Coral Welsh National

The blog returns post Christmas and The Bandit is still in a spin with a the festivities and travelling. I'm currently in Burnley visiting my parents and sat here looking out on a picture devoid of any snow. The comparison to Bandit Towers in Sheffield couldn't be more different with a foretold 15cm lying there! Thank god I'm here! There is some cracking racing on offer today and hopefully I'll have a change of luck as I've been bloody dire recently!
 
The twitter gamble fellas return after their Christmas exploits and have opted for the following :
@TonytheTyke Bright New Dawn 1320 Leopardstown
@DazGilbert1 Shoegazer 1510 Chepstow
@Fernando_RFC2 Chatez 1525 Kempton
@LiamKenniford Balder Success 1340 Kempton
 
Here are my best four as always :
 
FAGO 1510 KEMPTON (nap) (PU = -£5.00)

This guy was being touted as a potential Arkle candidate last season before a few very novicey jumps. He has always been thought highly of and knowing his connections they have been giving him lots of schooling. The testing ground should really suit him today and I'm expecting a big run.
 
EDMUND KEAN 1435 CHEPSTOW (nb) (unplaced = -£5.00)

This horse ran well in a few small field chases last year before finding the Scottish National too much after a blunder. Interestingly moves to the Bowen yard who know how to win this! He loves testing ground and if his jumping has improved he could run a big race. I'm hopeful of at least a place. I've also had a little on EMPEROR'S CHOICE, who has run well the last twice and will relish the ground. GAS LINE BOY off a big weight may run well too and this race reminds me of my old mate TIDAL BAY who ran so well in it the other year! A cracking renewal!
 
HINTERLAND 1340 KEMPTON (treble) (PU – =-£5.00)

Mercurial talent and prone to breaking blood vessels but is a class horse and his third last time at Sandown was really good and that should be enough to give BALDER SUCCESS something to think about. With a solid round of jumping and his body being kept in otrder he has to have a great chance.
 
GRANDOUET 1310 KEMPTON (unplaced = -£5.00)

Another smart horse with some smart form in his locker! This really is a cracking race and the likes of GOD'S OWN and VIBRATO VALTAT are exciting times. I dont think it will be soft enough for MELODIC RENDEZVOUS to return to the winner's area though. My tip was second in this last year and wasnt disgraced in the Arkle and he could be a second season jumper to follow, he's certainly smart enough!
 
My Dad's selections are :
 
BYGONES SOVEREIGN 1325 CHEPSTOW (unplaced =-£5.00)
KAREZAK 1355 CHEPSTOW (2nd – 11-4 = £1.71)
EMPEROR'S CHOICE 1435 CHEPSTOW (WON 9-1 = £28.12)
SILVER COMMANDER 1415 KEMPTON (unplaced = -£5.00)
 

Imperial Cup Day

I have to start todays blog with the horse that won big for the blog on here last Saturday, PACHA DU POLDER (courtesy of Getty Images). His win made it two big winning Saturday naps on the trot, with OPENING BATSMAN wining the week before. I also had a nice winning nap yesterday with HANOVERIAN BARON. I'm hoping therefore I am getting a good position ready for the festival next week. Lets hope I can keep the Saturday trend going today! To be honest the racing is a bit average today and is obviously playing second fiddle to the events at Prestbury Park next week. I hope I've picked a few out though.
 
ALVARADO 1440 SANDOWN – (nap) (REF) he is only 4lbs higher today than when winning at Wetherby in October. He defeated PIGEON ISLAND that day and had subsequent winner EASTLAKE well behind. I hoping the stiff finish here, similar to Wetherby's finish will play to his strengths.
 
MR MOLE 1515 SANDOWN – (nb) (PU) is still on a good mark and the significance of Paul Nicholls sending him here with the ground turning in his favour is a real plus. He has solid form and he defeated MELODIC RENDEZVOUS back in October. Huge chance!
 
EDMUND KEAN 1405 SANDOWN – (treble) (3rd – 9-2) I napped him on his reappearance when he won easily at Fakenham earlier this year. A facile success followed and he is unexposed and good be a very good horse. Again the ground seems to have gone in his favour. I had a good day in this race last year when tipping AMBION WOOD, this guy won't be the same price as that but he is a similar type.
 
MIAS BOY 1455 WOLVERHAMPTON – (4th – 17-2) has been running well in defeat this season and is now 6lbs better off than when he was third in this last year. George Baker rides him for his only ride of the day and I think the fast paced battle between LOYALTY and GUEST OF HONOUR will set up the right pace for him to attack off.
 
SKYTRAIN 1715 WOLVERHAMPTON – (2nd – 15-8) made all last time over 7 furlongs and it seemed to be the right distance to get the best out of him. More to come and he should take this.
 
MOLLY'S A DIVA 1550 SANDOWN – (WON 17-2) won battling on heavy on her first start on heavy ground and then followed that up with another solid success last time out at Huntingdon. Could be dangerous on this ground.
 
KENNY POWERS 1420 WOLVERHAMPTON – (2nd – 9-4) is a course and distance winner who has been running well at Meydan and should be sharp and fit and should take this.
 
DO IT FOR DALKEY 1525 AYR – (WON 100-30) conditions will be perfect for this one and two recent good runs in second will have set him up nicely for this. His second last,time to COOL OPERATOR is solid form, COOL OPERATOR defeated RIGADIN DU BEAUCHENE prior to that and we know what he did after that!
 
So, those are my selections for today. Hopefully I can keep this good trend going. I will be putting an in-depth blog up every night prior to the Festival days and will do an analysis of each horse I fancy in each race. Can't wait! Good luck today if you're betting and remember to do so within your means.