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Another successful week on the blog last week following on from KRUZHLININ the week before. NATIVE RIVER was very impressive and looks a really potential superstar based on last week’s success. Looking forward to seeing how he develops during the year. On to this week, another cracking card at both Aintree and Sandown.
The Tingle Creek is the race of the day. SIRE DE GRUGY looked back to his best last time out and has won this twice and has a superb record here. UN DE SCEAUX is the favourite but I worry about his record first time out and think he now needs further. AR MAD is very interesting and has bags of scope. However, based on his last run, SIRE DE GRUGY gets the nod for me.
The Becher chase is a hell of a handicap and there are lots of trends that descimate the field. Paricularly around the age of a horse. ALVARADO has been backed all week and has a great record here, but I’m not sure this is long enough and the ground will suit. SILVERGROVE has lots of potential and shout be thereabouts after a decent run at Cheltenham last time. Alan King is starting to motor recently and ZIGA BOY, despite his age, ticks alot of boxes. He destroyed his rivals at Doncaster last year and if you can forgove the last two runs last year he has to have a chance. He’s warmed up well for this and he should be primed for a big run and I think this track will suit.
CORRIN WOOD has always been a smart horse and lost his way considerably with Donald McCain. He ran back to his best last time when eventually caught at Cheltenham by ANTEROS. This race is a huge drop in class and he is very well handicapped. The 7-2 price isnt going to last long and that could ge real value. He should breeze this.
FINGAL BAY is a very classy staying hurdler and his reappearance run was much better. This is a drop in class and despite his big weight he could and should be better than these. He is back on his last winning mark of OR148 when he won the Pertempts and that is surely his target this year. The claim from the jockey will certainly help his cause. Big run expected.
£10 win CORRIN WOOD 245 Chepstow
£2.50 e/w FINGAL BAY 120 Sandown
£5 win SIRE DE GRUGY 3.00 Sandown
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A couple of near misses last week on the blog. Fingal Bay ran well I thought but Smad Place was awesome. Can't put as much detail into the blog today as normal as I'm off to play footy shortly in a cup match….early kick off!
I've changed the style of bet for the blog too and will be putting a £1 Lucky 15 on our selections and will put the profit/loss up accordingly.
Good luck today if you're having a bet!
GOONYELLA 1340 AINTREE (nap)
He had a cracking season last year and has been raised alot in terms of his mark since running poorly in this last year. I've opted for him as I think this will take alot of getting today, and the wind will add to it. His jumping has improved and he must have a sniff.
SIRE DE GRUGY 1500 SANDOWN (nb)
He is the best rated of these and despite his poor track record since injury he still has the ability to win this. He has a great record here and the yard is in much better form. He has chucked in a couple of bad jumps recently and will need to be on it through the railway fences. I just think he'll do it today.
QUALANDO 1445 AINTREE (treble)
Smart horse and the ground will be no issue for him. I think he'll run a big race today and will improve further for the last run. You can't dismiss a horse like this.
AWAYWITHTHEGREYS 1400 CHEPSTOW
Has won twice here over course and distance and on heavy ground. He will love this testing run today and had a good few decent runs on the flat. Expecting a big run from him today.
My Dad's selections are :
FATHER 1-2 SON
Father – £29.39
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)
Father 2-2 Son
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.