Cheltenham

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Happy new year to you all! I hope everyone had a great celebration last night and I wish all who read this blog a prosperous 2016! It certainly starts with a cracking meeting; I had TRIOLO D'ALENE pencilled in for this meeting until tbe rain came. I have been waiting for him to run on good ground for ages, he will win a big handicap this year!
This meeting last year was a fruitful one for me, have a read here
 
Lets hope I've picked a few winners again below! It's a shame the ground has turned heavy as it really does lead to unpredictable results.
 
BATAVIR 1430 CHELTENHAM (nap)
This guy went into everyone's notebooks when romping in on his British debut at Ascot in 2014. Since then he's flattered to deceive. He was well fancied when running here in November but never really got competitive and to me he looked like he needed the run. He ran much better in the fixed brush hurdle at Haydock last time in what was a hot race. He has been dropped 2lbs to OR130 and I think we'll see a performance from him today. He did have TEAFORTWO behind that day and we've seen what that horse has done recently, and DEFINITELY RED who was second that day is a smart horse who is odds on at Catterick today. I put SO FINE up on the blog earlier in the season and then blooming missed him winning at 25-1!! He should be thereabouts, but I think it's too soft for him.
 
WHISPER 1505 CHELTENHAM (nb)
This guy is the highest rated in the race and proved his class when beating COLE HARDEN at Aintree. He did nothing last time at Newbury when favourite and I'm putting a line through that. Henderson's horses weren't really firing then and he was never interested. He has won here before and has won on heavy ground. I think we'll see the real Whisper today.
 
A GOOD SKIN 1355 CHELTENHAM (treble)
This fella won well here last year and looked like a horse who would continue to develop and progress this year. He hasnt really fired at all this year, he was running well in the Badger Ales at Wincanton but then got tired near the end. He carried 11 stone that day and only has 10 stone 2lbs today, that reduction of weight on ground like this could prove key!
 
SEEYOUATMIDNIGHT 1320 CHELTENHAM (WON 7-2)
This fella will love this ground and he has always looked a smart horse. He put in some impressive performances last season over hurdles and he got his revenge over SILSOL last time out at Kelso. I think he will be atalented chaser too and this could be a stepping stone to greater things.
 
Staked £1 Lucky 15 = £15
 
My Dad's selections are :
 
TENOR NIVERNAIS 1355 CHELTENHAM
SINGLEFARMPAYMENT 1430 CHELTENHAM
TOP NOTCH 1505 CHELTENHAM
ALWAYTIPSY 1520 MUSSELBURGH
 
PLACINGS
FATHER 1-4 SON
PROFIT/LOSS
Father – £59.39
Son -£21.04
 
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Cheltenham Day 3

Not a great day on the blog today with only NICHOLS CANYON and SOUTHFIELD THEATRE placed. I thought I had a good few chances today too and I was really disappointed by how the Ferguson pair ran! Heyho, it is the most competitive week of racing ever! We move on to the next day with a heavy heart, the reason being the sad sight of SPRINTER SACRE running like that – something clearly still amiss and its such a shame he has fallen from grace so, he's still a legend in my eyes though.
 
The twitter gamble boys have opted for
@Tonythetyke –
@LiamKenniford – VAUTOUR 1330
@DazGilbert1 –
@Fernando_RFC2 –
 
My selections for Thursday are
 
JLT NOVICES CHASE 1330

PTIT ZIG, other than blotting his note book in his last appearance has done nothing wrong this year. He has gone from strength to strength and looked very good when beating both CHAMPAGNE WEST and JOSSES HILL earlier on. He's a class horse and I think he'll go toe to toe with VAUTOUR but will come out on top.
 
PERTEMPTS FINAL 1405

I have to opt for JOIN THE CLAN (treble) here. Whatever they did to him prior to that Warwick run has worked a treat! He has gone on from that and won again pretty convincingly under the same jockey as today. More impressive was the fact that he beat CLOSING CEREMONY so well and he reopposes today having franked the form. The jockey taking another 10lbs off is again key for me to make his racing weight quite light again. I hope to see him creeping into it and then staying on late.
 
RYANAIR CHASE 1440

Despite me loving MA FILLEULE I'm going to go against her! I think the better ground will really bring out the best of a Cheltenham star. JOHN'S SPIRIT has always been very good and he showed that consistently last year. I just think this race will be set up for him nicely and he'll come out on top.
 
LABROKES WORLD HURDLE 1520

This is a decent race with the biggest field for a while. SAPHIR DE RHEU ran really well last time and will slug it out with his stablemate ZARKANDAR. I'm really interested though by WHISPER returning to the hurdling field after one chase start. He was always smart over these obstacles and the better ground should suit too. I think he will run the two above close and is worth a flutter at his price.
 
BROWN ADVISORY & MERRIBELLE STABLE PLATE CHASE 1600

MONETAIRE has ran very well on both occasions for the Pipe yard and there could be even more to come. However, I have followed CAID DU BERLAIS (nb) all year and cant desert him now. He won the Paddy Power and was a creditable third last time. He's gallant and I think he has more to offer too.
 
FULKE WALWYN CHASE 1640

TAP NIGHT frustrates the hell out of me at times and he will probably go and win this now I havent backed him! It takes a lot to win a handicap off top weight but GRANDADS HORSE (nap) has a bit of class about him, especially on good ground. Other than last time when he hever got into it he has ran really well, especially on ground zi dont think is suitable for him to show his best. He's dropped in class and now has his preferred ground. Crazy price of 25-1 due to one bad run! Get on!
 

The Grand National

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The big race day has arrived! First and foremost lets hoe these wonderful creatures all get round safely. Secondly lets enjoy the spectacle! A decent couple of runs on the blog yesterday with HOLYWELL winning for me again. What a horse he is proving to be and now favourite for the Gold Cup!!! My nap also ran a cracker, ROLLING ACES (16-1) was just pipped after running a corker and showing his true form. How impressive was MA FILLEULLE too, I thought she might run a decent race as I said on the blog, but she;s a brave one and oozing a bit of class! On to today, my Dad has a few selections as always and you can see our latest results below. He will be reading this in his hospital bed after having a knee replacement surgery! Hope you’re doing well Dad x

TIDAL BAY 1615 AINTREE (NAP) – (UR = -£5.00) I’m sure if you’ve read my blog a lot you will know how much I love this horse! If he wins today it will most certainly bring down the curtain on a fantastic career. Everyone keeps saying no 13 yo has won it, he’s too old etc. Not me, he’s been dropped a good few pounds by the handicapper to gives him a real go at this and when the weights came out I lumped on ante-post at 25-1. The rain I think has arrived so it could be soft at the off, he has bags of stamina and if he thereabouts at the last fence the run in should bring about all his qualities. If he runs well he may stay in training too! Go on the old boy show ’em what you’re all about! My other selection in the race is the other Wylie horse PRINCE DE BEAUCHENE, he was favourite twice for this before injury and he has been looked after this year. Ruby rode such a gentle arc eon him at Thurles when he had every chance to win, I thought then I wonder what they are saving him for!

COURT MINSTREL 1710 AINTREE (NB) (WON – 16-1 = £50.00) this horse produced two fantastic runs under this jockey last year and is worth another chance. He beat SAMTEGAL easily last year and is dropped a couple of pounds, he has lots of weight to carry but for a reason, he’s the class horse in the race and is rated 8 lbs better than the next horse. If he’s on song he’ll murder them.

HINTERLAND 1405 AINTREE (TREBLE) – (unplaced = -£5.00) was running a cracker in the champion chase before being brought down, he may not of beaten Sire de Grugy but he would have been close. I think he’ll win this today, he looks a different horse this year, jumps smoothly and quickly, and will enjoy the ground. Great chance

WHISPER 1450 AINTREE – (WON – 4-1 = £12.50) we know the likes of At Fisher’s Cross and Zarkandar are very good but this horse has really impressed me this year and he appears to be very progressive. I think he’s got more improvement in him and could be the surprise package here outside the top two.

I also fancy a little flutter on GULLINBURSTI 1525 (3rd – 10-1) who ran an much improved race last time at Kelso of a big weight, with less in then saddle today and another bold show he can take this race too.

My Dad’s selections are :

LAC FONTANA 1330 (WON – 9-2 = £14.06)

BALDER SUCCES 1405 (WON – 7-2 = £10.94)

MELODIC RENDEZVOUS 1450 (unplaced = -£5.00)

RENARD 1525 (unplaced = -£5.00)



His national selections are TIDAL BAY and BALTHAZAR KING.

Current standings : FATHER 6-7 SON

Profit :

Father £67.42

Son £121.30

Good luck if you’re having a flutter!