York, Haydock and Newmarket

For today’s blog I look to the stars! I blooming well need to with my recent suggestions. Last week was another blank show with not even a place; I can only apolgise if you were foolish enough to side with my thoughts! The stars may give a change of fortune today….so he says! The photo above is of the horses head Nebula…apt indeed! Read on and you will see why! Good luck with whatever your selections are today, I hope you fare better than me against the old foe!
 
ASTROPHYSICS 1455 YORK (nap) (Unplaced = -£5.00)
I really like the chances of this horse in his handicap debut today. He won over 6f at Newmarket last year, the form of that race was franked with the 2nd,4th and 5th winning shortly after. He then showed he has speed over 5f with a cracking effort in the Flying Childers, going down by a head to BEACON. If he reproduces that he must have a sniff. He’s got a mark of OR104 for this but is weighted nicely at 9st 1lb and he could run a big race at a big price!
 
MEHDI 1630 NEWMARKET (nb) (Unplaced = -£5.00)
I really fancied the chances of this one last time at York and he ran well behind ALGAR LAD – he just got going to late. He’s on the same mark again today andI’m hoping the quicker ground will push him on as he comes out of the dip.
 
DUSKY QUEEN 1345 YORK (treble) (3rd – 7-1 = £4.37)
It pays at times to side with a mare in form and this girl is certainly that. She rana cracker here last time beating Royal Seal in the same race she won last year. She was impressive too. She’s been raised 7lbs for that but it may need a little more to stop her. HIGHLAND COLORI ran much better last time at Goodwood and is the danger, knowing my luck he’ll win as I’ve left him alone for the first time this year!
 
EMERAHLDZ 1530 YORK (Unplaced = -£5.00)
This filly is another decent horse and she needs genuine good ground. She’s been dropped back to a mark of OR86 today, just a pound above her mark when second here in October in a Class 2 handicap. She’s in a Class 3 today with a little more weight but she’s been crying out for a run with a few prior engagements scratched due to the ground. I’m hopeful of a good run.
 
My Dad’s selections are:
ALFRED HUTCHINSON 1345 YORK (2nd – 8-1 = £5.00)
WAKEA 1420 YORK (unplaced = -£5.00)
MONSIEUR JOE 1455 YORK (WON 9-1 = £28.12)
OUT DO 1510 HAYDOCK (2nd – 3-1 = £1.87)
 
Standings
Father 3-1 Son
Profit
Father £54.01
Son – £46.88
 
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Scottish National and Newbury

We start with another fab photo courtesy of Fran (@Riosrider)
 
Last week was a disaster for the blog with not one of my selections placed. You win some you lose more is what I think in this game! I was chuffed with how Mon Parrain ran in the National and I think he has a big handicap in him next year. The best news for all of us connected to racing was that the old stalwart BALTHAZARS KING got up ok and being clattered when falling. Fantastic work by all at Aintree who looked after him and treated him. On to today and a cracking Saturday with the Scottish National and Champion Hurdle and some super flat racing from Newbury. Sit back and enjoy today it should be ace!
The twitter gamble this week is :
@Fernando_RFC2 ROMSDAL 1345 NEWBURY
@LiamKenniford SEGO SUCCESS 1545 AYR
@Tonythetyke UEUETEOTL 1625 AYR
@DazGilbert1 HARWOODS VOLANTE 1815 THIRSK
Here are my selections for today :
 
RAZ DE MAREE 1545 AYR (nap) EW (PU = -£5.00)
This guy ran a cracker last time in the Midlands National and went straight into my notebook. He was beaten 9l by GOONYELLA that day and he will stay this trip again today. He was giving GOONYELLA 5lbs in weight that day and he has also been dropped two pounds in the ratings to a mark of OR136 and is now in receipt of 7lbs from GOONYELLA, effectively making him 12lbs better off. This is a better race but I think it was decent form in the Midlands National. Bryan Cooper gets on well with him and has won 5 times on him and he is just 4lbs higher thsn his last winning mark now and only needs a little improvement to run a cracker here. With five places being offered I have to make him an each way selection – although I do think he has a really good winning chance too! I also like the chance of SEGO SUCCESS too, he has a similar prodile to GODSMEJUDGE and ran really well at Warwick earlier in the year. He could bounce back from a disappointing run at the festival.
 
IRVING 1435 AYR (nb) (PU = -£5.00)
This is another cracking race. SIGN OF VICTORY looked a smart horse when destroying the field on the bridle in Ascot back in November and the ground hasn't helped him since. He has the ground today but he looked very subdued at Wincanton last time. GASSIN GOLF almost gave us a big priced win on the blog in the Imperial Cup and he has since won; this I think is too hard though. IRVING has always been a smart horse and showed this when winning the Fighting Fifth and having ARCTIC FIRE 4 lengths behind is smart form. They missed the champion hurdle for this and he has a great chance.
 
DICK WHITTINGTON 1450 NEWBURY (treble) (unplaced = -£5.00)
He has some very smart form from last year and has won on this ground today and soft. His best bit of form which will put him in good stead for today is when he beat KOOL KOMPANY last August in the Group 1 Pheonix Stakes. KOOL KOMPANY won the Craven on Thursday off a mark two pounds lower than my selections today. He has to have a big chance and I think he's overpriced!
 
HIGHLAND COLORI 1525 NEWBURY (unplaced = – £5.00)
He has been dropped to a very nice mark and is now 9lbs lower thsn his last winning mark and 2lbs lower than his last winning mark in a handicap class like this when he beat LOUIS THE PIOUS. He has been running in better races than this and his form has suffered because of that. He's back in a class that truely reflects his ability and he has form on ground like todays. He could run a cracker at a big price – each way selection too!
 
My Dad's selections are :
 
Standings
Father 10-9 Son
Profit
Father -£62.13
Son £111.71