Sunday, 31 December 2017

Annual Results 2017

January   + 3 pts
February + 34 pts
March - 42 pts
April  - 33 pts
May - 12 pts
June  - 51 pts
July  +15 pts
August  - 14 pts
September  + 9 pts
October - 4 pts
November +65 pts
December + 12 pts

Loss of  - 30 pts

Saturday, 30 December 2017

3 pts win GRAND VISION 11/1 ( at least ten firms, 12's with four)
Mandarin H'cap Chase

This one is proven in very testing going, as it will be today. He arrives here on the back of a victory over 2m4f  at Lingfield but this trip will not inconvenience. In 2015 he was a staying on fourth in the Kim Muir, and his best run over hurdles was in this ground at this trip. Despite being eleven year old, a setback after the Kim Muir means he's only had ten runs over fences and is certainly not on the downgrade just yet.

Lost - 3 pts

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

3 pts win BAYWING 6/1 ( at least nine firms)
Rowland Meryck H'cap Chase

Had looked a real genuine Welsh National prospect and despite not having the best of starts to the season, rusty and disappointing first time out then falling at the first last time, it is still surprising that he wasn't left in the Chepstow event. Still, fact is this is the scene of his victory in the Towton last season where he looked pretty smart. The ground can not be testing enough for him and further rain would increase confidence further. Very much of interest.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win FOX NORTON  7/1 ( at least three firms inc PPower and Victor)
King George V1 Chase

Is untried beyond 2m 4f, but has all the other credentials that one would expect in a winner of this. Has turned into an honest, high class performer who you can set your watch by and arrives here on the back of two excellent performances. Not difficult to envisage him winning this.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 23 December 2017

3 pts win SAM SPINNER  8/1 (at least 4 firms,9's with one) JLT Reve De Sivola Long Walk Hdle

Created a fine impression when winning at Haydock last time. He looks a completely new proposition now and a completely different horse to the one outpointed by Mount Mews at Kelo last December, when his limitations looked exposed. There is room at the top at the moment in the staying hurdle category and today could show him to be right in the mix.

Won + 24 pts

3 pts win REGAL ENCORE  14/1 ( at least nine firms)  Lavazza Silver Cup H'cap Chase

Ran a cracker when third in the old Hennessy last time, a respectable nine lengths off the first two home who could both end up being Cheltenham Gold Cup contenders. He won this last year and appeals as the value call off a 6 lb higher mark, but clearly as good as ever. Confidence is also increased by the general well being of the stable's runners.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 16 December 2017

1.5 pts win STARCHITECT 6/1 ( at least (13/2 in places) with three quarters of all firms)
1.5 pts win GUITAR PETE 11/1 ( at least nine firms)
Caspian Caviar Gold Cup

There is still a bit more to find out about Starchitect and it would be surprising if his form had leveled out. His run here last time was a career best over fences and he appeals as the one most likely to come out best of those that ran in that event.

Guitar Pete was also in the field but his chance went after being badly hampered at the first. Anyone making out a case for him having a chance going into that race, must likewise have him on the short list here.

Guitar Pete Won - +15 pts

3 pts win OLD GUARD 12/1 ( almost all firms)
Unibet International Hurdle

Seems to have been around for ages but is still only six. Won this event two years ago and while he was beaten fair and square last year by The New One and My Tent Or Yours, he arrived here that day on the back of two races over fences followed by a disappointing run back over timber. He lines up here after a pleasing start to the season and could be on an unexpected upward curve.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 9 December 2017

3 pts win THE LAST SAMURI 10/1 ( at least 6 firms)
Randox Health Becher Chase

Has a big pull in the weights with Vieux Lion Rouge on last season's running of this, and while the Pipe horse improved further in the months after, The Last Samuri shaped well over hurdles on his prep for this while it was strange to see the Pipe horse running in the Charlie Hall, as he doesn't take much racing and is best fresh, as when winning this first time out last year. The Last Samuri has never won in heavy but it was soft when he was runner up in the 2016 National and most of the good progeny of his sire go well in the mud.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win JENKINS  13/2  ( at least two thirds of all firms)
December H'cap Hurdle

One of the most hyped up horses in training. On the face of it he was disappointing in the Greatwood but did run as if a bit rustyish and should be spot on here. There can  be no excuses for him if he fails to deliver an optimum performance today and he has prospects of reversing the form with William H Bonney who doesn't always find off the bit.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 2 December 2017

3 pts win FLYING TIGER 16/1 ( at least 10 firms)
Fighting Fifth Hurdle

Buveur D'Air was the worthy winner of a substandard renewal of the Champion Hurdle and consolidated the form at Aintree. Although he won first time out last season he may just be vulnerable in what could be a messily run  event. Irving's won this twice but has not turned out the horse he promised to be as a novice. Flying Tiger would be two stone better in if this was a handicap - however , he'll be fine in the ground, is a potential big improver, and has a far bigger chance than the weights and measures suggest.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win AMERICAN 13/2 ( at least seven firms, 7's with two)
Ladbrokes Trophy Chase

One of the biggest buzz races in the calendar. If there is a future Gold Cup winner lurking somewhere in this field then it can only be American. In short, we just don't know what is ceiling will be as there is still so much to find out about him. He's won all three races over fences, looking a genuine top class prospect, and as he reportedly does not take a lot of racing, he will be absolutely spot on for this.

Lost - 3 pts