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