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
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.
Father = -£4.06
Son = +£13.44
Father 6 v 5 Son
Father = £77.42
Son = £72.42