Trials Day

 
A bit of a disappointing week last week for the blog with only CAROLES SPIRIT returning a bit of profit. It has seen me draw level with my dad though at 3-3. There is a real twinge of excitement as I write this, it is trials day which means the Festival isn't too far away! Enjoy the feast of racing today and the return of one of the best horses in Big Bucks. I just hope he's over his injury and even a 75% fit BB would still beat these, I got 6-4 for him this morning, which I'm staggered at, what a bet that is! I just hope he runs well and returns injury free though. Good luck if you're having a flutter and we'll hopefully find you a few winners on the blog!
 
UNIONISTE 1515 DONCASTER (nap) – (3rd – 11-4 = £1.72) the class horse in the race and I love backing these top horses who carry a big weight. There are the gest horse so should have that weight, but love it when they still win. This guy will do this today the rain overnight will have helped and despite not getting into it in the Lexus, that race is way above this class. Harry Derham taking 5lb off is another huge plus.
 
CONQUISTO 1330 DONCASTER (nb) – (unplaced -£5.00) another to carry top weight. This race is much easier than the last couple of outings and for me the drop back to two miles is key. He won well at Aintree under McCoy earlier this year but trounced his rivals at Ayr over two miles last year. The ground is softer but he has won on heavy and this track will allow him to lead and attack from the final bend and out speed and out stay them. Cracking price!
 
MCLLHATON 1225 DONCASTER (treble) – (2nd – 15-2 = £4.69) ran very well on his comeback on soft behind JUNCTION FOURTEEN. He is nicely handicapped I think and he has a solid form at the track when third behind AFRICAN GOLD last year. Should run a big race today!
 
CAID DU BERLAIS 1255 DONCASTER – (unplaced = -£5.00) was very impressive last time and this looks a smart horse. The withdrawal of ROCK ON RUBY strengthens his chances more. He ran behind JEZKI too showing his level of ability and even though the form of his win isn't that good he looks a great chasing prospect.
 
I am also having a few dollars on the following at Cheltenham ULCK DU LIN, ROCKY CREEK, BIG BUCKS and RED SHERLOCK.
 
Here are my dads selections for today :
 
OUR MICK 1350 CHELTENHAM (unplaced -£5.00)
HOUBLON DES OBEAUX 1425 CHELTENHAM (unplaced -£5.00)
UNIONISTE 1515 DONCASTER (3rd – 11-4 = £1.72)
AMOR ALATO 1610 CHELTENHAM (3rd – 4-1 = £2.50)

Result
Son = -£3.59
Father = -£5.78
 
Standings : FATHER 3-4 SON
 
PROFIT
SON £69.29
FATHER £47.26
 
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Cheltenham 2013 Gold Cup Day

Well what a day that was!!! The nap HOLYWELL rompted in at 25-1. As I said on the blog he was one of my two top bets for the festival, and boy did he prove me right. Good job to be fair, as all my other selectons disappointed. It was great to hear on twitter of a few of you who took my advice, and thanks for your nice comments. I'm on a bit of a run at the moment and hoping it will continue.
 
On to the final day, where has it gone already! Below are my selections for Friday and the second of my big fancies! Enjoy the racing and enjoy the Gold Cup.
 
1.30 TRIUMPH HURDLE

This is always a difficult one to win and it is competitive again. My selection in this is FAR WEST (2nd – 4-1), while the Nicholls string hasn't been firing on all cylinders, this one is a damn good horse. He has won well twice here and that could be his trump card. I'm hoping this gets the Ditcheat team off the mark. I think the slightly better ground will go against ROLLING STAR. I am however having a little each way on SWYNMOR (unplaced) who despite his poor effort last time looked all over the winner before falling at the last before that. He may still run to his capabilities.
 
2.05 VINCENT O'BRIEN COUNTY HURDLE

This is the race for my second big fancy of the week. He is a real favourite of mine, but this is not a case of heart ruling head as he has fantastic ability and the form to boot. COTTON MILL (nap) (FELL) ran exceptionally well at Newbury behind MY TENT OR YOURS and they even thought of entering him in the Champion Hurdle. Next year definitely. Last season he was very impressive at Warwick defeating subsequent impressive winner AMBION WOOD. He was then going just as well as SIMONSIG in last year's Neptune when unseating Denis by going throught the side part of the hurdle. He will appreciate the better ground and will have the pace to run these into the ground up the hill. His was impressive last time and that will have put him right and DENIS O'REGAN did say this was his best ride of the week. For a little each way money HISABAAT (unplaced) is on a very good mark considering his form in the Triumph here last year.
 
2.40 ALBERT BARTLETT NOVICES HURDLE

The winner of this race has to have immense battling qualities. AT FISHER'S CROSS (WON 11-8) has been nothing but impressive this year and showed true grit and determination when holding off THE NEW ONE last time out. How much stronger does that form look now, he also beat MEDINAS by about 12 lengths here on December, further form franked. Whilst this as always is a tough race to win I can't see past this one!
 
3.20 BETFRED GOLD CUP

I have to side with the favourite BOB'S WORTH (nb) (WON 11-4) here. Not only does have have superb course form (4 from 4) but he will stay all day and has been finishing his races off so strongly. If you go back into his form he has beaten the likes of ROCK ON RUBY and CUE CARD and in his last two outings defeated FIRST LIEUTENANT here in the RSA Chase. He then jumped superbly in the Hennessey beating TIDAL BAY, and look what he did since then. He has the class, the form, the engine and is the one for me. SILVINIACO CONTI has done nothing wrong and is a good jumper too but if push comes to shove in the final furlong or two I think he'll struggle. I am going to have a bit each way on CAPE TRIBULATION (unplaced) who has come on so much lately and the forecast rain and the staying slog this is will help him, I just don't think he has the class.
 
4.00 FOXHUNTER CHASE

Again another one that really doesn't interest me, but I will put up TRICKY TRICKSTER (PU) to maintain his comeback from injury. He was a potentially top class horse and did run well in the Grand National a few years back.
 
4.40 MARTIN PIPE CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS HANDICAP

GEVREY CHAMBERTIN is going the right way and was very impressive at Wincanton. However, there are a few with better chances in this at a lower weight. MA FILLEULE (unplaced) is one of those, receiving 11lbs off GEVREY is a lot to get and when you look at her form it makes me fancy her chances more. She won well at Warwick last time in a Grade 2 race, so she drops in class and the second (SWINCOMBE FLAME) franked the form when running well behind QUEVEGA on Tuesday. The third in that race KAUTO SHINY also ran well in the same race behind the supermare! At a big price DOUBLE ROSS (3rd – 14-1) is worth my each way money, he is the only confirmed front runner and may not get pegged back!
 
5.15 GRAND ANNUAL CHASE

The final race of the festival and I'm hoping to go out with a bang. ULCK DU LIN (treble) (PU)has the right profile for this and is a progressive horse. This one has more to offer and ran well beating NOZIC last time in bad conditions, and depending on the weather it may be a slog in this.
 
So those are my selections, I am equally as confident about COTTON MILL as I was with HOLYWELL, but please don't think that what I say is gospel and as I had a 25-1 winner I know it all, I don't! If you are having a flutter, do so at a level you can afford and good luck!
 
Here are my selections in short :
 
1.30 FAR WEST (2nd 4-1) SWYNMOR (ew) (unplaced)

2.05 COTTON MILL (nap) (FELL) HISABAAT (ew) (unplaced)

2.40 AT FISHER'S CROSS (WON 11-8)

3.20 BOBS WORTH (nb) (WON 11-4) CAPE TRIBULATION (ew) (unplaced)

4.00 TRICKY TRICKSTER (PU)

4.40 MA FILLEULE (unplaced) DOUBLE ROSS (ew) (3rd – 14-1)

5.15 ULCK DU LIN (treble) (PU)