Tuesday selections

PRINCESS OF ORANGE 1540 YARMOUTH (nap) – (unplaced) as much as it pains me to nap a horse with Frank Spencer on board I really think this one has a real chance. She absolutely flew in over a mile at Newmarket on good to firm and then contested two class one races which were above her. Back in a class 3, despite a 9lb rise she has a sniff.
 
MIAS BOY 1500 LINGFIELD (nb) – (WON – 8-1) this one now comes with a CLIFF HORSE warning. 21 straight defeats leaves me flumuxed. However, the jockey rode him poorly last time and got him going too late. The same jock is back on today and ai'm hoping now he gets it that he'll ride him off a fast pace and go at the right time!
 
THE GREY ONE 1715 WORCESTER (treble) – (PU) the ground is key here. He's not been seen for ages and it's not surprising he hasn't been out with the ground. Won well on good last year beating Maizy Missile, and is now a pound higher than when second back in September. Has a pretty decent record around here and is worth a go.
 
BLOG STATS :

Naps 38/170 = 22.4%
Wins 156/840 = 18.6%
Placed 224/840 = 26.7%

Win and Placed = 45.2%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£59.33
 
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Monday selections

YOU KNOW YOURSELF 1540 KELSO (nap) – (WON – 100-30) ran really well in defeat last time out when returning to his last winning mark. With the trip and ground in his favour I'm hoping he wins this.
 
PEMBROKE 1810 WINDSOR (nb) – (unplaced) cost quite a bit as a yearling and is well bred, being related to the awesome Canford Cliffs. Could be an interesting contender on his debut.
 
KEEP KICKING 1520 WOLVES (treble) – (unplaced) has produced three decent runs so far since winning a jumpers bumper. A pretty decent handicap mark and he has a good chance here at a decent price.
 
BLOG STATS :

Naps 38/169 = 22.4%
Wins 155/837 = 18.5%
Placed 224/837 = 27%

Win and Placed = 45.3%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£60.33
 

Saturday selections

This time last year I backed the enigmatic TIDAL BAY when he won the Bet365 Gold Cup and he has gone from strength to strength since then and I still reckon he would have had a decent chance in the Gold Cup too. I hope I have found another winner of this curtain raiser again today. Next week see's the first Classic's of the season and lets hope we have more positive news to report on rather than the Al Zarooni affair. The week after I'm back at Warwick races for their evening meeting which I cant wait for!
 
On to today here are my best three plus a few others that I'm putting my well earned crust on. All the best of you're having a flutter today!
 
BALTHAZAR KING 1550 SANDOWN (nap) – (PU) travelled pretty well in the National and if that hasn't taken too much out of him he has a great chance here. Horses that have run in the National have a decent record in this and so does Phillip Hobbs. The drying ground will be in his favour and he is a cracking each way bet. A steady run from the front will see him thereabouts.
 
WISHFUL THINKING 1440 SANDOWN (nb) – (3rd – 5-1) ran well in the Champion Chase behind the Aeroplane and despite a pretty poor course record he has displayed better performances this year. SANCTUAIRE won this so impressively last year but he is not the same horse this year and all the messing around with tactics on how to try and defeat Sprinter Sacre may have had a detrimental effect.
 
AL KAZEEM 1515 SANDOWN (treble) – (WON 9-4) won well first time out last year when I backed him, injury prevented any more runs, however, if he has fully recovered the form alone of that race should see him take this. He also has form over this distance too, big chance!
 
GRANDAD'S HORSE 1405 SANDOWN – (unplaced) this horse is cracking value in my opinion. He was a good novice and ran in some good races with 5 wins too. A lengthy absence needed to be overcome last time and he needed that run. He has better ground today and has a great chance.
 
INVINCIBLE HERO 1420 RIPON – (unplaced) ran well last year in four starts after a successful year prior to that. His comeback run at Doncaster was decent and that should have him spot on for this and is getting bags of weight from the others.
 
DAZINSKI 1455 RIPON – (unplaced) is back on his last winnnig mark today after a few disappointing runs last year. I followed him in all of those too, he has the abiltiy to take this and the ground will help, hopeful of a big run today!
 
UNMOOTHAJ 1705 LEICESTER – (WON – 6-5) his fourth in a pretty decent maiden last year is by way the best form here. He was a bit green that day in the final stages and lost third at the post. With more experience under the belt a reproduction of the run should take this comfortably.
 
ES QUE LOVE 1930 HAYDOCK – (unplaced) after tipping him up on here about a step up to a mile his performance in the Spring Cup was a little disappointing. A drop back to seven on this quicker track will help him today and he's,top weight for a reason.
 
BLOG STATS :

Naps 37/168 = 22%
Wins 155/834 = 18.6%
Placed 224/834 = 27%

Win and Placed = 45.4%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£57.83
 

Wednesday selections

SCRIPTWRITER 1640 SEDGEFIELD (nap) – (2nd – 9-2) this was pretty smart on the flat and isn't a bad hurdler. He saves his best for here and has two course and distance successes at this class and on this ground. Has to have a big chance on that.

KAUTO STONE 1730 PUNCHESTOWN (nb) – (PU) has really disappointed on his last two runs in the King George and the Cleeve Hurdle. He reverts back to the bigger obstacles and slighty better ground will hopefully help too. He also has good form in Ireland and defeated First Lieutenant at Down Royal earlier in the season. Has been kept fresh for this and is a huge price in my opinion.
 
NOVIRAK 1450 EPSOM (treble) – (3rd – 11-1) has run twice here with victory last time and a narrow defeat before that. He has the ground he prefers and will hopefully be competitive and run a good race.
 
I will also have a sheckle on one of my cliff horses DEGAS ART 1735 PERTH (PU) who won well a few times last year but hasn't show anything yet. However, he was unseated early last time and will appreciate the trip and ground.
 
BLOG STATS :

Naps 37/167 = 22.2%
Wins 153/826 = 18.5%
Placed 223/826 = 27%

Win and Placed = 45.5%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£58.83
 

Tuesday selections

MIAS BOY 1630 WOLVES (nap) – (3rd – 4-1) ultraconsistent and will run another good race. I'm hoping for a strong pace to be set, mostly the case herevat Wolves in a race like this. If that happens then he has a better than good chance.
 
BACK IN FOCUS 1840 PUNCHESTOWN (nb) – (unplaced) won well again a Cheltenham and I think his juming will hold up better than his stable companions and he will take this.
 
JEZKI 1620 PUNCHESTOWN (treble) – (WON – 2-1) I thought he ran really well at the festival and if he would have jumped the last better he would have been closer. He caught the flight and lost momentum. Back on home soil I can see him reversing the form.
 
 
BLOG STATS :

Naps 36/165 = 21.8%
Wins 153/822 = 18.6%
Placed 221/822 = 26.9%

Win and Placed = 45.5%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£58.33
 

Monday selections

Not a bad day on the blog on Sunday with my nap coming second at 17-2, the nb coming third at 13-8 and the treble horse winning at 7-4. As always we start the week in search of a winning nap. Once Saturday and the Bet365 Gold Cup is out the way it's full steam ahead with the flat season. Ive just booked my hotel and tickets for Warwick's evening meeting in May. I always go there and love the place.
 
Anyway, good luck on Monday and here are my best three, plus one extra!
 
ST PAUL DE VENCE 1800 WINDSOR (nap) – (unplaced) was chucked in at the deep end for his racecourse debut at Royal Ascot last year. Won his next race at Kempton well and the four behind him have all won since. Strong form.
 
THANE OF CAWDOR 1650 KEMPTON (nb) – (3rd – 4-1) running consistently well of late and ran well in defeat last time. Returns to a course his has won on and I expect another bold show.
 
FLEUR DE LA VIE 1920 WOLVERHAMPTON (treble) – (WON – 9-1) knocked up a hat-trick of wins on the all weather last year and has won here. The last outing should have put her spot on and blew away the cobwebs. The stable are flying too.
 
An extra one chucked in today too SPIC N SPAN 1820 WOLVES – (unplaced) is still well treated and 2lbs lighter than when runnnig last time. A return to the form shown in claimers in this handicap will see him run well.
 
BLOG STATS :

Naps 36/164 = 22%
Wins 152/819 = 18.6%
Placed 220/819 = 26.9%

Win and Placed = 45.4%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£59.33
 

Sunday selections

Not a bad day at all on the blog yesterday with COURT MINSTREL (4-1) and MAUREEN (7-2) winning. My big fancy MONSIEUR CADOU never got in the race and maybe the ground was too quick.
 
On to today, here are my best three.
 
YOU KNOW YOURSELF 1650 NEWCASTLE (nap) – (2nd – 17-2) won off this mark this time last year when defeating ISLA PEARL FISHER. The drying ground will bolster his chances. His run behind Monsieur Cadou last time at Haydock was ok considering the ground. Hoping for a big run.
 
LANDSCAPE 1400 STRATFORD (nb) – (3rd – 13-8) if this horse reproduces the form of his last run when he fell at the last at Haydock when looking like the winner, he will take this. This return to novice company should help with only DARLEY SUN a danger in my opinion.
 
SOUND INVESTMENT 1440 WINCANTON (treble) – (WON – 7-4) won really nicely at Taunton in January. Was then stepped up in class and was disappointing. He's dropped back to a class 4 race today, and if he copes with the ground he should run a good race.
 
 
BLOG STATS :

Naps 36/163 = 22%
Wins 151/815 = 18.5%
Placed 219/815 = 26.9%

Win and Placed = 45.4%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£60.33
 

Saturday selections

This photo was taken last year of MERIGO before he won the Scottish National. It oozes class doesn't it – he is saying look at me! Shame the old boy isn't back this time to try again – hope he has a long and enjoyable retirement. On to today renewal it's another cracking race and there are a few with a serious chance. Enjoy the day and I hope I can find a few winners on the blog.
 
MONSIEUR CADOU 1550 AYR (nap) – (PU) I selected this horse last time out and he won confortably at Haydock. That is a stiff track and so is this, that day he was ridden superbly and crept into the race from the back. That style should suit again today, the drying ground will also play into his strengths. H has gone up 12lbs for that win but I think that is fair and I have always thought he is a smart horse. 8 year olds have a good record in this with 7 out of the last 14 winners being that age. He is also weighted well too. RIVAL D'ESTRUVAL was running a cracker at the festival when falling but I think he has too much weight today.
 
VIVA RONALDO 1810 THIRSK (nb) – (unplaced) this horse is dropping to a class 5 race for the first time. He is back to a winning mark again and if the claiming jockey can get hmi out of the stalls this time he has a fantastic chance.
 
MAUREEN 1455 NEWBURY (treble) – (WON – 7-2) looked a fantastic filly with a bright future last year when winning the Princess Margaret at Royal Ascot. She never really got into the Cheveley Park on her last start. I can't see RODSHU QUEEN staying here so I'm opting for my girl to reverse the form and run to her true ability.
 
TAP NIGHT 1405 AYR – (2nd – 11-8) three out of three here and ran well behind CAPTAIN CONAN last time at Aintree. If he produces that form again he will be very hard to beat.
 
COURT MINSTREL 1440 AYR – (WON – 4-1) raised 10lbs for his impressive win last time. Transferred smart bumper form to hurdles first time out and he hopefully can progress a little more and take this.
 
ES QUE LOVE 1420 NEWBURY – (unplaced) proved me right last week when I tipped him up to improve over a mile. Goes again today off a slightly higher turf mark (3lbs more). Effectively not had a rise from last weeks win. Drawn high amd Buick on board too – has another good chance today. Each way the sensible option.
 
BLOG STATS :

Naps 36/162 = 22.2%
Wins 150/812 = 18.5%
Placed 217/812 = 26.7%

Win and Placed = 45.2%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£61.33
 

Friday selections

KING ARTHUR 1850 SOUTHWELL (nap) – (unplaced) good ground should help with this horse. He has had some good runs in behind smart horses including Chris Pea Green and Irish Saint. A mark of 110 is pretty good based on that for his handicap debut and he could run a big race.
 
THEMILANHORSE 1720 SOUTHWELL (nb) – (WON – 11-10) the performance of this horse was pretty poor to say the least at Doncaster last time. However he was really never going and it was his first attempt over the bigger obstacles. Ruby went easy on him that day and he has a 7lb pull with his conqueror and that I feel will be too much and he will take this race.
 
OSCARS JOURNEY 1800 BATH (treble) (unplaced) he is only 2lbs higher than when winning last time out. He ran in good race maiden races last year, including behind The Golden Cheongsam. He could run a big race first time out of a lenient mark.
 
BLOG STATS :

Naps 36/161 = 22.3%
Wins 148/806 = 18.4%
Placed 216/806 = 26.7%

Win and Placed = 45.2%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£62.33
 

Thursday selections

Well I was really disappointed with the performances of all my selections on Wednesday. I suppose that is racing after all. Not had much time to do the blog tonight, so short and sweet.
 
 
BLANC DE CHINE 1825 WOLVES (nap) – (unplaced) is two from two here at the track and has a good record when fresh. Gives him every chance in a race like this.
 
THE CHEKA 1530 NEWMARKET (nb) – (unplaced) ran consistently well last year and has every chance here. He has a fantastic record fresh which reads 11321 for his first time runs in the past five years. Six furlongs on good ground is ideal.
 
STIPULATE 1640 NEWMARKET (treble) – (2nd – 15-8) has a great chance to get his nose infront and it will be thoroughly deserved too. Has course and distance form too and will hopefully improve further as a four year old.
 
BLOG STATS :

Naps 36/160 = 22.5%
Wins 147/803 = 18.3%
Placed 216/803 = 26.8%

Win and Placed = 45.3%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£63.33