When will this weather stop! Incredibly we still have racing and class racing too! Testament to the money invested in making courses better and the hard work of all the staff at the courses. I hope its as wet as this for the Grand National for my ante-post bet TIDAL BAY, I've got 25-1 for him and after the weights and the handicapper giving him a real chance by dropping him 7lbs in the official ratings, I really think the race will suit him and what a way to go out! On to today, some cracking races and I've opted for value and the more challenging races to try and get some good prices, hopefully I'll beat my old man too. Quietly confident with my nap on todays ground too! Good luck if you're having a flutter! I'm at my daughters party this afternoon with screaming kids followed by a sleepover! God help me!
MOLLY'S A DIVA 1355 WINCANTON (NAP) – (unplaced = -£5.00) she was impressive in bumpers last year particularly on heavy ground, this invcluded a defeat of CAROLE'S SPIRIT, who is now rated 24lbs higher in the ratings after some fluid hurdle successes. My selection ran poorly last time behind a couple of these at Exeter in December. However, a dead heat success at Warwick will have boosted the confidence and this bottomless ground will certainly bring out the improvement needed to win this. She is a classy horse and for me will be rated much higher than this in the future.
TEAFORTHREE 1440 ASCOT (NB) – (2nd – 5-1 = £3.13) has been dropped 4lbs in the official ratings for a less than impressive run in the Welsh National. Thats gives him a real sniff. He is also now 2lbs lower than his National third last year. This is shorter but a perfect prep race as it will feel like 4 miles based on the ground. Noel Fehily on board is a massive plus too.
ROLLING ACES 1550 ASCOT (TREBLE) – (unplaced = -£5.00) Captain Chris is the obvious choice on form and on his better terms with Riverside Theatre, however, at the prices I'm opting for this one. The last run was disappointing as he couldn't give 4lbs in weight to Vino Griego but did have Harry Topper behind. People are dismissing his chances on that, but delve into the form! After a narrow defeat in a top handicap behind Opening Batsman he then went to Down Royal in a Grade 2 and defeated Toner D'Oudaries and Texas Jack. The former had previously defeated First Lieutenant and had also finished 2nd twice to Arvika Ligeonniere. That is smart form and I don't think he should be written off!
ACROSS THE BAY 1455 HAYDOCK – (FELL = -£5.00) horses for courses! This guy has two wins here, both on heavy!he won the Rendelsham this time last year too. Emperor's Choice was impressive last time and is 5lb well in but he ran like a pig here last time. My selection will relish the ground, will stay and enjoys this most testing of courses. This will be a right slog but despite his weight I think he has what it takes today!
I also like the look of MICKIE 1420 HAYDOCK (2nd – 5-1) who gets alot of weight off CELESTIAL HALO which on ground Mickie loves could be too much! I also think ANTON CHIGURGH 1645 WINCANTON (unplaced) can win and for me MELODIC RENDEZVOUS 1535 WINCANTON (WON – evens) will get the better of Zarkandar.
My Dad's selections are :
HOUBLON DES OBEAUX 1440 ASCOT (3rd 9-2 = £2.81)
EMPERORS CHOICE 1455 HAYDOCK (2nd – 11-2 = £3.44)
LIKE MINDED 1515 ASCOT (unplaced = -£5.00)
CLOUDY TOO 1550 ASCOT (2nd – 7-1 = £4.38)
Current standing are :
Father 6-4 Son
SON = £58.98
FATHER = £81.48