Aintree Day Two

What a great first day of the festival that was. Thrills and spills a plenty! I was staggered to read on twitter that people were questioning Ruby Walsh's ability and also that there may be some wrong doings going on due to Annie Power and Arctic Fire falling at the last. I was flabbergasted to be honest, how can anyone who follows racing think that anyone would make a horse fall on purpose and risk the lives of the jockeys and horses, please! Give us a break and stop talking through your pocket! It's the name of the game and sometimes horses fall! It put a sour taste in my mouth after a great first day! That's enough of that now, it's off my chest and done…we move on. It was a decent day on the blog with CLARCAM (5-1) winning, photo above courtesy of Fran (@Riosrider2) and then some good runs for HOLYWELL, PACHA DU POLDER and ROCK ON RUBY. I called the lifeguards out to come and get me when I fell off the cliff with KATGARY in the last!!
 
On to today, ladies day and god knows what sights we'll see!! Some cracking racing again though and I'm down to three for the big one tomorrow – MON PARRAIN, ROCKY CREEK and FIRST LIEUTENANT. Whatever you're on today good luck!
 
Alder Hey Children's Charity Hurdle 1340
Another cracking handicap to try and solve on day two. THEINVAL won very well last time and despit a 10lb rise I'm sure he will be there again. I have put a few shillings on DELL' ARCA this year but he just hasn't just got going properly, if he does he has a chance. PEARL SWAN has been well supported and Nicholls continues to persevere with him. I'm opting for MIJHAAR (treble) (Unplaced) though, he ran well here over course and distance and got caught a little wide at Cheltenham. This flatter track and better ground will brimg out his falt racing attributes and he has been dropped another 2lbs to a mark of OR137. He has to run well today!
 
E-Lites Top Novices Hurdle 1415
Now this is a cracking contest. You can make a strong arguement for a lot of these. CARDINAL WATER has looked very good so far and was only geaten by QEWY but he was giving him 6lbs that day, level weights today so I can see those two switching order and despite QEWY bringing possibly the best form to the race I don't think either will win. GLINGERBURN has done nothing but improve this year, he beat BRISTOL DE MAI easily last time and he ran well yesterday. He's fresh and could run a big race. I'm opting for VAGO COLLONGES (nap)(2nd – 7-1) though, this looked his optimum trip last time and he has run consistently well all year. He will be suited by a strongly run race to come from off the pace and he will surely get that today. The better ground will also be in his favour to. I expect a big run and to come and swoop late after the last.
 
Mildmay Novices Chase 1450
This is not the best renewal in my eyes. Firstly SAPHIR DU RHEU is a smart staying hurdler and if he jumps, which there are doubts about, he will win. He is very short though. Jumping needs to be a premium in this and at the pace it will be run. I'm opting for CAROLE'S DESTRIER (unplaced) to win. He has some pretty solid form coming into this and was raised 10lbs for a good win in Listed company at Ascot. He since went out and won without breaking sweat and is a progressive sort who should be thereabouts.
 
MELLING CHASE 1525
Now this is more like it! What a fantastic race this is on paper! SIRE DE GRUGY (Fell) hasn't shown his best yet this year but there were signs of him coming back at Cheltenham. I really think this extended trip for him willnow be his distance and he may not be able to go with the young guns over two miles. He has bags of class and I think he'll show that today and take this. AL FEROF is a real danger and goes so well fresh, he was very impressive last time and he has the ability to kick on. If BALDER SUCCES turns up he also has a sniff. Sit back and enjoy the best race of the day!
 
Topham Chase 1605
The warm up for the big one! It's always run at a hectic pace and as we saw yesterday some of them go too quick and fall at the first, plus you need that bit of luck. HUNT BALL will love this and he has slipped to a pretty decent mark and should run well. BENNY'S MIST really impressed me with his jumping last time when just getting collared by SOUND INVESTMENT and a repeat of that gives him a chance. I'm selecting RUBEN COTTER (unplaced) though, he was very good last time after a mamoth lay off and cruised to the front. He has been raised 10lbs for that but he had heaps in hand that day and Nicholls has trained him for this and is very bullish about his chances. I expect another big run, he could make a mockery out of this.
 
Doom Bar Sefton Novices Hurdle 1640
THOMAS BROWN (nb) (unplaced) really disappointed me at Cheltenham. He has sime superb form in the book. He beat VAGO COLLONGES at Exeter in November and then followed that up by a close second to OUT SAM and he had TEA FOR TWO behind that day who destroyed the field in the Lanzarote. Before his festival disappointment he beat ROBINSFIRTH at Cheltenham and had AS DE MEE miles behind him. This trip is still an unknown but he's git bags of ability I think and something could have been amiss last time. I'm willing to give him another go based on this smart form. This flatter track may well suit too. MINELLA ROCCO has been ultra impressive so far and he could be anything, I'm happy to watch him in this contest today at his price, but he's one for the future. BLAKLION has a chance if he returns to earlier form he has shown.
 
Weatherby's NH Flat Race 1715
I don't really follow these races much. I'm opting for Mullins' best placed horse from the festival BELLSHILL (2nd – 7-1) to run a little closer today.
 

Haydock and Ascot

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Right after a week off last week due to The Bandit being on a bender in Leeds the blog returns with what can only be described as a fantastic day of racing. The likes of FAUGHEEN, THE NEW ONE, SILVINIACO CONTI, MENORAH all on show, sit back and enjoy the best that National Hunt can throw at us today if nothing else. The previous blog bore a little fruit for us at long last with POLLY PEACHUM (6-1) showing us what a talented mare she is, one to watch for the future. I also thought OPENING BATSMAN ran so much better and showed some of his old sparkle and I’ll be interested to see where he goes next and interestingly the handicapper raised him 3lbs for that run.

So on to today, firstly I asked some of my twitter followers to put up their best bet of the day, this was the result. Make sure you put a few shekels on this and give each of them a follow if you’re a twitterati.

Shotavodka 1535 Haydock from @Tonythetyke (unplaced)

Fletchers Flyer 1225 Ascot from @Fernando_RFC2 (WON 11/10)

Volnay de Thaix 1425 Haydock from @LiamKenniford (4th – 3/1)

Silviniaco Conti 1500 Haydock from @DazGilbert1 (WON – 100/30)

@Theknibbler also came in for Taquin de Seuil 1500 Haydock

Let’s hope my fellow twitter friends show us the way!!

UNCLE JIMMY 1425 HAYDOCK (NAP) – (unplaced = -£5.00) this guy has been on my radar for a few years and he has been performing admirably. This is a step up for him but the trip and the ground will suit him, he won’t mind the soft underfoot conditions and if anything I think it will bring out more improvement in him and he reminds me of HOLYWELL a few years ago. He is a ridiculous price and is a cracking each way chance, but I reckon he will in it. His run at Aintree behind PECKHAMECHO was a good comeback and will have set him up nicely for this. He also defeated SOUND INVESTMENT by 4 and a half lengths at Newton Abbot in early October and look at how impressive he was over the bigger obstacles last time out. Lump on I reckon he will take this today!

TAQUIN DE SEUIL 1500 HAYDOCK (NB) – (PU = -£5.00) I really do like this horse and he performance was little scratchy in the Charlie Hall but he has always looked a class horse for me and one that will compete at the top level. Having Geraghty in the saddle will help steady him and his patient style will suit. The cheekpieces will also aid his cause to and I think today is the day that he shows his full potential. I think Cue Card will flatten out up the hill and he will battle it out with SILVINIACO CONTI for the honours

AL FEROF 1405 ASCOT (TREBLE) – (WON – 5-2 = £7.81) he is without doubt a class horse and even though Nichols hasn’t been that bullish about him I still think he will take this. He goes well fresh and ultimately has Ruby back on board who knows him inside out. The ground should be fine and if he is being aimed to be tip top for Kempton then really he has to win this to have any chance there!He has won the past three seasons on his reapperance!

EMPERORS CHOICE 1245 HAYDOCK – (2nd – 11/2 = £3.43) loves the mud big time! Has top weight and you never know what you may get but boy can he paddle through the mud! He ran a cracker behind RIGADIN DE BEAUCHENE here in February in a much better race than this and before that beat FIREBIRD FLYER in heavy ground over 3 and a half miles. That horse rompted in yesterday so he has strong form in the bag. I’m hoping he has too much ability for some of his rivals today. Not top weight for nowt!

My Dad’s selections are :

LYVIUS 1315 HAYDOCK (unplaced = -£5.00)

BIG EASY 1425 HAYDOCK (2nd – 13-2 = £4.06)

SILVINIACO CONTI 1500 HAYDOCK (WON 100/30 = £10.41)

ULCK DU LIN 1515 ASCOT (unplaced = -£5.00)

Results so far

Father 2-1 Son

Profit

Father -£12.26

Son £8.63

Newbury

Only a short blog today as I'm short of time!last week was a decent week with my nap GREY GOLD (4-1) and my nb GRENDISAR (9-4) winning. Despite the heavens opening we are racing again today! Here are my selections below – hopefully throwing a winner or two up.
 
FAR WEST 1535 NEWBURY (nap) – (FELL = -£5.00) was a top juvenile last year and handles the ground really well. Returned a bad scope last time behind MELODIC RENDEZVOUS and he would have been closer but for the stomach ulcers he had. If he is close to Melodic then he will be close here today. You generally need to have a bit in your locker and I think this guy has as I think he's better than his current mark. Harry's 5lb will really he,p in this ground as it did last week.
 
AL FEROF 1425 NEWBURY (nb) – (2nd – 5-4 = £0.78) the ground could be getter for this boy but I still think he will take all the beating today and for me 13/8 is a huge price. He'll jump them into the ground and has more class thean any of these. He should win comfortably.
 
DODGING BULLETS 1500 NEWBURY (treble) – (2nd – = £1.25) this finishes off my Nicholls treble and he has been a revelation over fences. He was decent over the smaller obstacles but has shown huge improvements in the sphere. It will be a battle with MODULE but he has a touch more ability for me.
 
ANDY KELLY 1350 NEWBURY – (FELL = -£5.00) hardly had any racing compared to others. Will like the ground and has some decent form in the book, beating KILMURVY easily and then going down by a short margin at Ascot.
 
Here are my Dad's choices for today :
 
UPSWING 1350 NEWBURY (WON 11-4 = £8.59)
IRISH SAINT 1535 NEWBURY (3rd – 6-1 = £3.75)
NIGHT OF PASSION 1550 WARWICK (unplaced = -£5.00)
THOMAS BROWN 1640 NEWBURY (unplaced = -£5.00)
 
Current standing are :
Father 5-4 Son
 
Profit :
SON = £70.85
FATHER = £75.85