Trials Day

 
A bit of a disappointing week last week for the blog with only CAROLES SPIRIT returning a bit of profit. It has seen me draw level with my dad though at 3-3. There is a real twinge of excitement as I write this, it is trials day which means the Festival isn't too far away! Enjoy the feast of racing today and the return of one of the best horses in Big Bucks. I just hope he's over his injury and even a 75% fit BB would still beat these, I got 6-4 for him this morning, which I'm staggered at, what a bet that is! I just hope he runs well and returns injury free though. Good luck if you're having a flutter and we'll hopefully find you a few winners on the blog!
 
UNIONISTE 1515 DONCASTER (nap) – (3rd – 11-4 = £1.72) the class horse in the race and I love backing these top horses who carry a big weight. There are the gest horse so should have that weight, but love it when they still win. This guy will do this today the rain overnight will have helped and despite not getting into it in the Lexus, that race is way above this class. Harry Derham taking 5lb off is another huge plus.
 
CONQUISTO 1330 DONCASTER (nb) – (unplaced -£5.00) another to carry top weight. This race is much easier than the last couple of outings and for me the drop back to two miles is key. He won well at Aintree under McCoy earlier this year but trounced his rivals at Ayr over two miles last year. The ground is softer but he has won on heavy and this track will allow him to lead and attack from the final bend and out speed and out stay them. Cracking price!
 
MCLLHATON 1225 DONCASTER (treble) – (2nd – 15-2 = £4.69) ran very well on his comeback on soft behind JUNCTION FOURTEEN. He is nicely handicapped I think and he has a solid form at the track when third behind AFRICAN GOLD last year. Should run a big race today!
 
CAID DU BERLAIS 1255 DONCASTER – (unplaced = -£5.00) was very impressive last time and this looks a smart horse. The withdrawal of ROCK ON RUBY strengthens his chances more. He ran behind JEZKI too showing his level of ability and even though the form of his win isn't that good he looks a great chasing prospect.
 
I am also having a few dollars on the following at Cheltenham ULCK DU LIN, ROCKY CREEK, BIG BUCKS and RED SHERLOCK.
 
Here are my dads selections for today :
 
OUR MICK 1350 CHELTENHAM (unplaced -£5.00)
HOUBLON DES OBEAUX 1425 CHELTENHAM (unplaced -£5.00)
UNIONISTE 1515 DONCASTER (3rd – 11-4 = £1.72)
AMOR ALATO 1610 CHELTENHAM (3rd – 4-1 = £2.50)

Result
Son = -£3.59
Father = -£5.78
 
Standings : FATHER 3-4 SON
 
PROFIT
SON £69.29
FATHER £47.26
 
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Cheltenham Paddy Power

Not a bad first day was it! Some awesome action. Uncle Jimmy did me proud finishing fourth at 25-1 and without the blunder caused by the horse falling three out he may have been nearer. He is one to follow. On to the big day and race and here are my selections.
 
CONQUISTO 1430 CHELTENHAM (nap) – this horse is a great traveller, especially on good ground. He was so impressive when winning at Ayr last season and has then followed that up with two great performances at Haydock and then ndefeating ASTRACAD at Aintree. He's now rated at 154 but I still think there's more to come and his strong, galloping style should suit here. Big chance for me.
 
QUENTIN COLLONGES 1350 CHELTENHAM (nb) – ran so well last season on his preferred ground. Winning superbly at Donaster in the Grimthorpe chase and then following it up at Sandown after that. The yard are in good form and he has the ground again. Should run a very big race.
 
GAUVAIN 1500 CHELTENHAM (treble) – caught my eye last time out behind Ely Brown and ran very well. He is on a very appealing mark considering his chase form. Has won a few times here and this longer distance over hurdles seems to have rejuvenated him.
 
WHITE STAR LINE 1315 CHELTENHAM – comes here seeking a hat-trick and has the ability to do it. Has won more recently on softer ground but has form on good ground and showed that here at the festival in 2012 behind Hunt Ball. Again another who must have a decent sniff.