Well I hope a few of you followed some of the advice on the blog on Saturday for trials day. CAPE TRIBULATION (7-1), AT FISHERS CROSS (13-2) and MR WATSON (11-4) were the winners. Aswell as an each way on KENTFORD GREY LADY (11-1). All in all it was a pretty good day, some great performances and some disappointing ones too. If it was up to me I'd put GRAND CRUS back over hurdles.
Anyway, here are Wednesday's best three for you :
EMPEROR CONCERTO 1510 LUDLOW (nap) – (PU) ran well when staying on behind HANDTHEPRIZEOVER at Doncaster last time. It was eye catching how he kept going up the hill after jumping soundly, hopefully that run will have blown away the cobwebs.
FLEETWOODSANDS 1750 KEMPTON (nb) – (WON 7-1) has been running better of late and this is the lowest grade he's run in. He is on a pretty appealing and decent mark. Blinkers may get the best out of him and he has a decent jockey on board with a good strike rate.
AMROTH BAY 1500 LEICESTER (treble) – (unplaced) is dropping back in trip and may well go off infront and not get pegged back. Will have a good tussle upfront with TOPAZE COLLONGES and with the extra staying power I'm hoping he will take this.
I really do enjoy this meeting and love the Paddy Power Gold Cup. It kick starts the National Hunt season and there are some great horses on display. I've got a pretty good record in the race too, in the past I've won with EXOTIC DANCER, OUR VIC, CYFOR MALTA and the first race horse I loved CHALLENGER DU LUC. No guesses for who my tip is this year!
1.20 – MASTERS HILL looked very good when winning at Chepstow last time and with the Tizzard stable in full flow he may well have more in hand than the top two in the market.
1.55 – CHICAGO GREY he has been a little disappointing lately but has dropped to a decent mark and I find it interesting that Richard Johnson is riding him. He has a very good knack of switching horses off and letting them creep into a race. That is the tactic that could bear fruit tomorrow. I also must give POKER DE SIVOLA a shout too!
2.35 – GRAND CRUS (nap) I just can't see anything in this field beating this! He was a very class hurdler and gave Big Bucks a scare and don't forget he absolutely smashed SILVINIACO CONTI in the Feltham and look what he has done this year. I hope he keeps my good record going and keeps the Pipe record up too!
3.05 BOUGGLER This one was developing intona smart horse a couple of years ago until getting injured here. He has form and has won class one races. If he overcomes the lay off he could run a big race at a big price!
3.40 ROGER BEANTOWN Makes his handicap debut and was turned over last time out conceding weight to the winner. Could run well here on a good mark.
Little shout to for one of my old favourites MIAS BOY (3.55 Lingfield) who normally runs well this time of year and does ave the ability to beat this field.
Good luck and here's to a cracking days racing.