Sandown/Beverley/Chester

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It’s been about four weeks since I last did a Saturday blog, all the way back to the Stewards Cup! A nice summer holiday in Dorchester and France was the reason for this gap. After lots of vin rouge, croissants and sun, I’m refreshed and ready to go! The National Hunt season is looming upon us now and already I’m getting excited for that. We still have Champions Day, the St Leger, Cambridgeshire to name a few to still tackle though.

A new addition to the blog this time around will be to profile class horses of years gone by. I’m open to suggestions from anyone, so if you’ve got a favourite horse you want me to include on here just give me a shout on twitter and I’ll put it up for you. Today I start with a horse that was my first cliff horse as a teenager getting into racing. He gave me a few good runs for my money and made me start to love the National Hunt game.

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Challenger Du Luc – Bay Gelding

Owned by David Johnson Trained by Martin Pipe

40 runs – 7wins, 9 2nds, 3 3rds.

Total Prize money won – £191, 440

Big Race wins

Cathcart Challenge Cup March 1996 – Cheltenham

Murphy’s Gold Cup – Nov 1996 – Cheltenham

He didn’t win anything too major but it was always his battles with Señor El Betrutti that captivated me, he was a brave horse and I had backed him in the National when Earth Summit won, unfortunately he fell that day. A top little horse who got me going in this sport of kings!

On to the blog and today’s selections!

BEAU NASH 1455 CHESTER (NAP) – (3rd – 9-1 = £5.62) excuses last time for the poor run came due to the ground. He is a proven perfumer on ground that is soft. If you look back in the form book over the past few months there are some decent sippers of good runs. One particular run to take note of is his thirds to Wee Jean at Goodwood, it was an eye-catching run and considering how well the winner then went on to run at Royal Ascot in the Sandringham and then just being pipped at Sandown, my selection has to have a great chance today! I think he is better than his current mark and I’m hopeful of a very big run today.

KINGSGATE NATIVE 1425 BEVERLEY (NB) – (unplaced = -£5.00) definitely a heart selection, I love this old guy! He normally these days wins one or two races a season and he’s been unlucky a few times this season. On his A game he would trounce this lot. I think the track will really suit him and Tony Hamilton is a great jockey booking. He’s been dropped 2 lbs in the ratings for the first time in over 15 months, interestingly to a mark he won off! Big chance today!

COCK OF THRE NORTH 14.40 SANDOWN (treble) – (unplaced = -£5.00) the ground is key for me today in this. While AKTABANTAY and FUTURE EMPIRE are clearly smart horses, I’m not so sure about the ground for them. My selection has some smart form in the bag too, I watched his trounce the Brocklesby field on Lincoln day and then he ran second to the very smart TIGGY WIGGY on soft ground, not form to be dismissed. He could run a big race today at a very appealing price.

FIRST POST 1730 SANDOWN – (unplaced = -£5.00) 3 wins here and he is now back to a winning mark and he’s been dropped a further albs from his last winning mark. The ground will also help and he has been running really consistently of late on soft ground with a 2nd and two thirds. Today is his day!

I also reckon GABRIAL 1530 CHESTER could make fools of them today and WHERE THE BOYS ARE 1540 BEVERLEY has a good chance a following up.

My Dad’s selections are :

BALLESTEROS 1410 CHESTER (3rd – 6-1 = £3.75)

APOSTLE 1455 CHESTER (unplaced = -£5.00)

WHIPLASH WILLIE 1530 CHESTER (2nd – 11-4 = £1.71)

FORGOTTEN HERO 1550 SANDOWN (unplaced = -£5.00)

Standings

FATHER 11-14 SON

Profits

Father £32.57

Son £190.89

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Friday at York

I haven't had much time over the last two days to do a blog. I had a great nap today, if you follow me on twitter you will have seen me nap MONT RAS at 25-1 and then follow that up with this girl above, THE FUGUE at 5-2. Let's hope Friday can be as good!
 

GLEN'S DIAMOND 1430 YORK (nap) – has a pretty decent record here, and won here in May. He has form on quick ground aswell as soft and with the overnight rain co ing his chances have improved moreso. with little pace on and if they ride him prominent he has the battling qualities and a touch a ability to take this.

KINGSGATE NATIVE 1540 YORK (nb) – this fella has been running consistently well all year. The rain affected ground shouldn't be too much of a hinderance, and he has won here previously, including this race. Robert Cowell says he has found the secret to him! I hope he has, but I reckon he has a great each way chance anyway and I think the others will set it up for him.
 
GABRIAL 1505 YORK (treble) – this one is a quirky horse, but has bags of class on a going day! I still think for him the quicker the ground the better and his best run for me was on firm fround at Haydock. If tomorrow in his mind is a going day then he could run a big race!
 
 
Good luck if you're having a flutter!
 
BLOG STATS :

Naps 43/202 = 21.3%
Wins 173/1017 = 17%
Placed 269/1017 = 26.5%

Win and Placed = 43.5%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£69.83

Sunday treble

Not too bad a day yesterday with SIRIUS PROSPECT obliging and a couple of places. It was pleasing to see Amy Ryan get up ok after what looked a horrendous fall at York. I hope she's ok.
 
We're off to visit one of my favourite places today, a little fishing village called Polperro. It's so beautiful and quaint. When I return I hope these three have done the business.
 
THE BANDIT'S TREBLE

PROPHESY 1555 CARLISLE (nap) – (unplaced) has been running pretty well of late and has course success on soft. Some doubts about him lasting the trip but I think he'll be better for it.

CAPO ROSSO 1640 PONTEFRACT (nb) – (unplaced) I think this horse needs a confidence boost after being pitched in large handicaps that have stretched him. A return to 6f today I think will help him here and he could run a big race.

GABRIAL 1605 PONTEFRACT (treble) – (2nd – 4-1) the simple matter of fact is that class is class, and this fella has bags of it. If he turns up with a game face on he wins, simple as that, if not, who knows!


BLOG STATS :

Naps 42/193 = 21.8%
Wins 169/962 = 17.6%
Placed 254/962 = 26.4%

Win and Placed = 44%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£55.83