Well what a fantastic Saturday of racing we have in store today. Warwick's card is really good and then you've got Kempton and the ultracompetitive Lanzarote Hurdle. I love Warwick, it's such a quaint little track sat in amongst such a historic city. This is their biggest jumps meeting and I hope they get the crowd in to fill the place! I'll be heading back their in May as we always do to their Ladies Day evening meeting, already looking forward to it. The tips were poor yesterday, sorry for that, Glen Countess never got in it and Caramelita had too much to do, and I still think a mile is to far for that one! Anyway, enjoy the racing today and below are my selections, let hope we can all draw some profit :
LOOSE CHIPS 1440 KEMPTON (nap) – (PU) it's a gamble napping in the most competitive race of the day but there is some real value here I reckon. My selection ticks all the boxes in terms of trends, inlcuding his age and experience. Yes this is a step up but why not, he has won his last two on soft and heavy going away and in some style. He's up twenty pounds for those two wins but that may not stop him here. If he gets away from them they may not get back to him. I am also going to put up UNCLE JIMMY as an each way option in the race. He is a novice but must be thought well of by the Hobbs team to be entered in this. He defeated MEGANISI over this distance on soft ground earlier in the year. MEGANISI has since defeated AAIM TO PROSPER in a class three and we know what a decent flat horse he was!
HOLYWELL 1425 WARWICK (nb) – (2nd 11-2) ran a cracking race when second to TRUSTAN TIMES over 3 m at Haydock. He was crying out for an extended trip after another couple of great runs when second to SIMONSIDE and ON THE RIGHT PATH. This trip over an extra furlong will suit as will the conditions, TRUSTAN TIMES gave the form a boost when finishing third behind REVE DE SIVOLA in the Long Walk Hurdle. Really fancy this one to finallly win today!
AURORAS ENCORE 1535 WARWICK (treble) – e/w (unplaced) I can't beleive this horse is currently trading at between 25-1 and 33-1. He's not top weight for nothing and in these staying chases it sometimes proves sensible to stay with the top weight. He was beaten a short head by MERIGO in last season's Scottish National. Today is the first time since then that he is running over more than 3m 1f since then. The extended trip will play to his strengths and the others won't be able to go too fast and get away. I tipped up HEY BIG SPENDER in this last year off top weight and I'm hoping this boy can do the same!
Those are my top three bets for today. I'm also having a small wager on these below :
HOLD ON JULIO 1330 KEMPTON – (2nd 5-2) reverts to hurdles after frankly disappointing when unseating last time at Ascot and before that behind BOBS WORTH in the Hennessey. He just hasn't looked like his old self, so this looks like a confidence booster. He has the class to destroy these!
TRIANGULAR 1405 KEMPTON – (unplaced) was second in this last year and has been in higher company than this and suffering. This is his ideal trip and more of his standard.
BAILE ANRAI 1515 KEMPTON -(4th 7-1) last time out was a huge disappointment behind ROBERTO GOLDBACK, he just never ran to promise. Something had to be amiss, if he recaptures the form that saw the defeat of MICS DELIGHT at Market Rasen on his last run then he has a great chance here.
I also hope DURSEY SOUND (PU) can defeat the New One at Warwick and finally after HIGHLAND LODGE's (3rd 6-5) impressive win at CHELTENHAM last time I have to side with him. Also a form boost there too, as RED ROCCO who he beat by 5l last season has since won two races.
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