Trials Day at Cheltenham

We know we are not too far from the festival when trials day is upon us. We also have a the Skybet chase at Donny too! God I love NH racing! I hope you followed the blog last week as my fine form continued with a win for the nap REBEL REBELION at 12-1 and also a win for BITOFAPUZZLE at 5-2. I'm hoping to continue this run going again and think I've found a great nap and a couple of decent prices in the big handicaps! I'm sat doing the blog on a Friday night for a change ready to go out with some old work colleagues for a nice Italian. Tomorrow is a busy day as I'm in school most of the day for rehearsals for the school play – OUR DAY OUT so wont get chance to watch the races until I get home! Sadly I may have to miss the #twittergamble out this week as I may not get time to hear from the lads. If I did you'll see it below. Whatever you are sticking your well earned money on, good luck in our continuing battle with old enemy – the bookie!
#twittergamble selections
@Liamkenniford – Un Temps Por Tout 1535 Cheltenham
@Fernando_RFC2 – Vaule At Risk 1500 Cheltenham
@TonytheTyke – Garrahalish 1315 Cheltenham
@DazGilbert1 – Green Tornado 1620 Lingfield
VAGO COLLONGES 1500 CHELTENHAM (nap) – (3rd – 8-1 = £5.00)
This fella really has some smart form in the bag! His season started with a defeat by THOMAS BROWN who has since franked the form with a victory and is now rated 6lbs better than my selection. THOMAS BROWN was defeated prior to his win by OUT SAM from the Henderson yard, who has since gone on to win again! Even more interestingly third in that race that day, behind THOMAS BROWN was a certain TEA FOR TWO who then went on to win two on the bounce including the demolition of the field in the Lanzarote. Told you it was smart form didn't I! My guy has also been ultra-consistent in all his runs and has been knocking at the door and could take a race like this. Bring it on! He's 7-1 as I type this!
NIGHT IN MILAN 1515 DONCASTER (nb) – (3rd – 12-1 = £7.50)
Loves it here, and ran so well when a narrow second, by a head, to one of my old favourites GRANDADS HORSE here last time. My guy was 5lbs worse off in the weights that day and they reoppose here with only a pound difference! Effectively he's 4lbs better off. He is also better off in the ratings too, my guy has been raised 2lbs to a mark of OR146, whereas his old nemesis was raised 6lbs for his win to a mark of OR145. It's tight and there are some other smart horses too, but I reckon my guy has it today, he's a better horse than when pulled up in this last year and I'm hopeful of a big run
BIG FELLA THANKS 1425 CHELTENHAM (treble) – (2nd – 25-1 = £15.62)
This guy is on such an appealing mark I have to have a bet on him! He has been a real star over the years and is in his twilight yet he still has ability. He has dropped to a mark of OR135, that is a full 10lbs lower than his last winning mark. You may say this is because he is in decline. For me though he's just been up against top horses and on a tough mark. He ran well in behind the likes of MA FILLEULE, TRANQUIL SEA and CHANCE DU ROY last year. He was also beaten by my selection PACHA DU POLDER a few years back in a hot race, that was off a mark 19lbs higher than this. He is also racing off a decent weight below 11 stone too and this could be his day!
BLACK RIVER 1315 CHELTENHAM – (unplaced = -£5.00)
This guy has flattered to deceive so far, yet I have to stick with him as I beleive he is such a talented horse and exciting prospect and this track may bring out the best in him. I'm putting last time down to awful ground as I think it really was bottomlesss that day. He runs off the same mark today and has to have a good shout in a competitive race. He did beat VAUTOUR as a juvenile! Game on!
My Dad's selections are :
Father 5-6 Son
Father -£31.07
Son £179.49

Cheltenham Trials Day

Well we really have to take our hats off to the Cheltenham team, what a monumental effort to get this fixture on. I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm thankful, I'm tired of scrappy Class 6 handicaps on the all-weather. Lets get back to proper NH racing and what a selection of equine aces we have on show today. Gutted that my old favourite Tiday Bay doesn't run as the conditions have come up perfect for him.
Anyway kick back and enjoy the action on the most exciting racing day we have had for what seems an age.
I have decided to choose a selection for every race today, and have also highlighted my top three as usual. Hope we can find a few today. I thought what the hell and put them all in an accumulator too, if I win, of which the odds are ridiculous I may buy a horse for Cheltenham!!
12.10 IRISH SAINT – (2nd – 10-11) is Paul Nicholls' best chance today according to his wager on the Morning Line this morning. Smashed Mcvicar last time out and that horse is well thought of by his connections. KING ARTHUR fell in that race and since ran well to place the other week to boost the form a bit. He's the top rated horse and should win this too.
12.40 BALLYGARVEY (nap) – (PU) won really impressively from the front last time in two classes below this. The handicapper was impressed with that and bumped him up 15lbs. He has won two out of two on heavy and I reckon he will go on today as he is still relatively unexposed and could develop into a nice prospect. Good to see connections keeping Tom O'Brien on board too.
13.15 PACHA DU POLDER (nb) – (PU) this horse has always been highly regarded and as yet hasn't run to true form. He was easily beaten by BOLD SIR BRIAN last time over a distance that didn't suit. Today he is something like 10lbs better off over a better trip. He has form in France over soft and heavy ground and am hoping today is the day he shows how good he is.
13.50 SPRINTER SACRE – (WON 1-5) the aeroplane! Is there anything else I need to write?
14.25 CAPE TRIBULATION (treble) – (WON 7-1) won well last time beating MR MOONSHINE in the Rowland Merrick chase. He seems to have got his act together and has always had a touch of class about him. He ran in some good races as a hurdler and has beaten the likes of Junior in that field. I love watching Denis O'Regan ride and he will hopefully get a tune out of him today.
15.00 AT FISHERS CROSS – (WON 13-2) has been impressive all year including over three miles here on heavy last time. The drop in trip will allow him to set up a decent pace and hopefully nick it off THE NEW ONE over the last hurdle and the run in.
15.35 KENTFORD GREY LADY – e/w (3rd – 11-1) will enjoy this test of stamina more and she gets an allowance of the market leaders which may prove to be a real help in these conditions. She really is a tough mare and the trip was too short last time, she has a touch of class and should run to a place at decent odds.
16.10 MR WATSON – (WON 11-4) when Tony McCoy slims down to ride 10-3 you have to take notice. Won well last time over two miles on soft and is going in the right direction. Don't forget SADLER'S RISK who was also a smart juvenile and ran to sixth here in the Triumph last year. He may run a good race at a very good price. I will have him as an e/w bet too.