A cracking day of racing ahead! I write the blog slightly hungover after a celebratory curry and few beers last night. The celebration – half term! Its going to be a cracker too as we're taking our girls to EuroDisney tomorrow and they don't know yet! I'm hoping a few of the selections come in to line the wallet ready for the trip! This time last year I napped OPENING BATSMAN to win the big race at Kempton and I think I've found the winner today! Hopefully my dad and I can keep the profit going! I need to do much better than last week!
BAILE ANRAI 1550 KEMPTON (nap) – really caught my eye when running a cracker behind The Rainbow Hunter last time on heavy at Doncaster. Has always had bits of decent form and I think the slightly better ground will help too. I think he's got a cracking chance today.
GREY GOLD 1505 CHEPSTOW (nb) – was really impressive how he stuck on and won at Sandown last time. Lots to like about that, he jumps soundly and will relish the conditions again.
SMOKING ACES 1455 NEWCASTLE (treble) – is a thorough stayer and will need to be today. Plugged on well in behind Emperor's Choice last time and Maurice Linnehan's claim will aid further in this marathon trip!
SWNYMOR 1430 CHEPSTOW – I've always liked this horse and he ran much better last time after a decent spin on the flat the time before. If he reproduces his best form he will win this. This race is the best chance he's had of getting his nose infront for a while.
Here are my Dad's selections :
GOOD TO KNOW 1355 CHEPSTOW
SMOKING ACES 1455 NEWCASTLE
TULLYESKER HILL 1540 CHEPSTOW
BAILE ANRAI 1550 KEMPTON
Here are the current standings :
Father 6-4 Son
SON = £58.98
FATHER = £81.48
Well this is certainly going to be a slog today! At least we've got some good racing to engage us though. The picture above is the horse our teamchoochoo syndicate has bought into! Cant wait to see him running later in the year! Will keep you all posted on this and when he's running! My dad is starting to panic after seeing me win four weeks on the bounce, although to be fair the last two weeks neither of us have shone! Lets hope we fair better today! If you're having a flutter today good luck. The festival is on the horizon folks!!
GREY GOLD 1350 SANDOWN (nap) – (WON – 4-1 = £12.50) placed the last twice and has two wins on heavy in the form book. His form is solid this year running behind LANCETTO at Ascot and also behind CLOUDY TOO earlier on at Carlisle. Delve further into his form and he defeated JOHNS SPIRIT over hurdles a few years ago too. He will relish the mud today and is a massive 8lbs in weight better off with DESERT CRY than his defeat by him last time, that will make it considerably closer today.
GRENDISAR 1530 LINGFIELD (nb) – (WON 9-4 = £7.03) ran eyecatchingly well in early January behind CASTILLE DEL DIABLO but then found 2 miles too far. A return to this trip will help and he has Adam Kirby in the saddle today whose record on him reads 1-2-1-2-1
ALFIE SPINNER 1440 FFOS LAS (treble) – (unplaced = -£5.00) ran very well last time out only finding the very impressive MENDIP EXPRESS too good for him. That was a real return to form. The ground today will be fine and he is given another chance off the same mark!
ROALCO DES FARGES 1535 SANDOWN – (PU = -£5.00) off for nearly two years but was pretty decent before that. Started a revival at Newbury and had three solid runs before his lay off behind TEAFORTHREE, MASTER OVERSEER and was a distant second to TIDAL BAY here in similar conditions in the BET365 Gold Cup. Has been dropped three pounds in the ratings for that and I think he is a cracking bet despite his lay off.
My dad has heard a positive whisper for BIG SHU tomorrow at PUNCHESTOWN – he'll probably be favourite but the vibes are he will win! As with all whispers take it as you will – its your risk!
My dad's selections are :
REBEL REBELLION 1350 SANDOWN (3rd – 8-1 = £5.00)
WHISPER 1405 FFOS LAS (2nd – 6-4 = £0.94)
THEATRICAL STAR 1535 SANDOWN (3rd – 10-1 = £6.25)
EMPEROR'S CHOICE 1440 FFOS LAS (WON – 9-2 = £14.06)
May the best man win!
Father + £26.25
Son + £9.53
Current standings are :
Father 4-4 Son
SON = £78.82
FATHER = £73.51