Ascot and Haydock

Well the blog is well and truely on a roll! With the last two winning naps Indian Jack (5-1) and Uncle Jimmy (15-2) obliging! It has seen me turn the tables on my dad and pull it back to 3-2 in the competition, although I'm now in more profit than him! To be fair today's ground is going to be shocking but there are some cracking races on offer! Let's hope we can maintain our form and find more profit for everyone. If you're having a flutter, good luck!
CEASAR MILAN 1605 ASCOT (NAP) – (unplaced = -£5.00) this horse was bought up by the Stewart/Wiley connections as a potential smart thing and went off a hot favourite first time out. He bled and finished last that day but then re-appeared encouraging behind DEPUTY DAN last time out. We saw what he did last week and this horse will improve further for that run, will enjoy the ground and I think is one for our notebooks!
CAROLE'S SPIRIT 1350 ASCOT (NB) – (2nd – 3-1 = £1.88) his horse has done nothing but improve and cosily put away As I Am last time out. The ground should suit her and she should stay. She has a real touch of class and I think she will beat Mickie. I have backed MICKIE the last two times but I think despite the favour in the weights that she has done too much too soon and this will be a step too far.
VALOROSO 1515 HAYDOCK (TREBLE) – (unplaced = -£5.00) ran really well last time when just pipped by Ma Filleule at Kempton. Comes here with that form and other good form behind. This is going to be a real slog and the light weight will help and despite this being a step up I think this horse is better than his current mark. He's a cracking each way bet and will run a good race to at least place.
THOMAS CRAPPER 1425 ASCOT – (unplaced = -£5.00) he steps back here in trip after the last run proved too far. There is some really solid form in his book. He win at Cheltenham in November was impressive and the likes of WHISPER and UNCLE JIMMY were behind him that day. My only worry is the ground. Robin Dickin said he avioded the Lanzarote because the the horse doesn't like the ground too soft! Today it's even worse! We shall see! Also think IRISH SAINT could run a big race in this. (WON 6-1 – grrrr!)
I am also having a little treble on these three GRANDIOSO 1500 ASCOT (2nd – 4-1) HIDDEN CYCLONE 1535 ASCOT and MELODIC RENDEZVOUS 1440 HAYDOCK (WON – 7-4)
Here are my Dad's four for today :
KNIGHT OF PLEASURE 1425 ASCOT (unplaced = -£5.00)
KNIGHT ALLIANCE 1515 HAYDOCK (unplaced = -£5.00)
THEATRICAL STAR 1500 ASCOT (unplaced = -£5.00)
SOMERSBY 1535 ASCOT (fell = -£5.00)
The current standing are :
FATHER -£20.00
SON -£13.12

Running totals

SON £72.88
FATHER £53.04

Cheltenham and Donny

Was great to see one of my favourite horses, GLEN COUNTESS, win again this week. Love that horse! Some decent action again today and I'm hoping my nap runs a big race, was gutted last week as I really fancied STORM SURVIVOR, and falling at the first gave me bloody no chance. Was really impressed with Hinterland too. Big things from him this year I reckon. I've picked a few out today who should have their optimum ground. Enjoy the racing and good luck!
GRANDIOSO 1425 CHELTENHAM (nap) – fancy this one to keep up the yard's impressive form in this race. I thought he ran a cracker first time out at Newbury and despite a couple of pounds rise I think that spin will have done him the world of good. Decent ground today and I do think this horse has a big race in him.
RANJAAN 1335 DONCASTER (nb) – this horse really frustrated last year yet he has bags of class. A breathing operation may have helped judged on his win at Kempton last time. He's been raised 5lbs for that which Harry Derham negates today. The ground is absolutely key for him and it could be relatively quick at Donny today. Has a great chance.
HARRY THE VIKING 1515 DONCASTER (treble) – another one who has bags of class and hasnt yet got it right. The ground will really suit today and if he shows an ounce of his true class he has the beating of these.
NADIYA DEVLA VEGA 1440 DONCASTER – drops in class and she tends to run some good races on slightly softer ground, however, she has form on better ground over two miles and she may go at them today, she has the class and should beat these.
MILAN BOUND 1350 CHELTENHAM – worth taking a chance here I reckon. This is a big step up but the last two wins showed this horse has potential, he has a three pound pull at the weights and I think he could give the top two a run for their money!