Saturday, 28 January 2017

2 pts win WALK IN THE MILL  15/2 ( 5 firms,  8/1 with 2 firms)
1 pt win BALLYNAGOUR 33/1 ( all firms)
Hugo's Restaurant H'cap Chase

Plenty of disappointing and unreliable characters in this and it may pay to take aboard the progressive Walk In The Mill. He's looked much improved this season winning both his outings, the last earlier this month when easily beating a previously out of form Nicholl's horse at Wincanton. That was clearly a weaker race than today's but he is in great heart at present, has the soft ground that he needs, and could be up to defying a  12 lb hike in the ratings.

Ballynagour has never had the career successes for one possessing his raw ability. Of course, there have and are issues with him but you always feel he could suddenly throw in a big run. He's been pulled up on his last two starts, both at this venue. He's off a rating nearly a stone off what he raced off at his peak and at the odds available he is worth a speculative bet as despite his advancing years there is still plenty of talent there, as proven in his two Summer runs.

Lost - 3 pts

1.5 pts win ANOTHER HERO 8/1 ( 14 firms)
1.5 pts win BALLYBOKER BREEZE 11/1 ( at least 6 firms)
SkyBet H'cap Chase

Another Hero looks a real potential improver here. He's only had five outings over fences, the best performance being last time when a close up fourth in a valuable handicap chase at Ascot in December. He has the ideal profile of one that his yard excels with and he appeals as one of the most likely winner of this.

Ballybroker Breeze has plenty of mileage left for a nine year old. In fact he's only had three runs over fences under rules but looked very much one who would pay to follow when s decisive winner at Bangor last time. His yard do not over face their charges and he is one for the short list though further rain would increase confidence.

Lost - 3 pts