Saturday, 27 January 2018

1.5 pts win FLYING ANGEL 12/1 ( at least eleven firms)
1.5 pts win WARRIORS TALE 12/1(at least five firms inc Hills and Victor)
Sky Bet Chase

Former Imperial Cup winner Flying Angel put up a meritable performance to beat Cloudy Dream and Top Notch at levels in the big 2m 4f novice chase at Aintree last April. That performance was on good ground but he's equally effective in the soft and is worth taking a chance with despite not being proven over this trip, and not being at his best so far this season.

Warrior's Tale is 4 lb higher in the ratings on the back of his excellent Newbury run last time. That tier of form makes him one to consider here. The combination of distance and ground will not pose any problems ( his best run over hurdles was over 3m 2f in the soft) and he should give a good account of himself today.

Lost  - 3 pts

Saturday, 20 January 2018

2 pts win TINTERN THEARTRE 13/2 ( at least 6 firms)
1 pt win CAPTAIN REDBEARD 14/1 ( at least 3 firms inc, Hills and Victor)
Peter March Chase

Tintern Theartre has the profile of one that his trainer excels with, a staying novice chaser competing in open handicap company. This ground holds no fears for him, he won in the style of an animal quite a bit off his ceiling last time, and should give an excellent account of himself here.

Captain Redbeard won here in similar testing ground to todays last time. The 9 lb hike in the ratings is not lenient given the field was a bit depleted but you are halfway there if you are able to go in the conditions and he has a better chance than the weights and measures suggest.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 13 January 2018

2 pts win INDIAN CASTLE 8/1 ( at least eight firms)
1 pt win ON THE ROAD 14/1 ( at least ten firms)
Classic H'cap Chase

Indian Castle has not developed into as good an animal as he promised to do when on that progressive streak when in the McCain yard four years go. He does however retain plenty of ability and has run two good races, both at Cheltenham , this season. He is clearly capable of winning off the sort of rating he races off, is in shrewd hands, and will not mind the testing ground.

Anyone fancying On The Road for the Welsh National must consider him here. He UR'd at the fourth that day, the first time he's ever parted with his rider. He has an overall profile of a promising staying handicap chaser with more improvement to come, and looks the right sort of type for this event.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 6 January 2018

2 pts win ASK THE WEATHERMAN 14/1 ( at least ten firms)
1 pt win ON THE ROAD  20/1 ( at least seven firms)
Welsh Grand National

Ask The Weatherman has won nine of his ten point-to-point starts and though he finished only seventh in the Cheltenham Foxhunters, he was not beaten far at all. He gave weight away all round when winning at Exeter in November on his seasonal debut. His connections have had numerous quality animals pass through their hands down the years and Ask The Weatherman, who acts in the mud, will not be here to make up the numbers.

On The Road has only had five outing over fences but was progressing pretty quickly at the end of last season. He acts in testing ground and appeals as one who will stay this trip. Had a nice sharpener over hurdles on his seasonal debut and catches the eye off a low weight.

Lost - 3 pts

Monday, 1 January 2018

3 pts win TOP GAMBLE 9/2 ( over three quarters of all firms)
Festival Betting H'cap Chase

This one is five pounds lower in the ratings than when running well in this last year. He is in his element in testing conditions and could not have been expected to match the class act he came up against at Cork last time. The stable had a couple of winners yesterday and he looks sure to give an excellent account of himself.

Lost - 3 pts