Ascot

Not much luck last week on the blog. ZIGA BOY was going well for along way but just couldnt match the others. MIA’S STORM was well in with a chance two out but died away, I think better ground and a flatter track will suit her. THOMAS BROWN was just poor, he was never in it! 

So we move on today. A couple of cracking handicaps at Ascot plus a few at Haydock. My first selection is not in one of the televised races. CAPTAIN CONAN has always been a smart horse and he is dropped seriuosly in grade today. He was third three years ago as favourite in the Tingle Creek behind SIRE DE GRUGY and he is a full 20lbs lower than that race today. His rating of OR139 is fair on what he has, or hasnt achieved since, but potentially that is a very low mark for a horse of his ability. He has won on soft ground and won on decent ground so that shouldn’t be an issue. 

The Long Walk hurdle is an intriguing race snd UKNOWWHATIMEANHARRY is worthy favourite and he looked very good last time. I cant see BALLYOPTIC reversing places. The main challengers come through the French Champion Hurdle form. Both PTIT ZIG and ALEX DE LARREDYA come with winning form from it and are the big dangers to the fav. The former got put in his place by the French horse last time, however, I think PTIT ZIG on a right handed track and on better grond will prevail today and an early 8-1 is a great price.

The last race on Ascot’s card was formerly the Ladbroke and both JOLLY’S CRACKED IT and STERNRUBIN return again after their epic battle. Both are now on higher marks and I’m not sure they can repeat last year’s heroics. Especially with the former being off for a year. The race will be frenetic with STERNRUBIN, RAYVIN BLACK and UNISON going from the front. They could set it up for one off the pace, although STERNRUBIN as we’ve seen before could make all. However, I’m opting for DIEGO DU CHARMIL to bounce back from his disappointing run last time behind a few of these. He was sent out too early according to his trainer and he ran much too freely. He is suited by coming off the pace, like he did when he won the Fred Winter. He is 8lbs higher than that today but is on the same mark as his previous poor run. I think he still has bags of improvement in him and could run a big race at a huge price.

I put up CORRIN WOOD the other week, and he is now over timber today and again, based on his previous form, he is on a very appealing mark. He beat BLACK THUNDER who was running off a mark in the mid 150s to win that day. His mark today is OR128 and could prove a real handicap snip. Last chance saloon today though!

Selections

£2.50 e/w CAPTAIN CONAN 1.50 Ascot

£5 win PTIT ZIG 2.25 Ascot

£5 e/w DIEGO DU CHARMIL 3.35 Ascot

£5 win CORRIN WOOD 2.40 Haydock

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Returns £101.25

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Sandown and Aintree

What a belting day of racing ahead of us. With the Tingle Creek to look forward to and the big fences of Aintree. I write this blog this morning nursing a bit of a dull head following a brief forray into the night lights of Sheffield last night! There is nothing better to stem the pounding than focussing on the nags! I'm looking forward to seeing the horses fly over the burch at Sandown, reminising the awesome Kauto Star! Then travel a few hundred miles north and the horses face a wall of fences, and we can remember the great story of Hello Bud last year. Whatever happens it will be a day of entertainment! Good luck if you're having a flutter and enjoy these fine animals doing what they do best.
 
STORM SURVIVOR 1405 AINTREE (nap) – this horse has been running consistently well over trips like this and his light weight in this race will surely help. The form of his win at Uttoxeter isnt that strong but there is a lot to like about this horse's stamina and effort and he always sems to find a little more which will certainly suit here.
 
HINTERLAND 1350 SANDOWN (nb) – (WON 13-2) was impressive last time here and had Gradouet already beaten. Has the pace for a race like this and is a sound jumper. I've always thought he was a smart horse.

SOUND INVESTMENT 1300 AINTREE (treble) – (unplaced) won well over 2m4f last year and should be fit and ready for this. Is potentially a smart horse and interesting to see him pitched in here.

CAPTAIN CONAN 1500 SANDOWN – was a dual Grade 1 winner last year and always looked to be a horse that was full of potential. A sound jumper and smart mover he has all the traits to win this.

FORGOTTEN GOLD 1515 AINTREE – has some decent form and is a horse I have followed closely. He course form which I think counts for so much here and he is a cracking price. Is also closely related to previous winners of this. Interesting runner!

VULCANITE 1425 SANDOWN – this horse has always ben touted as a smart one, yet has flatterd to decieve at times. He is on an interesting mark here and could go very well.