Saturday, 25 February 2017

1.5 pts win MYSTEREE 10/1 ( all of the major firms)
1.5 pts win OUT SAM 12/1 ( almost all firms)
Eider Chase

Mysteree finish fourth in this last year and there are reasons to suggest he may be a lot closer  this time round. Today's ground is more testing than that prevailing 12 months ago - this will be ideal for him, he wasn't stopping towards the end last year. It was also only his fourth outing over fences. The move between linked yards doesn't have appeared to done any harm - he won a fairly competitive affair at Haydock on his first run since the change and the run last time out is probably best ignored - this sphere in general is not filled with the most consistent sorts.

Out Sam is becoming a disappointing sort. He started favourite for the old Ritz chase at the Cheltenham festival last March and was only 16/1 for the G 1 staying novice race at Aintree won by Native River. It's clear that he is not going to be the horse some thought he may turn out to be but has ran two decent races in competitive events on his latest two starts he may just take to this slog.

Mysteree Won  + 13.5 pts

Saturday, 18 February 2017

1.5 pts win VIEUX LION ROUGE 8/1 ( Betfair Ex and Betdaq Ex)
1.5 pts win GOODTOKNOW  12.5/1 (Betfair Ex and Betdaq Ex)
Grand National Trial H'cap Chase

Vieux Lion Rouge has won half of all of his starts under rules and arrives here on the back of a Becher chase success 11 weeks ago. He is best fresh thus the break in between will have been ideal. He's won around here before and is impossible to cross off the short list.

Goodtoknow is in the form of his life, the merit of his run when second in a similar race to this at Warwick being confirmed when he went on to win a decent event at Hereford last time. His yard has been finding additional improvement from it's charges over the past year or so and this one must be considered here.

V.L.Rouge Won  + 10 pts


Saturday, 11 February 2017

2 pts win WILLIAM H BONEY 11/1 ( 4 firms inc PPower, St James - and Exchanges)
1 pt win SONG LIGHT  16.5/1 (Betfair Ex)
Betfair Hurdle

William H Boney put up a really neat performance when winning at Cheltenham two weeks ago, travelling comfortably most of the way and appealing as a horse with a lot more to offer. His yard is in good from, the ground is ideal and there is no apparent reason why he shouldn't run a very big race under a 5 lb penalty.

Song Light ran a cracker on his seasonal debut in the Greatwood. He's not been seen since and looks to have been put away for this. Very much one to consider here.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 4 February 2017

2 pts win JUST A PAR 7/1 ( 7/1 or bigger with at least 6 firms)
1 pt win VALLEYOFMILAN 20/1 (everywhere)
Edinburgh National

Just A Par races off the same rating as when just touched off for a second Whitbread back in April. He's had one outing since which he'll no doubt come on for and today's ground will be absolutely ideal for him. Overall, everything is going for him here and he warrants support.

Valleyofmilan is another who is ideally suited by the ground not being too soft and he lines up here in great heart. He unseated at his only previous attempt at this sort of trip but has the pedigree of an out and out stayer and could put up a bold show here.

Lost - 3 pts



3 pts win OTAGO TRAIL 11/2  ( 11/2 or bigger with at least 6 firms)
Masters H'cap Chase

This one is at home in testing conditions and has run two excellent races in his last three starts.Although he was unable to confirm his Rehearsal Chase winning form with Bristol De Mae in the Peter Marsh the other week, it was probably more of a case of the Twiston -Davies horse suddenly going places as opposed to Otago Trail being below par. He should give an excellent account of himself today.

Won + 16.5pts