At last a run of decent weather! With good ground forecast at most tracks now we should see some horses run up to the standard they are capable of. I have a couple of those today! Last weekend's blog was very successful with my best three OPENING BATSMAN (12-1), IRISH SAINT (5-4), and GRANDIOSO (9-4) all winning. I was very impressed with Opening Batsman and the extra 6lb pull he had with ROLLTHEACES certainly helped his cause. He never gave an ounce away around the inside in what was an excellent ride by Noel Fehily. Hopefully there are a few more winners below with the Festival just around the corner! Can't bloody wait!
PACHA DU POLDER 1550 NEWBURY (nap) – (WON 18-1) this horse is blooming talented but has really disappointed this year. He is running off a mark of 145 today which potentially is way below his true ability. For me the ground is the key, he has solid form on good ground like when defeating RIVAL D'ESTRUVAL at Ayr last year. Mr Nicholls has a great record in this and in my opinion this boy, IF back to his best could make a mockery of this. He could run a stinker again though too!!
CAPTAIN KELLY 1605 DONCASTER (nb) – (3rd – 7-4) he defeated BALLYCASEY in a point to point a few years ago and that one is currently tipped up as a big chance in the Albert Bartlett at the festival. This one ran poorly on soft ground at Chepstow but then followed up when I tipped him in a jumpers bumper. He will love the better ground and I expect him to win this.
AAIM TO PROSPER 1530 DONCASTER (treble) – (WON – 13-8) this horse is a very short price for his handicap debut on what he has done so far. However you cannot deny that he could be incredibly well handicapped off 124 considering his Cesarewich win off 107. He should destroy these!
CALGARY BAY 1455 DONCASTER – (unplaced) he is two from two in handicaps here at Doncaster and he has a touch of class about him, as shown when winning the Skybet chase here. A return to good ground will bring the best out of him and McCoy gets on well with him.
TOUBAB 1420 DONCASTER – (WON – evens) the ground will bring significant improvement in this one and he should win this relatively easy! He was and still is a damn good horse and his mark of 140 is, I think, too generous!
BALLYTOBER 1405 NEWBURY – (FELL) he could have more to give and is progressive considering his good second last time at Bangor. The apprentice jockey takes an invaluable 7lbs off and that could be the bit that helps him in this more competitive race.
ALL THE ACES 1515 NEWBURY – (unseated) this one has course and distance success and has some good form. He could be very well in judged on his old form including a second to PROSPECT WELLS here. His poor performances really are worrying but again the ground was terrible on his last two runs.
HEY BIG SPENDER 1440 NEWBURY – (2nd – 11-2) this is another one who could be well in. He has ran well in snatches this term and his fifth at Warwick behind MOLOTOF is pretty decent form. A return to an extended trip and better ground could play into his strengths. A reproduction of his Warwick run will give him a great chance.
Well those are my selections for today. If you liked what you read please give it a retweet in Twitter or sign up to follwo the blog. If you are having a flutter do so with your own means and good luck!