hope that the soft ground might bring out an optimum. He's lightly raced, but clearly has plenty of ability proven by his creditable 7th in the Ebor off a 3lb higher rating than today, and a repeat of that run would put him in with a chance. He disappointed with the blinds on for the first time on his last run but the headgear remains and he may just surprise here.

Rhombus was well beat in the Cesarewitch but won his previous two starts, the last off a 4lb lower rating than today. He looked to be on the upgrade coming into the Newmarket race and his hold up style of running makes him one that could still be on a winning mark. He's fully proven in todays conditions and has realistic claims.

Lost - 3pts

3pts win JUST A PAR 12/1 (Generally available) Badger Ales Trophy

There's only 16lb covering this whole handicap and Just A Par may just turn out to be a bit better than these - in fact he's the only runner here who has any sort of pretensions to challenge for some of the showcase events and a win here would put him in the Hennessey picture. Runner up in the big staying novices hurdle at Aintree two seasons back, his first season over fences was arguable a shade disappointing. He was highly tried most of the time though and there is still time for him to make a name for himself and a big run looks on the cards here.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 1 November 2014

3pts win MOUNTAIN KING 6/1 (Generally available) William Hill H'cap Hdle

Phillip Hobbs's horses are absolutely flying at the moment and Mountain King is impossible to pass by here. A young progressive handicap hurdler who should pay blind support this season, Mountain King ran  a very satisfactory race on his reappearance at Cheltenham last month and will be 100% spot on for this.

Lost - 3pts

3pts win GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 11/1 (Betfair) United House Gold Cup H'cap Chase

There is still plenty to learn about this individual - he looked to have enormous potential when winning the big fixed Brush event at Haydock last November but blotted his copybook, albeit when thrown in at the deep end on his first two runs over regular fences in the spring. He then reappeared at Bangor where he looked to have a straightforward task but he made a meal of it and may be one who needs to be in the right mood . However, there is no doubting his raw ability and he's worth support at fairish odds.

Lost - 3pts