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