Thursday, 15 March 2018

3 pts win REDICEAN 6/1 (P Power, Betfair Sportsbook, and all Exchanges)
JCB Triumph Hurdle

Although he's trained the winners of this event twice and is consistently strongly represented in the juvenile division, it's surprising that eleven years have now elapsed since Alan King last took this event. Redicean has done nothing wrong so far in his hurdling career, winning all three starts in the style of a prospective winner of this event. On all starts he travelled well and showed a smart change of gear. He is proven in the soft and it will be surprising if he doesn't go close to winning this.

Lost - 3 pts

1.5 pts win POETIC RHYTHM  14/1 ( at least six firms)
1.5 pts win BALLYWARD 22/1 ( P Power, Betfair Sportsbook and all Exchanges)
Albert Bartlett

Poetic Rhythm has took his time to get to this level but showed great resolution to win the Challow last time and is very much in the reckoning for this. A typical likeable Flemensfirth, he has not been tried at this trip over hurdles but won a point to point over it two years back and if anything the extra distance should suit.

Ballyward is by the same sire but has less racing under his belt. His win at Naas last time was not advertised by the runner-up  As You Were the other day, but he has to be of interest, as the Wylie owned runners here are rarely pitted out of their depth.He's another who has not tried this trip under rules but was runner-up over it on his only point to point start.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win DEFINITLY RED 12/1 ( at least seven firms)
Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup

Definitly Red looked the real deal last time out, arrives here at the highest point of his career, and has great prospects of taking the Blue Riband for the North for the first time since Jodami twenty five years ago. He races prominently, travels well, acts in testing conditions and the level of his form in the Cotswold last time is good enough to take some past runnings of this.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win NORTH HILL HARVEY 9/1 ( at least seven firms)
Johnny Henderson Grand Annual

A mighty interesting runner in this. He had looked for most of the season to be set to run in the Arkle - he won twice here on his first two starts over fences in the style of a highly promising novice but was then beaten by Sceau Royal in the Henry V111,  and disappointed behind Saint Calvados at Warwick. In light of Footpad's victory the best he could have hoped for was place money on Tuesday but he has a serious chance of taking this. Though making mistakes last time he has jumped safely in the past and clearly likes this venue where he also won the Greatwood over hurdles.

Lost - 3 pts