Saturday, 18 May 2019

3 pts win FOREST OF DEAN 6/1 ( at least three firms - bigger on exchanges)
Al Zubarah Gold Cup

As always, this is a fascinating race to get stuck into and this renewal is well up to standard. This colt now looks as though he is getting his act together. After winning a humble Newcastle novice event, then getting beat in a Redcar handicap in which the form looks nothing special even for that venue,  he then looked a much improved performer when winning a Doncaster handicap from a few animals who themselves should go on to do OK.

3 pts win LAVENDER'S BLUE  13/2 ( at least half a dozen firms)
Haras De Bouqeutot Fillies Trial Stakes

For those if us who have kept a curious eye on Benny Anderson's small breeding and racing operation down the year's, this fillies success in a Newmarket maiden recently suggested that she has the potential to be the best animal he's been connected with. The fact that she was well supported beforehand indicated that she is held in some regard and she won in the style of filly who will be plying her trade in Group races very soon. It will be surprising and disappointing if she is not involved here.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

3 pts win INVITATIONAL 11/1 ( at least this price with three quarters of all firms)
Oak Farms Stables Fillies Stakes

You can make a case out for plenty of these but Invitational has to catch the eye given the form of her yard. Her form is hard to weigh up but has to be upgraded in light of the two animals that finished closest behind her last time going on to win on their next outings. Admittedly, they too never achieved anything that would put them in with a chance in this but as, shown in the Musidora, the Varian yard does not generally over-face its charges and her chance has to be seriously considered here.


Wednesday, 15 May 2019

3 pts win JAPAN 5/1 ( at least this price with almost all firms)
Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes

There is a feeling that Too Darn Hot may have been rushed into this after his setback making him tempting to oppose at the price. While Ballydoyle have surprisingly never used this event for their best Epsom hopes, Japan was rumoured to be their number one Derby hope through the winter and  he has the opportunity to provisionally put himself at the top of the pecking order tomorrow.

Lost - 3 pts

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

3 pts win RARE GROOVE  14/1 ( at least three firms - bigger on exchanges)
Sky Net Race to the Ebor Jorvik H'cap

This one would be a few points shorter if he was housed in one of the fashionable yards. Showed progressive for last autumn and has started off well this season, appealing as one who is continuing on the upgrade and arriving here in great heart.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win LIMATO 13/2 ( at least this price with nine firms)
Duke of York Clipper Logistic Stakes

This former July Cup winner has his ideal ground and there is every reason to believe he will have another good season, half of which was wasted last year trying to turn him into a miler. The stable is in fair form and fingers crossed he'll be in good enough shape to produce his optimum form.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 11 May 2019

3 pts win THISTIMENEXTYEAR  12/1 ( over a dozen firms)
Pertemps Swinton H'cap Hdle

Ran a cracker at Aintree last time showing a level of form that puts him bang in this. He has a pleasing profile, with a mixture of that stonewall solid performance allied to the prospect that he is now on an upward curve with plenty more left to come. The 7 lb claimer who partnered him for the first time at Aintree keeps the ride for today. Much to like about his chance.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win GLORIOUS JOURNEY  15/1 ( Betfair and Betdaq Exchanges)
Tote Victoria Cup

Started last season  in the Craven. He never came up to classic standard but still ended up wining a Group 3 in Deauville, so deserves the 109 he races off here. He has however been gelded since so there may be further improvement from him. Give in the ground is ideal and with the yard continuing in good form, he is one to be interested in.

Lost - 3 pts

Friday, 10 May 2019

3 pts win RESTORER 6/1 ( at least eight firms)
Boodles Diamond H'cap

It's telegraphed that this has been the plan, arriving here after a long break, just as he did when winning this last year. On ratings the task is more difficult but he is fully effective in soft ground, and the yard are giving signs that they may just be about to hit form.

Lost - 3 pts

2 pts win CLIFFS OF DONEEN  12/1 ( at least half a dozen firms)
1 pt win SPEEDO BOY 20/1( at least half a dozen firms)
Sportpesa Chester Cup

Ralph Becket's already had a couple of winners at the meeting and this ex- Ballydoyle inmate is mighty interesting on his second run for his new yard. He's been fortunate with the draw, has been well supported this morning, and you'd rather take aboard than be against.

Versatile Speedo Boy showed improved form over hurdles during the winter and while he disappointed in his Meydan runs, there is every chance that he may progress further on the level this season. Worth a go at the price.

Lost - 3 pts

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

3 pts win MAGIC CIRCLE 100/30 ( at least five firms)
Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes

Kew Gardens ideally wants better ground and needed the run on his first appearance last season. He is worth taking on with last years Chester Cup winner Magic Circle who, with the owners fondness of this venue, will be fully primed, was formerly effective at this sort of trip, and should not be too inconvenienced by stepping down again.

Lost - 3 pts
3 pts win SOCIETY QUEEN  10/1 ( freely available on Betfair Exchange)
Boodles Diamond H'cap

Not seen since winning a York nursery at the end of last July with give underfoot. Very likely to be spot on in condition given that this meeting has been chosen for her reappearance, has a friendly draw and a 5 lb claimer up who as with mot of the apprentices the yard nurture, will be worth the allowance.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win SIR DRAGONET  8/1 (at least four firms)
MBA Chester Vase

Created a highly encouraging visual impression on his racecourse debut at Tipperary the other week when beating an Aga Khan horse on soft ground. With the predicted easing of the ground today being less of a hindrance to him than most of his rivals,  he appeals as a likely winner of this and the 8/1 available now is worth taking.

Won + 24 pts

Sunday, 5 May 2019

1.5 pts win MELTING DEW 10/1( at least three quarters of all firms)
1.5 pts win NEW SHOW 11/1 (at least three quarters of all firms)
Qatar Handicap

Given how his yard have done so well down the decades in finding further improvement their older handicappers, it is not unreasonable to expect further improvement from the already very useful Melting Dew and it may pay to take his condition on trust for this, his seasonal debut.

The lightly raced New Show reappears under a penalty on the back of a Windsor success. On paper this looks stiffer but his present well being is assured and, if over whatever inflictions he's had, is open to plenty more improvement having only his seventh start here.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win JUST WONDERFUL 11/2 ( at least a dozen firms)
Quipci 1,000 Guineas

Having been a bit in and out,including when disappointing at Royal Ascot, this filly appealed as a potential winner of this when she won the Rockfel here in visually pleasing style, giving the impression that this was the beginning of her taking herself to a new level. The run at the BC need not be considered and she is the one to beat today.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 4 May 2019

3 pts win AL MUFFRIH  7/2 (at least half a dozen firms)
Spring Lodge Stakes

Not been seen last June when, with hindsight, he was far from disgraced in a hot novice stakes at Sandown. At the time he looked sure to win more races. In the interim he's been gelded but retains an overall promising profile and his yard is in cracking form at the moment, so he should not be found wanting condition wise. Has held up well in the market this morning too.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 27 April 2019

3 pts win DREAM DU GRAND VAL  18/1 ( at least three quarters of all firms)
Bet365 Novices Championship Final H'cap Hdle

Was pitted in at the deep end in the Imperial Cup and was overall disappointing despite the task at hand plus the suspicion that he wasn't enjoying the testing ground. His previous progressive profile in this country had come on better ground which he has today and he is not one to dismiss lightly.

Lost - 3 pts

1.5 pts win LE REVE  20/1 ( almost all firms)
1.5 pts win VYTA DU ROC  25/1 ( at least seven firms)
Bet 365 Gold Cup H'cap Chase

Le Reve has been a revitalised performer in the past few months and looked to be really enjoying himself when winning the Grand Military here two outings ago. Ran very well in a competitive Kelso handicap last time and has a far better chance than his odds indicate.

Vyta Du Roc has a better fancied stable companion in the race but a return to the form that saw him fail only narrowly to win this race two years ago would put him in the mix. Has been below form this season but it is interesting that connections have kept hold of him.

Lost - 3 pts

Monday, 22 April 2019

2 pts win ANY SECOND NOW 12/1 ( almost all firms)
1 pt win WHISPERINTHEBREEZE 20/1 (almost all firms)
Boylesports Irish Grand National

Any Second Now won the Kim Muir in the style one who would find this longer trip within his compass. And while the Cheltenham race may have been the season long plan, there is every hope that he will be in similar heart here and he may be worth taking aboard.

Whisperinthebreeze came down when leading in the four miler at Cheltenham. There is room left for improvement in the jumping department but the ground has come in his favour and the yard is in excellent form at the moment.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 20 April 2019

3 pts win CAUSE TOJOURS  4/1 ( at least two thirds of all firms)
Betway Challenger H'cap Hurdle Final

Has run well enough off his present rating to suggest he is still on a winning mark. He has proven form when fresh, so will be spot on after his winter break and has a fine chance of resuming winning ways today.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win MOKAATIL 11/1 ( all exchanges)
Scottish Sprint Cup

Reappears quickly under a penalty following his Pontefract victory on Monday and it would be no surprise if his yard have managed to reform his in and out profile, given he is still young for one racing in these niche events. The lad aboard takes the 5 lb off and he has a fair chance of following up

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 13 April 2019

3 pts win DUKE OF NAVAN  9/1 ( almost all firms)
Scotty Brand Handicap Chase

Despite his age, he has been managed well by connections down the years and retains all of his ability. The ground has come in his favour today and he has excellent prospects of repeating his 2017 victory in this race.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win AZZERTI  5/1 ( at least two thirds of all firms)
J&D Pierce Novices Champions H'cap Chase

Ran a fair race at the Festival and is now stepped up to this trip for the first time.Pedigree suggests he will stay, still has an overall progressive profile and the yard won this two years ago and had the runner up last year.

Lost - 3pts

1.5 pts win CHIDSWELL  22/1 ( at least three firms inc PPower and Victor,  bigger on exchanges)
1.5 pts win TAKINGRISKS 33/1 ( Betfair Exchange)

Chidswell has a lifetime high rating to defy, but he arrives here in the form of his life on the back of a Grimthorpe success that has taken his profile up a notch to a new level. Ground is ideal, trip an unknown but connections place their charges shrewdly.

Takingrisks has similar experience to his stable companion and is also trying this sort of trip for the first time. Has acquitted himself well in some decent races this term and appeals as a likely player.

T'Risks Won  + 33 pts (NR's & exchange reduction reduced advised price to 23/1)

Saturday, 6 April 2019

3 pts COOLANLY 12/1 (at least six firms)
Gaskells Handicap Hurdle

Fifth in the two mile novice hurdle here last year, this Fleminsfirth gelding acquitted himself well on his first venture in handicap company in the Martin Pipe at the Festival. Steps up to this trip for the first time and it could be right up his street.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win ONE FOR ROSIE  11/2 ( at least three firms in PPower and Victor)
Betway Mersey Novices Hurdle

Ran an absolute blinder in a traditionally fiercely competitive novice handicap hurdle at Sandown last month, beaten only inches. He will be making a name for himself in the future and is sure to give an excellent account of himself here.

Lost - 3 pts

2 pts win LAKE VIEW LAD  23/1 ( Betfair Exchange)
1 pt win DON POLI  159/1( Betfair Exchange)
Randox Health Grand National

Lake View Lad has developed into a quality staying handicapper and ran a pleasing trial at Cheltenham last time. He appeals as one who will stay this sort of trip and could play a big part in this.

When Don Poli won his Sun Alliance four years ago he looked an animal who would bag a premium race. Third in the Gold Cup the following year, he then looked an ideal candidate for this but met with a setback after finishing third at Leopardstown the following February, to the subsequent Gold Cup winner. Missing for nearly two years, he's not shown much in his three races since the long absence but is worth a go at the odds, in the hope that he is anything like his former self.

Lost - 3 pts

Friday, 5 April 2019

2 pts win CANARDIER  8/1 ( at least a dozen firms)
1 pt win  THREE MUSKETEERS 23/1(Betfair Exchange)
Merseyrail H'cap Hurdle

Canardier ran a cracker in a more competitive race at Cheltenham. He has less miles under his belt than most of today's rivals and there is more to come from him.

Three Musketeers was third in a Graded novice hurdle here four years back. He hasn't shown that level of form for an age but catches the eye on his first run for Gordon Elliot and would go close off his present rating if returning to anything near his best.

T. Musktrs Won  + 20 pts

3 pts win ITCHY FEET  9/2 ( at least nine firms)
Top Novices Hurdle

A repeat of this one's run in the Supreme Novices  would be good enough for him to win this. Apart from the niggly worry about him bbv'ing, there are no negatives against his claims here and he looks certain to give an excellent account of himself.

Lost - 3 pts

2 pts win JANIKA 13/2 ( at least six firms)
1 pt win SUB LIEUTENANT 50/1 ( Hills and Bet 365 - bigger on Exchanges)
Randox Health Topham H'cap Chase

Janika ran a fine race at Cheltenham and looks a safe enough conveyance for these fences that did not appear to take too much jumping yesterday. He is the only animal in the field with the potential to go on to better things and must be included in any portfolio for this race.

Sub Lieutenant has had a long career mixing it in with the big names and is very useful in himself. He races prominently and could run a big race if getting into a rhythm.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win EBONY JEWEL 9/1 ( at least three firms inc Victor and Bet 365)
Weatherby's Racing Bank Standard Open Bumper

Hails from a yard having a good season. Changed hands for £70,000 last December and looked a highly promising individual when winning by a wide margin at Ayr last month, a piece of form on par with what any of his rivals here have achieved.

Lost - 3 pts

Thursday, 4 April 2019

3 pts win BAGS GROOVE 9/1 ( Ladbrokes, Victor, Bet 365)
Devenish Manifesto Novices Chase

Has excuses for his Kempton Christmas defeat, and if that run is ignored he is right in the mix here boasting a level of form as good as most of his rivals, a track likely to suit, added to the fact that his stable is in healthy form too.

Lost - 3 pts

1.5 pts win SIR JACK YEATS  16/1 ( at least seven firms)
1.5 pts win BEAR'S AFFAIR  25/1 (Hills - bigger on Exchanges)

Sir Jack Yeats is better than his run suggests in this last year, arrives here on the back of what is arguably a lifetime best performance and is a safe conveyance. Should give a really good account of himself.

Bear's Affair finished runner up last year. He arrives here in far better form than the winner (who ran a stinker at Cheltenham compared to last year) and has claims to defy his years.

Lost - 3 pts

2 pts win LADY BUTTONS  8/1 ( at least six firms)
1 pt win WHATSWRONGWITHYOU  16/1 ( at least seven firms - bigger on Exchanges)

Lady Buttons is 9 lb higher in the ratings than when winning a handicap chase at Newbury in December. She has been thriving in the interim period, including three runs over hurdles, and it would be silly to not take her aboard.

Whatswrongwithyou acquitted himself fairly well in his first big field run over fences in the Grand Annual. There is further improvement to come though he'll need to race more prominently here.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win THE GLANCING QUEEN 11/2 ( Hills, Unibet, and Exchanges)
Goffs Mares Bumper

Ran a fine race to be fifth in the Champion Bumper at the Festival, which in the context of this race is the most trustworthy and solid piece of form. Will take all the beating here.

Won + 16.5 pts

Saturday, 30 March 2019

3 pts win BERINGER 8/1 ( at least three quarters of all firms)
Unibet Lincoln Handicap

Has some eye-catching midsummer on offer from last season and looks an interesting proposition for a true run race at this distance. The stable's runners are performing well at the moment and Beringer should not be found wanting condition wise.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 23 March 2019

3 pts win SOME CHAOS 9/2 ( at least this with almost all firms)
Liz Adam Memorial H'cap Chase

Likeable, highly progressive young chaser who had an excuse for his reasonable if below par Cheltenham run prior to returning to winning form last time, looking in tremendous heart. Plenty more to come from him and should take plenty of beating here.

Won + 13.5 pts

3 pts win AYE RIGHT 8.5/1 ( at least this available in the Exchanges)
Paxtons H'cap Hurdle

A game front runner who is a standing dish around here. May look at first instance to be vulnerable to better handicapped rivals but he continues in fine fettle, and further improvement may be forthcoming over this longer trip.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 16 March 2019

3 pts win SHANNON BRIDGE  20/1 ( at least six firms - bigger on exchanges)
Marston's Pedigree Handicap Hurdle

Been below par for a while now including when switched to fences, but it's interesting that his powerful yard that kept hold of him him and this is his first run after a wind op, which was the case with the stable's County Hurdle winner. He's off a winnable rating, should be fine in the testing conditions, and is worth a go at double figure odds.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win MS PARFOIS  10/1( at least this price on all exchanges )
Marston's Midlands Grand National

A likeable who would be interesting in an Aintree Grand National provided there was sufficient ease. Was in fine fettle last Spring, just touched off in the four miler at Cheltenham before running a blinder behind Terrefort at Aintree.  She disappointed on her only start this season in the old Hennessy, but it may pay to forgive that run as she looks the ideal package for this.

Lost - 3 pts

Thursday, 14 March 2019

3 pts win ALLAHO  8/1 ( at least four firms)
Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle

Can become the third Cheveley Park owned winner at the meeting. He stamped himself as one with a big future when decisively winning a Grade 3 at Clonmel last time and there is nothing not to like about his chance here.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win BELLSHILL  11/1 ( at least three firms)
Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup

Was beaten fair and square when third behind Might Bite in the RSA here two years ago but much water has passed under the bridge since and he arrives here with less questions to answer than that rival and has a big claim to this prize. His may not have the exciting profile of one or two of his rivals but he's now a hardened campaigner, who handles hustle and bustle, with plenty of staminia as displayed in his excellent Irish National performance last spring. Walsh has chosen him ahead of his stable companions including Kemboy, who he finished behind in the Savills, and he looks set to give an excellent account of himself.

Lost - 3 pts

1.5pts win MOUNT MEWS  33/1 ( Boylesports - similar on exchanges)
1.5 pt win COOLANLY 33/1 ( almost all firms)
Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys H'cap Hdle

Mount Mews once was potentially the most exciting prospect trained in the North. Things have not worked out, the chasing career is on hold yet again after never really taking off, and he's changed yards. Still, he was a very useful novice hurdler and the handicapper has relented a little since his last run in handicap company.

Coolanly won here at the November meeting. He then had too much on his plate in the race won by Champ, but disappointed when dropped in class at Wetherby last time. Has a live chance if bouncing back to his best.

Lost - 3 pts

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

3 pts win LOSTINTRANSLATION   4/1 ( Betway and Exchanges)
JLT Novices Chase

Meets Defi Du Seuil for the third time. It's one apiece but this Fleminsfirth gelding who has a great attitude won the clash back here on New Years Day and despite being a year older than his rival  appeals as the one who will go on to have the best chasing career of the two.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win FIRST ASSIGNMENT  12/1 (three firms and at least this price on all exchanges)
Pertemps Network Final

Won twice here earlier in the season and has run pleasing races on his two starts since. From a shrewd set up that has built a cult following amongst racing fans, he must be taken on board.

Lost - 3 pts

2 pts win TOUCH KICK  20/1 ( three firms inc Corals)
1 pt win ROGUE ANGEL 25/1 ( at least three firms - bigger on Exchanges)
Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir

Touch Kick has an overall progressive profile, from a yard in cracking form and has an owner who likes to have one for this. With a competent rider aboard to boot, there is plenty to like at the price.

Former Irish National winner Rogue Angel is not getting any younger but ran a cracker in the Cork National in November. Below form on his three starts since, he'll be fresh from a break and is possible surprise material.

Lost - 3 pts

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

3 pts win TOPOFTHEGAME  7/2 ( at least this with almost all firms)
RSA Chase

Former classy hurdler who went close to winning at this meeting last year, this one has long appealed as a top notch three mile chaser in the making and has done nothing to dispel those hopes in his two starts over fences so far. Will take all the beating here.

Won + 10.5pts

2 pts win LETHAL STEPS  8/1 ( at least four firms)
1 pt win CHIEF JUSTICE  20/1 ( at least two firms inc Corals and Ladbrokes)
Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle

The Cheveley Park operation had a winner on the first day and have two interesting runners in this both housed with Gordon Elliot.

Lethal Steps has run well at listed level on the flat and in the context of this race has shaped well on the last two of his three hurdle starts. The ground is an unknown but he has to be near the top of any short list.

Chief Justice has been on the go over timber since September, winning on four occasions. He was up against it in the race won by Sir Erec last time but has had a wind op since and is of interest despite lacking the typical profile for a winner of this event.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win MASTER DEBONAIR  12/1 ( at least eight firms)
Weatherby's Champion Bumper

The Tizzard's have won this with Cue Card in the past and as they don't tend to overface their charges this Yeats gelding is of major interest having been put away for this after winning the bumper here at the November meeting. The ground is an unknown for him but he appeals as the value call.

Lost - 3 pts

Monday, 11 March 2019

3 pts win MISTER FISHER  16/1 (at least four firms inc Ladbrokes,Coral & Betfred)
Skybet Supreme Novices Hurdle

Not in the limelight for this due to his much hyped stable companion gaining much attention, this highly promising sort in his own right is very likely much better than weight and measures ratings indicate and could play a big part in this.

Lost - 3 pts

1.5 pts win GIVE ME A COPPER  8/1 (at three firms inc PPower and Victor))
1.5 pts win UP FOR REVIEW 8/1 ( at least seven firms)
Ultima Handicap Chase

Give Me A Copper is real sucker material. His yard have clearly held him in high regard for a few years but things have not gone right and we still don't know the level of his ability. He ran promisingly after a long absence last time and with the stable firing he should be spot on - even though he holds a Grand National entry.

Up For Review doesn't have much mileage on the clock for one of his age and shaped well last time in the Thystes, a race won by a stable companion who looks likely to take his chance in the Gold Cup.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win A PLUS TARD  6/1 (almost all firms)
Close Brother Novices Handicap Chase

This promising young chaser has done little wrong in his short career so far, including beating an Arkle hopeful two outings back, and finishing second to a classy looking sort in a Grade 3 last time. Looks sure to give an excellent account of himself here.

Won + 18 pts

3 pts win OK CORRAL 4/1 ( William Hill and Exchanges)
National Hint Challenge Cup

A talented novice chaser who would not have been out of his place in the RSA. Has plenty of stamina in his pedigree and can prove too classy for his rival here.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 9 March 2019

1.5 pts win GOLDEN WHISKEY  23/1 (Betfair Exchange)
1.5 pts win SMACKWATER JACK 23/1 (Betfair Exchange)
EBF Matchbook Novices H'cap Hdle Final

Golden Whiskey travelled well after settling at Ffos Los and found when asked despite showing inexperience. Looks a  typical Fleminsfirth who will be suited by today's conditions and is one for the short list.

Smackwater Jack, is another Fleminsfirth who looks as though he will stay forever. He can turn the last race form around with Beyond Midnight and has possibilities, despite not being the first string from his yard.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win DREAM DU GRAND VAL 7/1 ( at least six firms)
Matchbook Imperial Cup

This one has readily accounted for inferior opponents on his last two starts and could be absolutely anything. The ground if anything should suit him and he holds two entries at the Festival. Surprisingly, the yard haven't won this for ten years but this one appeals as a likely type to break the sequence and could be far better than the rating he has been allotted.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 2 March 2019

3 pts win JOE FARRELL  9/1 ( at least this price with two thirds of all firms)
Greatwood Veterans Handicap Chase

Absent since winning the Scottish National last April but has won off a longer absence before and he is holding up well in the market this morning. Does not need extreme distances and is very much one for the short list here.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 23 February 2019

3 pts win PROGRESS DRIVE  10/1 ( at least eight firms)
Vertem Eider Chase

Baywing's chance has faded as he needs something verging on a mudbath so it's not surprising to see him so weak on the exchanges. However, stable companion Progress Drive is mighty interesting arriving here after running a fine race on his first attempt at this niche trip. The fact that he's had a wind op since indicates that connections believe he's even better than what he showed there and he appeals as a conceivable winner of this.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win RATHER BE  9/1( Betfair, and Smarkets Exchanges)
888 Sports H'cap Chase

Interesting stepping up in trip after a break, experimental or not, and must be on the short list. Travelling well when brought down in the old Mackeson, then a plodding on fifth in the similar valuable event the following month. 5 lb higher in the ratings than when running a cracker in the novice's handicap at the Festival and is still relatively unexposed.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 16 February 2019

3 pts win DIDTHEYLEAVEUOTTO  9/1 ( at least six firms)
Betfair Hurdle

Although competing in a red hot novice hurdle last time, the feeling is that this one ran a level below what he is capable of, despite the ratings telling us that it was as good as what he has achieved so far. He is worth supporting to show that he is one of the bright stars of of this year's novice hurdle crop in an event where horses of his ilk have an excellent recent record.

Lost - 3 pts

2 pts win ROBINSFIRTH 15/2 ( at least eight firms)
1 pt win RED INFANTRY 12/1 ( almost all firms)
William Hill Grand National Trial

Robinsfirth ran a cracker here last time after a long lay off and bar the customary concerns with bounce factors, there is every reason to believe he will relish today's trip and give an excellent account of himself.

Red Infantry faded in the closing stages, plodding on to finish not too far behind in the same event. He's won over today's trip here and the step back up will be to his benefit.

R'firth Won  + 14 pts

Saturday, 2 February 2019

3 pts win BALLYMOY 7/1 (at least five firms)
Sport Heroes H'cap Hdle

On first look this one has a stiff task giving weight all round in testing conditions but he is developing into a quality sort who will no doubt make a name for himself over fences in the future, and if anything should relish this step up in trip. The 5 lb hike in the ratings for his latest success is justified and he appeals as the likely winner of this.

Lost - 3 pts

1.5 pts win GIVE ME A COPPER 18/1 (Betfair Ex)
1.5 pts win KIMBERLITE CANDY 20/1 (Betfair Ex)
Sport Masters H'cap Chase

Give Me A Copper makes his belated reappearance and is worth chancing. Although by Presenting, he seems able to handle testing ground really well and there is still plenty to find put about about him.

Kimberlite Candy hails from a shrewd set up and t may be worth forgiving his latest unexpected below par performance as he had been developing a promising profile beforehand.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 26 January 2019

3 pts win THE KING'S WRIT 8/1 ( this price at least with six firms)
Spectra Cyber Solutions H'cap Chase

Apart from the niggly doubt over the fact that his recent run of form has come in more testing ground than todays's, there is nothing not to like about the chance of this one here. He is enjoying his racing at the moment and can defy another rise in the ratings.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win INDEFATiGABLE 13/2 ( at least 3 firms inc Coral and Victor)
OLGB Yorkshire Mares Hurdle

This mare finished runner up to the promising Posh Trosh in a Listed event at Taunton last time with a fair performer well beaten off in third. She should only get better and is the value call to turn over a couple of established performers.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 19 January 2019

3 pts win DIVINE SPEAR  16/1 ( at least five firms)
Bet 365 H'cap Chase

We are far from getting to the bottom of this one and it may be best to overlook the re-appearance run. That had been the first time he had been seen since last February. At the time he was shaping into a novice chaser with a promising future in handicaps and his eventual ceiling will surely be higher than the 139 he races off here.


3 pts win RED INFANTRY 6/1 (at least a dozen firms)
Peter Marsh H'cap Chase

Drops down in trip but it will still be a sufficient test of stamina to give him the platform to produce his optimum. He comes here on the back of two cracking runs, including a victory here in November. He races off his highest ever rating today but is on an upward curve, looking to have further to offer, and looks a a conceivable winner of this.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 12 January 2019

3 pts win DOUX PRETENDER  7/1 (with a dozen firms)
Lanzarote H'cap Hurdle

This one was not disgraced despite hanging and looking a bit quirky in a very strongly contested graded novice hurdle at Cheltenham last time. He had previously won a competitive novice hurdle at Ascot and overall retains the profile of a potentially smart gelding.

Lost - 3 pts

2 pts win DUEL AT DAWN  6/1 ( at least ten firms)
1 pt win SIZING CODELCO  29/1 (Betfair Ex)
McCoy Contractors Classic H'cap Chase

Duel At Dawn should strip fit after his comeback run and despite being a nine year old, is still unexposed over fences. His run on this day here last year in the novice chase when chasing home the very smart Ms Parfois is eye-catching and though he disappointed in the four miler at the festival, he appeals as marathon type.

Absent since last May, Sizing Codelco's fitness is taken on trust ( he's currently weak on the exchanges) but the yard continues to be in good heart and there are several pieces of form in the book that give this one a real chance.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 5 January 2019

3 pts win DARK EPISODE  13/2 ( with approx ten firms)
Lengthen The Odds With Victor H'cap Hdle

Beat two finishes at Leicester and is hard to weigh up but has any amount of improvement left in him and has the profile of one the yard do well with. Sure to progress through the season and will certainly end the term with a much higher than his current one of 119.

Lost - 3pts

3 pts win CULTRAM ABBEY  12/1 ( at least three firms inc Victor)
Unibet Veterans Chase

Despite being twelve, this one has not been over-raced down the years and has shown by his recent success that he retains his enthusiasm for the game. His yard has been in cracking form during the past month or so and despite him having no experience of this distinct chase course is worth a go at the odds available.

Lost - 3 pts

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

3 pts win GIVE ME A COPPER  8/1 (Ladbrokes and Coral)
Betbright App H'cap Chase

Clearly been difficult to train as he's now turned nine with just six outings and a pt to pt run under his belt. Nevertheless, his powerful, in form yard retain him and he has to be of considerable interest here despite being difficult to weigh up.

Annual Results  2018

January  - 15pts
February + 18 pts
March - 25 pts
April + 2pts
May + 11 pts
June  - 25.5 pts
July + 43 pts
August - 48 pts
September + 18 pts
October - 17 pts
November - 27 pts
December - 30 pts

Loss of - 95.5 pts

Previous Years

2007 +320 pts
2008 + 4 pts
2009  - 6 pts
2010 - 108 pts
2011 - 4 pts
2012 + 85 pts
2013 + 74 pts
2014 - 55 pts
2015 + 40 pts
2016 + 133 pts
2017 - 30 pts