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