Coral Welsh National

The blog returns post Christmas and The Bandit is still in a spin with a the festivities and travelling. I'm currently in Burnley visiting my parents and sat here looking out on a picture devoid of any snow. The comparison to Bandit Towers in Sheffield couldn't be more different with a foretold 15cm lying there! Thank god I'm here! There is some cracking racing on offer today and hopefully I'll have a change of luck as I've been bloody dire recently!
 
The twitter gamble fellas return after their Christmas exploits and have opted for the following :
@TonytheTyke Bright New Dawn 1320 Leopardstown
@DazGilbert1 Shoegazer 1510 Chepstow
@Fernando_RFC2 Chatez 1525 Kempton
@LiamKenniford Balder Success 1340 Kempton
 
Here are my best four as always :
 
FAGO 1510 KEMPTON (nap) (PU = -£5.00)

This guy was being touted as a potential Arkle candidate last season before a few very novicey jumps. He has always been thought highly of and knowing his connections they have been giving him lots of schooling. The testing ground should really suit him today and I'm expecting a big run.
 
EDMUND KEAN 1435 CHEPSTOW (nb) (unplaced = -£5.00)

This horse ran well in a few small field chases last year before finding the Scottish National too much after a blunder. Interestingly moves to the Bowen yard who know how to win this! He loves testing ground and if his jumping has improved he could run a big race. I'm hopeful of at least a place. I've also had a little on EMPEROR'S CHOICE, who has run well the last twice and will relish the ground. GAS LINE BOY off a big weight may run well too and this race reminds me of my old mate TIDAL BAY who ran so well in it the other year! A cracking renewal!
 
HINTERLAND 1340 KEMPTON (treble) (PU – =-£5.00)

Mercurial talent and prone to breaking blood vessels but is a class horse and his third last time at Sandown was really good and that should be enough to give BALDER SUCCESS something to think about. With a solid round of jumping and his body being kept in otrder he has to have a great chance.
 
GRANDOUET 1310 KEMPTON (unplaced = -£5.00)

Another smart horse with some smart form in his locker! This really is a cracking race and the likes of GOD'S OWN and VIBRATO VALTAT are exciting times. I dont think it will be soft enough for MELODIC RENDEZVOUS to return to the winner's area though. My tip was second in this last year and wasnt disgraced in the Arkle and he could be a second season jumper to follow, he's certainly smart enough!
 
My Dad's selections are :
 
BYGONES SOVEREIGN 1325 CHEPSTOW (unplaced =-£5.00)
KAREZAK 1355 CHEPSTOW (2nd – 11-4 = £1.71)
EMPEROR'S CHOICE 1435 CHEPSTOW (WON 9-1 = £28.12)
SILVER COMMANDER 1415 KEMPTON (unplaced = -£5.00)
 

Tingle Creek Day

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The Bandit hasn’t got the time to write an in-depth blog today. Taking my girls swimming, daddy duties call! Its been a busy old week with no other than OFSTED rolling up to the Bandit’s workplace! We had some positive news however!

The Twiiter gamble from my fellow horse aficionados is below and I will update it later today

@DazGilbert1 GODS OWN 1500 SANDOWN

@TonytheTyke LIGHTENIN ROD 1310 WETHERBY

@LiamKenniford DORMELLO MO 1425 SANDOWN

@Fernando_RFC2 BAILEYS CONCERTO 1300 SANDOWN

My selections today are as follows :

MON PARRAIN 1330 AINTREE (NAP)(unplaced = -£5.00) what a ridiculous price this fella is. Ran really well here when second a couple of years ago and I had him when he won well at Cheltenham. His recent spin will have brought him on loads and I’ve always thought he was a proper horse. The slightly better ground will hep him too.

HINTERLAND 1500 SANDOWN (NB) – (3rd 12-1 = £7.50) this horse I have always liked too and he has been a bit hit and miss lately. Nicholls has a great record in this and Fehily on board is a real plus. He likes it here and I think he will run a big race.

HOLYWELL 1440 AINTREE (TREBLE) – (FELL = -£5.00) my old favourite! His recent spin at Carlisle will have sharpened him up and with Richie back on board he will taker this today despite the stable being a bit quiet.

ROLLING ACES 1515 AINTREE (4th 8-1 = £4.50) ran a cracker last time behind WISHFULL THINKING and I said then to lump on the next time he is out. Drops in class and will take the beating in this today!

My dads selections are :

Dormello Mo 1425 Sandown (unplaced = -£5.00)

Somersby (2nd 8-1 = £4.50)

Rebel Rebellion (unplaced = -£5.00)

Emperors Choice 1535 Sandown (unplaced =-£5.00)

Standings

Father 2-2 Son

Profit

Father -£22.76

Son £10.63

The Grand National

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The big race day has arrived! First and foremost lets hoe these wonderful creatures all get round safely. Secondly lets enjoy the spectacle! A decent couple of runs on the blog yesterday with HOLYWELL winning for me again. What a horse he is proving to be and now favourite for the Gold Cup!!! My nap also ran a cracker, ROLLING ACES (16-1) was just pipped after running a corker and showing his true form. How impressive was MA FILLEULLE too, I thought she might run a decent race as I said on the blog, but she;s a brave one and oozing a bit of class! On to today, my Dad has a few selections as always and you can see our latest results below. He will be reading this in his hospital bed after having a knee replacement surgery! Hope you’re doing well Dad x

TIDAL BAY 1615 AINTREE (NAP) – (UR = -£5.00) I’m sure if you’ve read my blog a lot you will know how much I love this horse! If he wins today it will most certainly bring down the curtain on a fantastic career. Everyone keeps saying no 13 yo has won it, he’s too old etc. Not me, he’s been dropped a good few pounds by the handicapper to gives him a real go at this and when the weights came out I lumped on ante-post at 25-1. The rain I think has arrived so it could be soft at the off, he has bags of stamina and if he thereabouts at the last fence the run in should bring about all his qualities. If he runs well he may stay in training too! Go on the old boy show ’em what you’re all about! My other selection in the race is the other Wylie horse PRINCE DE BEAUCHENE, he was favourite twice for this before injury and he has been looked after this year. Ruby rode such a gentle arc eon him at Thurles when he had every chance to win, I thought then I wonder what they are saving him for!

COURT MINSTREL 1710 AINTREE (NB) (WON – 16-1 = £50.00) this horse produced two fantastic runs under this jockey last year and is worth another chance. He beat SAMTEGAL easily last year and is dropped a couple of pounds, he has lots of weight to carry but for a reason, he’s the class horse in the race and is rated 8 lbs better than the next horse. If he’s on song he’ll murder them.

HINTERLAND 1405 AINTREE (TREBLE) – (unplaced = -£5.00) was running a cracker in the champion chase before being brought down, he may not of beaten Sire de Grugy but he would have been close. I think he’ll win this today, he looks a different horse this year, jumps smoothly and quickly, and will enjoy the ground. Great chance

WHISPER 1450 AINTREE – (WON – 4-1 = £12.50) we know the likes of At Fisher’s Cross and Zarkandar are very good but this horse has really impressed me this year and he appears to be very progressive. I think he’s got more improvement in him and could be the surprise package here outside the top two.

I also fancy a little flutter on GULLINBURSTI 1525 (3rd – 10-1) who ran an much improved race last time at Kelso of a big weight, with less in then saddle today and another bold show he can take this race too.

My Dad’s selections are :

LAC FONTANA 1330 (WON – 9-2 = £14.06)

BALDER SUCCES 1405 (WON – 7-2 = £10.94)

MELODIC RENDEZVOUS 1450 (unplaced = -£5.00)

RENARD 1525 (unplaced = -£5.00)



His national selections are TIDAL BAY and BALTHAZAR KING.

Current standings : FATHER 6-7 SON

Profit :

Father £67.42

Son £121.30

Good luck if you’re having a flutter!

Cheltenham Day Two

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Well what a cracking first day that was. Despite only having a little wager on Holywell I was so pleased to see the little horse get up and win, I also gave a positive pointer to the second in the race too. It was a day of hitting the crossbar with TRIFOLIUM, MYTENTORYOURS and AHYAKONWYERSELF all placing. Really sad to see that Our Connor had to be put down to, such a sad sight. Thoughts go to all his connections. Lets hope there are no casualties on day two.



Neptune Investment Novices Hurdle



The race can only go one way for me, although how many times have we said that! FAUGHEEN has been nothing but impressive this year and seems to get better with every run and the more I look at the race the more I can’t see any horse beating it. David Pipe reckons RED SHERLOCK was his best chance of the week prior to day one, and he has down nothing wrong so far. I think FENNELL BAY may also run on for a place after two steady introductions from a decent flat performer. For me though its Mullins and Walsh again here.



SELECTION – FAUGHEEN (NB) (WON 6-4)

DAD’S SELECTION – FAUGHEEN (WON 6-4)



RSA Chase



This looks a really competitive race as ever. CORRIN WOOD was one I was really impressed with earlier this year, but I think the ground has seriously scuppered his chances. BLACK THUNDER at a big price could run a cracker back on ground he will prefer but there are doubts about whether he has the class for me. MORNING ASSEMBLY could be the real dark horse in the race, he has looked very good but again the ground is an unknown, if he handles it he could well take this. I’m opting for GEVREY CHAMBERTIN he really needed the run last time and just petered out tamely after putting himself in a good position. He was a smart hurdler and for me the improved ground will be the telling factor. I think he is a bit of a forgotten horse because of his last run and a few poor ones before that. With good ground forecast though I can see him running a big race at a big price.



SELECTION – GEVREY CHAMBERTIN (unplaced)

DAD’S SELECTION – MORNING ASSEMBLY (3rd – 9-1)



CORAL CUP



As always this is an ultra competitive affair and if you get get the winner of this you will have down well and have a decent priced horse. DELL ARCA seems to be one of the favourites and he has solid form, as did CLONDAW KAEMPER before some low key efforts this season, however he did seem to return to form last time out. My selection though is COTTON MILL, again something of a forgotten horse because of what was a bit of a mysterious season last year. He ran nowhere near his best and remember this guy was travelling just as well as SIMONSIG a couple of festivals ago before unseating Denis at one of the last few flights. Again for me the key here is the ground, he is a really smart mover and on good ground has a good turn of foot which is so important in the race. It’s good to see him try this distance again to, the 2m and 2m1f he’s been competing in is too short for him in my opinion. He’ll run a big race I’m sure and I can’t believe he’s 25-1 as I type this. He has run decent races behinds MYTENTORYOURS and MELODIC RENDEZVOUS and I think he is a much better horse than his current mark.



SELECTION – COTTON MILL (NAP) (unplaced)



QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE



This is one of my favourite races of the week, class horses travelling so quickly and jumping so big and brave. What a spectacle it is. Mullins and Walsh are fancied again, but I don’t think the track will suit. CAPTAIN CONAN has the ability but I think will be found out for pace and while SIRE DE GRUGY has done nothing wrong for connections, this is the Queen Mother Champion Chase and for me he’s not good enough. My selection is HINTERLAND, I was really impressed with how he travelled and jumped last time and put him straight in my book for this race. I think he’ll fly around and take this race.



SELECTION – HINTERLAND (UR)

DAD’S SELECTION – CAPTAIN CONAN (PU)



CROSS COUNTRY CHASE



Never really bother about this race, but if I was forced to to pick one, on the forecast ground and on the back of impressive funds in similar races BALTHAZAR KING gets the vote.



SELECTION – BALTHAZAR KING (WON 4-1)

DAD’S SELECTION – BIG SHU (3rd 3-1)



FRED WINTER JUVENILE HURDLE



IVAN GROZNY was a smart performer in France and he brought that form over with him when winning a Naas. He then ran very below par last time out behind GUITAR PETE. The ground tomorrow should suit him better and I think My Wylie has another class horse on his hands here. CLARCAM interests me at a decent price and GOODWOOD MIRAGE could run a big race for the champ.



SELECTION – IVAN GROZNY (unplaced)



WEATHERBY’S CHAMPION BUMPER



Again not really a race I bet on as I don’t really get involved with bumpers. Mr Mullins has one hell of a record in this and he is mob handed here again, but I’m opting for SILVER CONCORDE (WON 16-1)to take this.



Good luck on day two!


Sandown and Aintree

What a belting day of racing ahead of us. With the Tingle Creek to look forward to and the big fences of Aintree. I write this blog this morning nursing a bit of a dull head following a brief forray into the night lights of Sheffield last night! There is nothing better to stem the pounding than focussing on the nags! I'm looking forward to seeing the horses fly over the burch at Sandown, reminising the awesome Kauto Star! Then travel a few hundred miles north and the horses face a wall of fences, and we can remember the great story of Hello Bud last year. Whatever happens it will be a day of entertainment! Good luck if you're having a flutter and enjoy these fine animals doing what they do best.
 
STORM SURVIVOR 1405 AINTREE (nap) – this horse has been running consistently well over trips like this and his light weight in this race will surely help. The form of his win at Uttoxeter isnt that strong but there is a lot to like about this horse's stamina and effort and he always sems to find a little more which will certainly suit here.
 
HINTERLAND 1350 SANDOWN (nb) – (WON 13-2) was impressive last time here and had Gradouet already beaten. Has the pace for a race like this and is a sound jumper. I've always thought he was a smart horse.

SOUND INVESTMENT 1300 AINTREE (treble) – (unplaced) won well over 2m4f last year and should be fit and ready for this. Is potentially a smart horse and interesting to see him pitched in here.

CAPTAIN CONAN 1500 SANDOWN – was a dual Grade 1 winner last year and always looked to be a horse that was full of potential. A sound jumper and smart mover he has all the traits to win this.

FORGOTTEN GOLD 1515 AINTREE – has some decent form and is a horse I have followed closely. He course form which I think counts for so much here and he is a cracking price. Is also closely related to previous winners of this. Interesting runner!

VULCANITE 1425 SANDOWN – this horse has always ben touted as a smart one, yet has flatterd to decieve at times. He is on an interesting mark here and could go very well.