Saturday, 27 February 2016

2pts win ZIGA BOY  7/1 ( at least 10 firms)
1pt win RUBEN COTTER 16/1 ( at least 8 firms)
Betbright Chase

Ziga Boy did not look like he'd finished winning in a race of similar quality to this last time and he can defy a further 8 lb hike in the ratings. Though he's won in testing ground in France this sudden upward curve has come on ground no worse than good to soft thus it's encouraging that no further rain is forecast. The stable continues in good form.

Reuben Cotter is clearly difficult to keep sound but returned from a two year absence to win at this venue last year. He's not been seen since finishing fifth in the Topham but he'll clearly be spot on and is one to consider.

Lost - 3pts

Friday, 19 February 2016

3pts win  DIFFERENT GRAVY 8/1( PPower, Hills)
Les Ambassadeurs Casino H'cap Hdle

The winner of last seasons Sidney Banks, Different Gravy is the one animal in this field with pretensions of reaching the higher levels. It may be over fences that he realises his full potential but he does look a quality sort over hurdles and may be good enough to give the weight away here. Fitness should not be an issue despite his absence since last April and he appeals as the value call.

Won + 24pts

Saturday, 13 February 2016

3 pts win WAR SOUND  12/1 (Betfair)
Betfair Hurdle

There is no knowing how high a tier this one could end up on. He still has a Champion Hurdle entry ( unlike the other two Hobbs runners here)  and the 5 lb claimer aboard has been on him in four of his five career starts, thus don't be put off by the yard's jockey arrangement here. He's not been out since winning the valuable May handicap at Haydock but is sure to be spot on for this. He won like one going places on that day and the 8 lb rise in the ratings is far from harsh. Hard to get away from here.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 6 February 2016

2pts win TOP BILLING 11/1( at least 5 firms)
1pt win GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 25/1 (Betfair)
Welsh Champion Hdle

Top Billing narrowly failed to make it five in a row last time but the signs are he is still very much on the upgrade and he is bang in this,even off a new career high rating today having gone up another 4 lb for that effort last time. Fully proven in the mud he is more interesting than his more exposed stable companion, who Harding is aboard but may have not had the choice ( he's only been aboard once in the last two seasons).

Things ain't worked out for Gevrey Chambertin who looked a future star at one time. Nevertheless, he still retains plenty of ability, is two from three on heavy ground, and is worth a small stake today.

Meeting Abandoned