Saturday, 25 March 2017

3 pts win THEATRE TERRITORY 12/1 ( 75% of all firms)
EBF&TBA Mares Novice Hdle Finale

Lots to like about this one.She did everything right when winning on her hurdling debut in December but could not follow up next time when faced with a stiffer task,looking like she wanted this sort of trip, She then got that over today's C&D when, starting odds on, she hit the deck two out when travelling overwhelmingly like the winner.She disappointed last time when put into a Grade 2 event which though she was not entitled to win, it was still probably a below par effort. Both runners from her yard won here yesterday and Seven Barrows have an outstanding record in this event - needless to say this one is well worth a go today at double figure odds on her first start in handicap company.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 18 March 2017

2 pts win MYSTEREE  9/1 ( at least three quarters of all firms)
1 pt win WARRANTOR 22/1 ( at least 4 firms inc Hills and Victor)
Midlands Grand National

Mysteree has won half of his eight starts over fences, quite rare for one plying his trade in these marathon handicaps. He looked in great heart when winning the Eider last time and has prospects of following up off a 6 lb higher rating.

Warrantor catches the eye at the odds available. A repeat of the form he showed at Cheltenham in November would put him bang in this.

Lost - 3 pts

Thursday, 16 March 2017

3 pts win  MASTER BLUEYES 8/1 (Betfair Ex)
Triumph Hurdle

This one has plenty going for him here. He showed decent ground is ideal for him when putting up a fine performance to win the Adonis in the style of a potential winner of this event. The form of that event has received a boost at this meeting through Flying Tiger , and it's worth noting that in the Kempton raced he bossed the runner up Evening Hush with equal authority to what Defi De Seuil had done at Chepstow. From a yard that has won this race twice in the past dozen years, he looks certain to go very close.

Lost - 3 pts

2 pts win THE WORLDS END 11/1 (Betfair Ex)
1 pt win AMI DESBOIS  28/1 ( 3 firms inc Stan James and Victor)
Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle

The World's End is a genuine,progressive stayer who won't be stopping. He put himself in the picture for this when winning a Grade 2 race at Haydock last time. the two that followed him home that day at both previously ran well in graded races and the form is entitled to plenty of respect. This will be the fastest surface he's encountered which is a slight concern, but others here are also in the same boat in that respect.

Amir Desbois appeals as one who'll run a big race at nice odds. He stays all day, has a victory to his name on good ground, and also made Wholestone pull out all the stops here earlier in the season. Certainly not one to rule out lightly.

Lost - 3 pts

1.5 pts win COO STAR SIVOLA  16/1 ( 4 firms inc PPower and Stand James)
1.5 pts win THOMAS CAMPBELL 18/1 ( 3 firms inc PPower and Victor)
Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle

Nick Williams has already taken the Fred Winter here and Coo Star Sivola is very much one for the shortlist here.Unlike plenty hailing from the yard, Coo Star Sivola  is not compromised by Spring conditions, as shown when he ran a cracker to be a close third in the Fred Winter last year.He arrives here in great heart and will not be far away.

Thomas Campbell has looked one to follow right from that Bumper victory at Kelso last May when Henderson went to saddle him instead of going to Chester to saddle up the horse that won the Chester Cup. He won his first two starts over timber this season, albeit without looking anything special, and was a little disappointing when beaten in the Kennel Gate. However, there should be more to come and he is interesting on his first venture in handicap company.

Lost - 3 pts

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

2 pts win FOR GOOD MEASURE 9/1 ( at least 6 firms, 10/1 with Bet365)
1 pt win GAYEBURY 25/1 ( Betfair Ex)
Pertemps Network Final

For Good Measure ran well in the qualifier here in October when beaten inches by a stable companion. He has not been seen since early December, when again running well here off a 3 lb lower rating than tomorrow. He has no doubt been put away with this race in mind and looks set to give a very good account of himself.

Gayebury  has only had four starts over hurdles but is looking a quality sort and has prospects of defying top weight.The form of his second to Willoughby Court at Warwick to January has been given a massive boost at this meeting and he comfortably disposed of his rivals at Chepstow time, fully deserving his hike in the ratings. There's just a little unknown regarding the drying ground but there is enough to like about him to take him aboard.

Lost - 3 pts

2 pts win BARON ALCO 14/1 (at least 10 firms)
1 pt win VOIX DEAU 45/1 (Betfair Ex)
Stable Plate H'cap Chase

Baron Alco's only had five starts over fences but has some eyecatching form. He was not flattered when beaten just over two lengths when trying to give Whisper 5 lb in a hottish  little novice chase at this venue in December, He also put up a credible performance when runner up to the classy Top Notch in the Scilly Isle at Sandown last time. There is surely much more to come and he appeals very much as one who will be in the shake up.

Voix Deau beat a useful field here in April, a repeat of which would put him bang in with a chance. However, he has disappointed in both starts this season, albeit over 3 mile. He's been absent since November but goes well fresh - his win here in April coming off a break since December. He is also 2113 for the amateur aboard ( was on him here in April) and is far too big a price to resist.

Lost - 3 pts

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

1.5pts win MESSIRE DES OBEAUX 12.5/1 (Betfair Ex)
1.5pts win CONSUL DE THAIX  16/1 ( at least 3 firms inc Poer & Victor, 16.5/1 both exes)
Neptune Novices Hurdle

Far more than a two horse affair this and Messire Des Obeaux is a smart performer in his own right. He gave 7 lb and a narrow beating to Ballyandy ( not disgraced when 4th in the Supreme Novices when not getting the run of the race) at Sandown , then followed up by winning the Challow, and ran a cracker when just failing to give weight to Keepers Hill in the Sidney Banks. Hard to find reasons for him not running a big race here.

Consul De Theax began the season with an eyecatching second to stable companion at Sandown. he was fancied to turn the form around at Ascot next time but could not match the impressive winner. Still, it was a fine effort if a little disappointing that he hadn't come on from the previous encounter as much as the winner. He hasn't been out since and there is still plenty to find out about him. It could be that this trip will bring out an optimum performance and is worth chancing st the odds available.

Lost - 3 pts

2pts win AUTOMATED 14/1 ( at least 5 firms inc Victor,Power,St James)
1 pt win MISTER MIYAGI 19/1 (Betfair Ex)
Coral Cup

Runner up in a valuable handicap over 2 mile at Aintree when last over here 11 months ago, Automated showed that he is a better animal over further when winning a competitive Navan event last time in the style of one who had one of the big handicaps in him. The yard's horses are running out of their skin right now and there is plenty to like about his chance.

Mister Magayi has not been seen since disappointing in a Champion Hurdle trial here in early December. He's been highly tried in plenty of races and has normally acquitted himself credibly.It's his first venture into handicap company which clouds matters a little - however he has proven form when fresh and he is one to consider.

Lost - 3 pts

Monday, 13 March 2017

2 pts  win RIVER WYLDE 8/1 ( at least 5 firms inc PPower and St James)
1 pt win HIGH BRIDGE  16/1 ( with 75% of all firms)
Supreme Novices Hurdle

RiverWylde is unbeaten in his three starts over timber and put up an excellent performance last time at Kempton. He looked a class act that day and the form is stonewall solid - beating a good field, a few of whom that had quantifiable form against all the right sort of horses. Hard to leave out here.

High Bridge is likewise 3 from 3 over hurdles and the form of his latest race has been advertised  by those that finished immediately behind him. He was highly thought of enough to take his place in the the bumper here last year when he finished a credible sixth,just over four lengths behind Ballyandy),  and does not look out of his depth here.

Lost - 3 pts

2 pts win SINGLEFARMPAYMENT 15/2 ( at lest 4 firms inc Lads,Coral,St James)
1 pt win PILGRIMS BAY  31/1 (Betfair Ex)
Ultima H'cap Chase

Singlefarmpayment looked one to keep on the right side of when winning here in December , with three decent yardsticks ( even allowing for the fact that the third home has improved since) following him home. He was unfortunate to be brought down on his return here when still going well and he appeals as a very likely winner of this.

Pilgrim's Bay has a couple of better fancied stable companions lining up against him but he is not one to overlook lightly. He won like one with much more to come at Kempton last time and must be entertained at the odds available.

Lost - 3 pts

1.5 pts win BRAIN POWER 7/1 (at least 9 firms)
1.5 pts win PETIT MOUCHOIR 8/1 (at least 11 firms)
Champion Hurdle

This is a very ordinary renewal going into it and there ain't any single animal that scares you here.

Brain Power could be anything. He visually looked superb last time when taking command of a valuable Ascot handicap  and there is just no knowing how far off his ceiling he is. It could very well be that he is already good enough as weights and measures are just guessing how much he had in hand. Impossible to leave out of calculations.

Petit Mouchoir is a much improved performer on the one that finished unplaced in the Supreme Novices on this day last year. The upturn started at Aintree, when starting at 40/1 he ran Buveur D'Air close . That higher level of form has continued since the move to his new yard and he should give a very good account of himself.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 11 March 2017

2 pts win WIILLIAM H BONNEY 7/1 ( at least10 firms - bigger with three others)
1 pt win KAYF BLANCO  10/1 ( at laest 12 firms - bigger with two others)
Imperial Cup

Willim H Bonney went into the Betfair Hurdle with a profile of one who looked markedly on the upgrade and one who would grab a couple of these valuable handicaps. He ran too bad to be true in conditions that should have been ideal for him.May be best to forgive that run and give him another chance in an event that won't take as much winning.

Kayf Blanco is another who likes to get his toe in. He ran a cracker in the Betfair last time, staying on to finish fifth, and ran well here earlier in the season when third to the highly progressive Brain Power. He doesn't do things too quickly but will be staying on up the hill and has a serious chance.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 4 March 2017

3pts win LOOKING WELL 11/2 ( at least 6 firms inc PPower,Victor,Betfred)
Grimthorpe H'cap Chase

This one is really getting his act together over fences now and showed that there are valuable handicap chases in him when staying on well to finish runner up in what use to be the Great Yorkshire at Doncaster last time. He fully deserves the 5 lb hike in the ratings for that and as his ceiling will eventually be a good deal higher than today's rating, he appeals as a likely winner of this. The one worry is the ground - his best form has been on better ground but that may just be incidental and there is still plenty to find out about him.

Lost - 3 pts