Grim up North!!

Not a great deal of success last week I'm afraid and I was gutted at how poorly LANDSCAPE ran when I was so confident of a big run! The only liitle bit of success was WOODFORD COUNTY'S third in the Eider! We win some, we lose some. As I'm sure all of you are, I'm counting the days down to the festival – bring it on! Had such a busy week this week with work and I'm looking forward to kicking back and watching this sport we all love today. Whatever your we earned dosh is on, good luck and I hope you get a shout and win some back of the old foe.
 
The twitter gamble boys have opted for these four today – give them a follow again and I hope today is the day their four timer comes in.
@Tonythetyke –
@Fernando_RFC2 – FILFIL 1555 MEYDAN
@LiamKenniford – SOUND INVESTMENT 1525 NEWBURY
@DazGilbert1 – KAI BROON 1535 KELSO
 
Here are my selections :
 
MON PARRAIN 1545 DONCASTER (nap) (Unplaced = -£5.00)
Showed his true class when winning for the blog at 25-1 on New Years Day at Cheltenham. I was really confident of him that day and I know some of you were on him too! I'm even more confident he can take this today! He has been raised 6lbs for his win, but I still think he is a better horse than he new mark and there is more to come. These types of races over longer distances that need him to be bold and brave bring out the best in him. There are other front runners who will push him too today. Sean Bowen returns and takes 5lbs off to help our cause more yet for me the biggrst factor is the ground, he loves good ground! Sit back and enjoy!
 
SOUND INVESTMENT 1525 NEWBURY (nb) (WON 7-2 = £12.25)
Paul Nicholls has won 6 of the last 9 runnings of this and today my selection can make it 7. I backed him last night at 5-1 and as I type this he is 11-4 in places – the money is coming! He is a smart horse and has some decent form in the bag; beating DOLATULO at Sandown and running well in fifth beihnd THE YOUNG MASTER over a distance too long. He drops back in trip today and the ground will help, he has a big weight to carry but is the best horse in the race for me.
 
ROALCO DES FARGES 1415 NEWBURY (treble) (unplaced = -£5.00)
He is two from two here, and if he reproduces that or his Cheltenham run back in October he will win is easily in my opinion. The concern is his last two runs which have been a little poor to be honest. He's been dropped 2lbs by the handicapper to OR140 and that is still a mark he hasn't won off. However, the opposition are the key; there Re no young upstarts here! Horses his own age or older are there to be taken! Horses for courses – he should run well today!
 
KELVINGROVE 1510 DONCASTER (unplaced = -£5.00)
BATAVIR is a decent horse but can he win three on the bounce after a 13lb hike form win one, I dont think so. My selection ran well when beaten by a short head by PULL THE CHORD in January and was then upped in trip at Haydock and ran well in a good race. The key for me here again is the ground. I think he will improve loads for the better ground, having won on good to firm on the flat!
 
My Dad's selections are :
KINGS GREY 1400 DONCASTER (UR = -£5.00)
BALLYOLIVER 1415 NEWBURY (unplaced = -£5.00)
BENNYS MIST 1525 NEWBURY (2nd -9-1 = £5.62)
DROP OUT JOE 1545 DONCASTER (2nd – 9-2 = £2.81)
 
Standings
Father 7-7 Son
Profit
Father -£52.64
Son £150.49
 
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Sandown, Ripon and a Monster Scoop6

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The curtain comes down on another fantastic jumps season. My favourite part of the season has to be HOLYWELL winning again at the Cheltenham festival. Love that horse! Probably every man and his dog are having a go at the Scoop6 today with the forecast jackpot, to pick 6 winners in itself is a miracle, never mind with 90 odd runners covering the races, more chance of winning there lottery, but someone has to, I hope its me, my family or one of you twitter friends! Good luck!

I went to Ripon racecourse in the Easter break for the first time, its a beautiful little course and the photo above is of ROUDEE winning the first at that meeting. I’m opting for a few selections again there this afternoon. The weather is key today and there has been a lot of rain, as I type the blog, Ripon reports as being on the slow side of good, Sandown – good to soft, good in places and Haydock good to firm! A right mixed bag! Looking forward to two weeks today as I will be in Warwick for my annual jaunt there!

Here are my selections for today, with my dad’s too, I’m currently whooping his ass! Whatever you select today good luck!

PEARL ICE 1450 RIPON (NAP) – (unplaced -£5.00) Looked a decent horse a few years ago and has disappointed a little bit to be fair. However he is a course and distance winner here on good to soft beating BECKERMET off 90. He also won at Doncaster over this distance on good to soft also off 90. Has raced off a high mark of 98 and has now dropped to an appealing mark of 92. He is well drawn and the visor may sharpen him up. I think he has a cracking chance here! I watched BARKSTON ASH win here the other week and he did it well and he is a danger despite his low draw.

POLLY PEACHUM 1625 SANDOWN (NB) – (2nd – 100/30 = £2.08)this mare ran a cracker again last week at Cheltenham and she has won me a good bit of money from here last two runs. The ground is key to her success so I’m slightly concerned on that front and advise caution here. However, a mare in form is always worth following and she has been raised 15lbs for her win at Cheltenham. I still think she has more to offer to be honest and Barry Geragty was very positive about her chances too in his blog.

CAESAR MILAN 1730 SANDOWN – (TREBLE) (3rd – 4-1 = £2.50) this is a cracking little race and some good horses running. L’UNIQUE may well have had his form boosted if POLLY PEACHUM goes in again and is a worthy top weight. However, my selection has been given some sharp rises by the handicapper and I think rightly so as he is a decent prospect. Two wins on heavy were impressive and the tongues tie really sorted him out. He ran really well back in a Grade 3 at here behind BRAVE VIC. Both DOCTOR HARPER and BROTHER BRIAN have gone on to win again from this race and my selection has been raised another 3 lbs to 134, the same mark BROTHER BRIAMN now has. He has to have a chance although I would have preferred the ground a bit softer.

STIFF UPPER LIP 1405 SANDOWN – (unplaced = -£5.00) won very easily in a novice event at Towcester on Sunday and interestingly is chucked back in here off the same mark. He also won very well at Newbury earlier in the year destroying the field on heavy ground. A versatile horse that could be on the up. Worth a punt at a good price seen as some of the more favoured horses have question marks against them.

As for the BET365 Gold cup I think ROALCO DES FARGES has a great chance, he was second in this to TIDAL BAY two years again off a pound lower and the Scottish National was too far for him. That said I have to chance my arm with my old favourite OPENING BATSMAN, he has ran like a pig all year and the trainer doesn’t know why as he shows all his ability at home. He has been given blinkers to day to hopefully sharpen him up and the increased distance will also help too. This guy has bags of class but hasn’t fancied it, interestingly Nick Scholfield rung up wanting the ride when Fehily got off! IF, and its a big IF he runs to his form when he beat ROLLING ACES last year he has a cracking chance. Co-incidently he is back down to the mark he won that race off!!

My Scoop6 selections are :

Leg 1 – STIFF UPPER LIP

Leg 2 – SIR REGINALD

Leg 3 – PEARL ICE

Leg 4 – YOURARTISONFIRE

Leg 5 – MOIDORE

Leg 6 – OPENING BATSMAN



My Dad’s selections today are :

KELTUS 1405 SANDOWN (unplaced = -£5.00)

ARKDIILY WITNESS 1550 SANDOWN (unplaced = -£5.00)

CAESAR MILAN 1730 SANDOWN (3rd 4-1 = £2.50)

MY KINGDOM 1655 DONCASTER (WON 9-1 = £28.12)

Current standings – FATHER 7-8 SON

Profit – FATHER £68.04 SON £124.24

Saturday Selections

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So after the exploits of Cheltenham and after a few Saturday’s off because of weddings and shopping its time to get back to the old blog. Today see’s the kick start of the flat season really, the winter derby at Lingfield, then its full steam ahead to the Lincoln next Saturday at Donny! Sandwiched in between we have the Grand National of course and I’m going to start my rain dancing for Tidal Bay’s chances over the next few weeks!

On to today and I’ve picked the normal four I fancy plus a few others who have caught my eye. The current standings in the Father v Son battle is :

FATHER 6-4 SON

Father = £81.48 profit

Son = £58.98 profit

Time for me to close the gap today!

Good luck if you’re having a flutter!

ALUTIQ 1515 LINGFIELD (NAP) – (unplaced – = -£5.00) this filly could be one to watch this year. She ran well in some decent races when she hit the racecourse proper last year and then she produced a decent performance when finishing 7th in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot. She won recently and goes today of the same mark as that win, the weight allowance she gets today will help her too and she has the potential to run a big race today. I just hope she doesn’t get Frank Spencer’d!

ROALCO DE FARGES 1530 NEWBURY (NB) – (WON 7-2 = £10.94) He has won over course and distance before, and most importantly on good ground. He is only albs higher in the official ratings than that victory. He ran off a rating of OR134 recently finishing second to both TEAFORTHREE and TIDAL BAY on ground that wasn’t the best for him. Dropped to a very nice mark judged on that form and his last run at Ludlow was much better and he has to have a great chance today.

GRANDADS HORSE 1420 NEWBURY (TREBLE) – (unplaced = -£5.00) this horse loves good ground, his races this year have been few and far between because of this. He was running, and did run, a cracker at the Festival but he got a whack about three from home that scuppered his chances. He is a normally a smart jumper and should be thereabouts today, I’m expecting him to be at the very least placed.

GEORGE GURU 1700 LINGFIELD – (WON 4-1 = £12.50) has some smart form in the book from his last couple of runs. He beat TELLOVOI two runs ago, and that horse nearly got up to beat the Lincoln favourite WHISPERING WARRIOR last time. Last time he finished second to the smart GREY MIRAGE and with conditions ideal again today and only a pound rise in the ratings he has a cracking chance.

Here are my Dad’s selections:

ADDICTIVE DREAM 1440 LINGFIELD (unplaced = -£5.00)

FARRAAJ 1550 LINGFIELD (unplaced = -£5.00)

MIDNIGHT CATARIA 1455 NEWBURY (unplaced = -£5.00)

ROALCO DE FARGES 1530 NEWBURY (WON 7-2 = £10.94)

Those are my selections for the blog and for the father v son competition, but I’ve also picked these out as worthy of an each way punt.

LUCI DI MEZZANOTTE 1455 NEWBURY – (unplaced) she had a decent go last time at Doncaster in a class 1 race and has a good record on decent ground. Was beaten by PIRATES QUEEN in a bumper at Taunton last year and she is 9lbs better off with that horse today in the weights for a head defeat. Has to have a sniff.

STEPPER POINT 1440 LINGFIELD – (WON 16-1 – what a price that was!) has been tried in some got races and has a 3lb penalty for it, but he has faced much better rivals than these and despite maybe needing the run, class is class and he could run a big race.

PREMIO LOCO 1550 LINGFIELD – (unplaced) his is an excellent each way bet, prior to his fifth in this last year, his record at Lingfield reads 1,1,2,1 – including a win and a second in this race. He’s a little long in the tooth but still retains his ability and his prep run will have helped to sharpen him up for this today.

SEA HERE 1625 LINGFIELD – (3rd – 8-1) very well bred colt through LOOK HERE and SEA THE STARS. Was a little small last year and could be one to watch this year, has shown glimpses of ability and if he has filled out bait over the winter he could be a 3 y o to watch this year.

Result

Father = -£4.06

Son = +£13.44

Totals

Father 6 v 5 Son

Profit

Father = £77.42

Son = £72.42

Wet Weather Saturday

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!
 
 
Results
Father + £26.25
Son + £9.53
 
Current standings are :
 
Father 4-4 Son
 
Profit –
SON = £78.82
FATHER = £73.51