I thought I would do a little Sunday blog in homeage to my favourite horse, Tidal Bay. Today sees him returning to the venue of one of his greatest performances. He's teaming up with Ruby again and going up against the horse he pipped in the Lexus. It should be a cracking race and the ground will count in his favour. I have got 3-1 for him this morning, I think he'll go off favourite. This is his penultimate run, his swansong will be at Aintree where I've got a little ante-post bet on him. Whatever happens today I'll enjoy watching him run as I always do and keep my fingers crossed for a wet Aintree.
TIDAL BAY 1550 LEOPARDSTOWN (nap) – back to Grade 1 level but he has shown he can hack it. Ruby back up which for me is key as he rides this track so well. The weather will have helped him too. I just think this will be set up for him over the final fence and run in and he is the best horse for me.
FINGAL BAY 1455 EXETER (nb) – (WON – 9-2) he is a class horse and despite his 14 months off he will win. He has a good record first time out and I just hope the injury hasn't taken any of his ability away.
BLACKLOUGH 1515 LEOPARDSTOWN (treble) – (2nd – 5-1) has a chance on his decent run in the Boylesport, up just a pound in the ratings for that run and he could run a big race today.
I feel like I'm going through a bad patch at the minute, especially with my naps! Yesterday was another day without my nap winning and a few of my selections really didn't run to plan! However, I still tipped up ES QUE LOVE (12-1) and CLARET CLOAK (11-4) and had places for GLEAN (6-4) and LOVE YOUR LOOKS (14-1), so it wasn't all bad. Today sees the Guineas Trials at Leopardstown and that's where my nap lies.
AROUND A POUND 1535 MARKET RASEN (nap) – (WON 6-1) saves his best for here and his only victory was here. It is very noticeable that all his best performances are here (figures of 214). He showed a glimpse of improvement here last time and I'm hoping he will return to the winners enclosure again.
JUMP CITY 1620 WINCANTON (nb) – (3rd – evens) I'm not one for putting a short priced horse as one of my best three but I have to with this one. His performance was very eye-catching against HUNT BALL last time out over 19f at Taunton. If he reproduces that he will be very tough to beat.
GREAT'S AUTRECHENE 1640 MARKET RASEN (treble) – (unplaced) has claims if he can reproduce the form of his Leicester win, the softer ground and longer trip didn't help last time!
BLOG STATS :
Naps 35/156 = 22.4%
Wins 145/791 = 18.3%
Placed 212/791 = 26.8%
Win and Placed = 45.1%
@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£61.33
I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and now we've got the other side I'm sure you're all gearing up for New Year. It's a shame the Welsh National is off, it is one of my favourite races of the year. Roll on the 5th Jan for the re-scheduling, although the way this weather is carrying on, I doubt it will be fit then!
Here are my selections for today :
KAFFIE 1330 Kempton (nb) – (unplaced) shaped up to being a decent staying Hurdler last year and his recent course and distance run was not bad and that will surely have sharpened him up for today. Ground should be ok, I hoping that last run has got him tiptop.
MENORAH 1405 Kempton (nap) – (WON 7-2) is really hit and miss but is no doubt the class act in the race. His reappearance was disappointing but I'm hoping today will be a hit day and he will come off the pace set by FOR NON STOP and stay on in the final furlong.
WISHFULL THINKING 1440 Kempton (treble) – (unplaced) another class horse and is getting back to running like his best. I think the ground will help him today to overcome SANCTUAIRE who will probably go off like a rocket again. He should have the staying power to win this and in receipt of weight from Sanctuaire he has the best chance.
ABLE DEPUTY 1545 Kempton – (unplaced) has form on heavy and will need to step up on his Sandown second. Was a hot favourite at Haydock on Saturday before tipping up at the first, providing that hasn't affected his confidence I'm hoping for a big run.
Also having a wager on JEZKI (WON 11-8) and PRINCE OF PIRATES (unplaced) over at Leopardstown and also having a flutter at a short price on DRAWNFROMTHEPAST 1215 LINGFIELD (WON 4-6) and fancy BILLSAGREY (unplaced) in the last at Wetherby.
If you are having a wager please bet within your means and lets hope we can put the 'brollies away soon.