Saturday, 28 April 2018

2 pts win ROCK THE CASBAH 12/1 ( at least five firms inc Ladbrokes and Victor)
1pt win BAND OF BLOOD 49/1 (Betfair Ex)
Bet 365 Gold Cup

Phillip Hobbs's horses have been running fairly well in the past few weeks after an overall quiet season and this one can get in the mix here. He finished a never nearer sixth in this race last year after not having the best journey through the race. He is effective ridden more prominently as when winning at Chepstow earlier this season. That victory means he races off a higher rating than last year but has plenty of miles left on the clock and should give an excellent account of himself.

Band Of Blood looked in terrific heart when winning at Exeter and Doncaster earlier this year after a very long lay off. he has disappointed in his two outings since but has had a Wind Op in the interim period and could be surprise material.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 21 April 2018

3 pts win HENRI PARRY MORGAN  25/1 ( Generally available)
Scottish Grand National

Two years have passed since this one arrived at Aintree for the big staying novice chase on the back of two facile successes in handicaps, and there was no fluke in him splitting Native River and Blaklion on that. Unfortunately he hasn't gone on from there. An overall disappointing 16/17 with a poor run in this event, and some poor runs this season at a time when he needed a return to something near his best for his rating to get high enough to get in the Grand National. Then, three weeks ago  they stuck blinkers on him at Ffos Los ( had tried a visor once before) and the response was a pleasing success in what was a good handicap. On weights and measures he has claims here and is worth chancing at the odds available.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 14 April 2018

3 pts win GOLAN FORTUNE 14/1 ( almost all firms)
Gaskell's Handicap Hurdle

Put up a very solid effort when narrowly beaten by Topofthegame at Sandown in February, quickening up to challenge before being denied. That was on the back of two victories and after Sandown he appealed as one who would continue to progress. He was then slightly below form when reappearing two weeks later in a Graded event at Haydock. He missed Cheltenham, will be fresher than most and off a 4 lb higher rating than his Sandown run, and with the ground in his favour, has plenty going for him.

Lost - 3 pts

1.5 pts win GAS LINE BOY 29/1 (Betfair Exchange)
1.5 pts win PLEASANT COMPANY 41/1 (Betfair Exchange)
Randox Health Grand National

Gas Line Boy is not always foot perfect but got around here in this last year to finish an excellent fifth. He won the Grand Sefton in similar testing ground to today's back in December and looks the type that will be ideal for the combination of a marathon trip on heavy ground - in fact, he appeals as one who will keep going forever. Lacks that touch of quality of some of his rivals but this will be a real slog today that could play into his hands.

Pleasant Company is another who ran a cracker in this last year. finishing ninth after nearly coming down at second Valentines when bang in contention. He had previously won at Fairyhouse in heavy ground with a few of today's rivals behind him, and looking further back won a sixteen runner competive handicap at Punchestown in April 2016. He's been below form in his two outings this season but has plenty of pluses in the context of today's race and could be worth taking aboard.

Lost - 3 pts

Friday, 13 April 2018

2 pts win LANDIN 12/1 (at least eight firms)
1 pt win JESTERS JET 25/1( 3 firms inc PPower and Victor)
Alder Hey Children's Charity Hurdle

Landin is in great heart at the moment and decisively beat a very useful and reliable yardstick last time out. The testing conditions are ideal for him and he appeals as a likely winner of this event.

Jester's Jet hails from a yard that is on a notable upward curve. The horses are also in excellent form at the moment so everything is worth a second look. The combination of ground, trip and fast pace should be ideal for this one who should give a good account of himself.

Jester's Jet Won  + 23 pts

3 pts win MS PARFOIS 6/1 ( at least a dozen firms)
Mildmay Novices Chase

This is one of the most likeable mares in training and ran a gallant race when narrowly touched off in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham. She is no slow coach however, is still progressing and can turn around the Kempton form with Black Corton who was a shade disappointing in the Sun Alliance.

Lost - 3 pts

1.5 pts win TOP GAMBLE 12/1 ( at least eleven firms)
1.5 pts win BALLYALTON  14/1 ( at least six firms)
Randox Health Topham

Top Gamble has some smart pieces of form in the book and arrives here on the back of a cracking run in the Grand Annual. The yard's other runner in that event came out and ran well here yesterday and this one looks a very likely type for this, being a safe conveyance nowadays and one who should handle the fences without a problem.

Ballyalton has not been the horse he promised to be when finishing runner up to Faugheen in the Neptune. His career has been shackled by setbacks and long absences but in the context of this event, he is is a mightly interesting contender and ran a pleasing race at Cheltenham last time.

Lost - 3 pts

Thursday, 12 April 2018

3 pts win RENE'S GIRL 6/1 ( at least four firms inc PPower and Victor)
Big Buck's Celebration Manifesto Novices Chase

Niggly doubts exist over a few of these and in receipt of the sex allowance, Rene's Girl could take some passing. She is in great heart at the moment, has a terrific attitude to the job, and the level of the form displayed at Huntingdon last time is better than it looks at first instance - the runner up being a very useful mare in her own right.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win DEFINITLY RED  9/1 (Betfair Ex)
Bowl Chase

Clearly did not show his true form at Cheltenham and was never going particularly well from a very early stage. It's a guessing game whether he'll be back on song here but it's more likely than not he will, and there is no knowing if the Cheltenham race has taken the edge off Might Bite. Makes plenty of overall appeal here.

Lost - 3pts

3 pts win BALNASLOW  5/1 ( almost all firms)
Randox Health Foxhunters

Most of this one's notable runs have been on Spring ground but his run in the Thystes a few seasons back is on weights and measures arguably his best piece of form and was in soft ground. He ran a cracker to finish runner up in this last year and followed up by winning at Punchestown over a longer trip. Like last season he arrives on the back of a fairish run in the Cheltenham Foxhunters, has an experienced and highly competent rider aboard, and must surely go close today with the ground bringing his stamina into play

Won + 15 pts

1.5 pts win TOMMY SILVER 9/1 ( at least a dozen firms)
1.5 pts win GINO TRAIL 14/1  (Betfair Ex)
Red Rum H'cap Chase

Tommy Silver looks to have been laid out for this.With only four runs over fences he is hard to weight up but his form in the Wayward Lad was decent despite finishing last of the three finishers. Needless to say there is a hell of a lot more to come from him and novices have an excellent record in this.

Gino Trail has the opposite profile but is better than ever despite in the veteran stages of his career and has relatively few miles on the clock, his career being interrupted by several long spells on the sidelines. Would not want the ground to dry out any further but it'll be easier underfoot than last year when he finished sixth and a bold showing is expected.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 7 April 2018

3 pts win REVEREND CRUST 10/1 ( at least eight firms)
Totescoop H'cap Hdle

Hails from a permit holder set up that have caught the attention for their exploits with Irish Roe. Reverend Crust is in good heart at the moment and is ideally suited by the testing conditions that he will face today. Unless Taxmeifyoucan proves to be a good deal much better than his present mark, then there is nothing to be too much scared of and he is the value call in this.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win DONNAS DIAMOND 4/1 ( almost all firms)
Edinburgh Gin H'cap Hdle

Even giving weight away all round, this one will take an awful lot of beating here. He hugely impressed with his attitude when winning the Rendlesham in similar testing conditions at Haydock. This came on the back of winning a handicap in similar conditions at the same venue by a wide margin. He races off a considerably higher rating today but would certainly have won that event off today's mark and there is nothing not to like about him.

Lost - 3 pts

Monday, 2 April 2018

2 pts win BELLSHILL 12/1( at least eight firms)
1 pt win ISLEOFHOPENDREAMS 23/1 (Betfair Ex)
Irish Grand National

Bellshill has a real touch of quality about him. Third behind Might Bite in last season's Sun Alliance, he was off the track until making a winning reappearance in a graded event here in February where he looked as good as ever. He acts in testing conditions and will be a big threat to all if his stamina lasts out.

Isleofhopeandreams does not fit the profile for a winner of this age wise but does not have many miles on the clock for an 11-year-old. Clearly hard to keep sound, he was only having his third race over fences in a valuable Punchestown handicap when coming through travelling well from the rear to hit the front only to be denied by Folsom Blue's renewed challenge. A typical Fleminsfirth who goes well in the mud, there might be just a little more to come from him.

Lost - 3pts