Friday blog…T20 is here!

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Apologies. Today’s blog will be very brief indeed as I have a ridiculously busy day. Working Coral TV in the morning before dashing down south to host the opening T20 of the season at Hove as Sussex take on Surrey in front of a sell out!

I can’t even believe to tell you how frustrating Thursday’s maximum bet was. We were miles ahead of the market. Backed form all rates of 7/2 into 11/8 only for the truck to get stuck in traffic and didn’t make it to the track. Our cover has been blown for next time. Bugger.

Tabreek was really well backed and won well. The step up in trip did the trick. Still not sure how Fort Bastian didn’t win…….

On to Friday’s action then and not an awful lot to report in terms of eye catchers.

The 3.50 at York is a race to savor with a host of progressive sprinters. Plenty of winners will come out of this race. I like 6 or 7 of them quite a lot so this will be a race for the video boys.

First bet of the day comes over at Newmarket (4.00) when I will be playing two against the field. First up is BIG BAZ who created a really nice impression when sprinting clear on debut at Lingfield back in December. He hasn’t been as impressive since but did shape really nicely in a very competitive class 2 handicap last time. He got messed about and trapped on heels as they quickened and his jockey quickly saved him for another day. I think he is potentially well handicapped off 84 and should be backed accordingly. I will be having a money back saver in the race on GONE DUTCH who shaped like a middle distance horse to follow this season on his re-appearance.

BIG BAZ – 2 pts win @ 8/1, GONE DUTCH 1 pt win @ 3/1

The second bet of the day is SELLINGALLTHETIME (5.00 York) for Mick Appleby and Andrew Mullen who have already been in winning form this week on the Knavesmire. I am convinced that the son of Tamayuz is well handicapped off a mark of 66 and squeezes in here off just 8 stone 7. The track at Beverley last time would not have suited as he tried to come from off the pace and was forced to switch late on. Conditions here should suit and he could end up being some value as there are a lot of potential improvers in here. He is as big as 20/1 in places and should be backed each way.

SELLINGALLTHETIME 1 pt each way @ 20/1

Enjoy the action and the weather! If you’re at the game tonight, come and say hello!

All the best

MG

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The big Saturday blog…..

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Morning campers. I theory I should have a banging headache and a stinking hangover this morning after yesterday’s heroics. Luckily With two full days of cricket this weekend I managed to fend off the urge for big celebrations and kept it low-key, so I’m nice and fresh.

Thank you for all the lovely messages and texts etc about yesterday. It makes the effort of writing a blog more than worthwhile. The three main bets of the day all in the end won with some considerable ease. There was never too much worry at all. STOMP as expected is well ahead of the handicapper and was given a lovely patient ride by George Baker. He  has given a very well handicapped horse a good beating and should be followed. KNIGHT OWL was always going to win. Tracking the front two he was always traveling strongly and won like a progressive horse and then ten minutes later FLOW landed the maximum bet in good style despite just getting tired close home. I hope plenty of you put them into some multiples! By the sounds of it, lots of you did! Great work!

Here are today’s trainer stats courtesy of Profrom:

Trainer form with entries today. Win and place strike rate with min 10 runners:

Ger Lyons 75% (16 runners)

Karl Burke 66.67% (27 runners)

Dermot Weld 59.09% (22 runners)

Robert Cowell 56.25% (16 runners)

Ralph Beckett 53.85% (26 runners)

Chris Gordon 53.85% (13 runners)

Michael Dods 53.85% (13 runners)

Amanda Perrett 53.33% (15 runners)

Andrew Balding 53.19% (47 runners)

Kim Bailey 52.94% (17 runners)

Alan King 51.43% (35 runners)

Another really busy day today but nothing fancied as strong as we had yesterday. One or two pokes at big prices. We are well over 100 points up this month now though already so we can be afforded this luxury.

First up is HAMELIN (2.05 Ascot). A bit like Flow yesterday, he is a pattern performer waiting to happen. Just a 6lb rise for a ready win first time in a handicap at the back-end of last year. I expect him to win on his re-appearance.

HAMELIN 2 PTS WIN @ 11/4

I do really like the chances of SAIGON CITY (4.30 Nottingham). He is progressive and surely would have won last time had he had better luck/ if the track had suited. Big galloping track like this today should suit much more and I would expect him to go very close indeed on route to better things. If there is a lurker in this race it could be BARREN BROOK who is also on the interesting list. I will certainly be having a saver on him having shaped with interest on both his starts so far this year.

SAIGON CITY 3 PTS WIN @ 4/1, BARREN BROOK 1 PT SAVER @ 14/1

ANOTHER ROYAL (5.40 Thirsk)  is right at the top of my interesting list at the moment. He has been shaping like a punt is in order for some time. Interesting that he has been stepped up to a mile for the first time today which on his pedigree he is far from certain to get. He has though been shaping like he would appreciate it so it is probably worth a go. If the money comes then he would be very interesting. At about 17/2 he is worth a go today.

ANOTHER ROYAL 2 pts win @17/2

The last bet in a two against the field format is REAL TIGRESS (7.40 Thirsk) and SPACE WAR. We all know about Real Tigress. We have backed her for her last two victories and she hinted the other day that a 6lb penalty would not stop her. So she is worth going in with again in case she has improved again. The one that I am most interested in though is one at a huge price in SPACE WAR. His last win came at this time of year off today’s mark of 66. He was once rated in the 90’s so he is thrown in on some of his old form. His return was very eye-catching in that there was very little effort whatsoever in the saddle. The step back up to a mile today is a big positive and bearing in mind they are a gambling yard, he rates as very interesting if today is the day. You can get plenty of 20/1 this morning which will do very nicely.

REAL TIGRESS 1 PT WIN @ 4/1, SPACE WAR 2 pts EACH WAY @ 20/1

Two shorties I think will both win are YOURARTISONFIRE (4.35 Ling) and SEA DEFENSE (7.55 War), so those of you looking for a multiple should include those. Like I said at the top, nothing as strong as yesterday on a busy Saturday but hopefully we have found a few winners.

The best of luck if you are getting involved in the scoop 6 today. 7.5 million pounds up for grabs. I won’t be playing, it looks devilishly difficult to me and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it rolls over again.

Best of luck today

All the best

MG

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Friday’s blog………

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A late night last night was kinda inevitable with game four of the Bruins series with the Habs not starting till half past midnight which was just about the same time as the 2014 NFL draft. The skins get the 2nd pick in round two, hopefully we can start to build a secondary! Game four was certainly nail-biting! I think I woke up the whole street when we scored the over time winner to take a 1-0 road win and tie the series up at two a piece. I have to admit we are fortunate to be level, Montreal have out skated us, their rink length break passes are dangerous and their penalty kill is the best I have seen this year.

I’m hosting @TimeformRadio this afternoon so I’m writing this whilst being thrown about on the train. Don’t know what it is but the Brighton-London mainline just seems to get busier and busier, even after rush hour.

A quick look back on yesterday. We only liked the look of one of the races at Chester and that produced a lovely 8/1 winner and 7/1 second. They pulled well clear of the others and have both out run their current marks. Hoping that this rich vein of form will continue through the rest of the summer.

Let’s move on to some Proform stats for the day today.

Trainers win & place strike rates with min 10 runners in the last 14 days:

Saeed Bin Suroor 63.64% (11 runners)

Karl Burke 62.50% (24 runners)

Michael Dods 61.11% (18 runners)

Ralph Beckett 59.26% (27 runners)

Andrew Balding 54.76% (42 runners)

Amanda Perrett 53.85% (13 runners)

Karl Burke and David Elsworth both remain in excellent form and have winning strike rates of over 40%.

Having gone through the Chester card today for the radio I found it hard to come up with anything I could get overly enthusiastic about. I did think that CENTURY will run a big race in the Dee Stakes (2.15) but found it difficult to find any other angles.

First up today is STOMP (3.05 Lingfield). He has been on the radar for ages. He should have won both of his last two starts at the back-end of last year but for bad luck in running/poor rides. He comes here on the back of an easy victory at Windsor on his re-appearance after being gelded over the winter. A 6lb rise only actually leaves him 3lb higher than when he should have won at Pontefract. I think he is still seriously well handicapped off 79 and provided there are no traffic problems I expect him to win again. He is a Timeform horse in focus. The money has really come this morning for  Double Up so there is plenty of 3/1 available. I would just throw in a nice note for AMAHORO who I am sure is going to win one of these soon enough. He might just be bumping into a couple of very well handicapped horses though today. I will have a small saver on him to cover the bets.

STOMP 4 PTS WIN @ 3/1 BOG, AMAHORO 0.5pt win @ 20/1

I fully Expect MAIDEN APPROACH (6.50 Nottingham) to make a winning re-appearance. She managed to win her final start over five furlongs but is surely going to be more effective over this sort of trip today.

MAIDEN APPROACH 2PTS WIN @ 5/1

It is probably worth throwing a final dart at JOEY’S DESTINY (7.15 Ascot) this evening. He has been unlucky not to win already this season and has been bumped up another 4lbs for being beaten at Windsor last time. I am not sure that track entirely suited whereas Ascot most certainly will and he was beaten by what I consider to be a very well handicapped horse at Windsor in the enigmatic Huntsman’s Close. He is a double figure price so just fire 1pt at him each way as he should be in the money at least.

JOEY’S DESTINY 1 pt EACH WAY @ 15/2

KNIGHT OWL (7.25 Nottingham) is another for me who is close to maximum bet material. He progressed really well toewards the back end of last year and on his re-appearance run two weeks ago he travelled like the best horse in the race for a long way before a lack of race fitness just took its toll late on. That should have put him spot on for this evening and I expect him to be incredibly hard to beat tonight.

KNIGHT OWL 4 pts win @ 3/1

FLOW (7.35 Ripon) is absolutely maximum material in spades. He progressed nicely last year and was just foiled in a big field handicap on his final start at York when a well backed favourite. He is up 3lbs but still races off a mark of 86 here when I’m sure he is a three figure horse waiting to happen. If he is fit and ready to go here today then he is going to take a world of beating.

FLOW MAXIMUM 5 PTs WIN @ 7/2

Final two to come off the list are a little bit later on with MR MATTHEWS (7.50 Ascot) looking like fair value for a big run. He in my opinion has been looking for a seventh furlong and today he gets it. His trainer could not possibly be in better form 62% getting placed and over 40% winning in the last 14 days and he just looks much too big a price tonight

MR MATTHEWS 1 pts EACH WAY @ 14/1

The last one of the day is a bit of a dart in the form of MALACHIM MIST (8.20 Ascot). He has dropped to a nice mark based on some of last years efforts (especially the Nottingham run) and he shaped well for a long way on his re-appearance. One or two of the yards runners have really needed that first run and if that has sharpened him up he could be massively over-priced in this tonight. Frankie takes the ride and no one rides Ascot better. Interesting.

MALACHIM MIST 1 PT EACH WAY @ 25/1

Because I am so strong on STOMP, FLOW and KNIGHT OWL I have thrown them into some multiples as well in the hoping of a game changer!

Really busy afternoon presenting Timeform Radio today. Hope you all enjoy the action and that we have managed to find one or two winners again!

Have a good day,

All the best,

MG

Thunder sends shivers through the King…….

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A thrilling 2000 Guineas was the highlight of the action on Saturday with 40/1 shot Night Of Thunder taking first prize despite drifting across half the track. The runners split into two groups which have led some reports to believe the race has thrown up an odd result, I personally don’t really buy into this. Kingman ran a blinder to finish 2nd. Probably in front early enough on the far side. Australia is now a short price favourite on the back of his 3rd for the Derby, which is good news as I will be keen to take him on at Epsom.

Today is the turn of the ladies in the 1000. As per usual my ante-post position on My Titania has gone with the wind! 17 fillies are set to go to post at 3.50 and I am really keen now on the chances of MISS FRANCE. Andre Fabre’s filly was most impressive when winning the Oh So Sharp back in September when winning with quite a bit in hand. She can be forgiven being beaten on her re-appearance as the race was a mess from the start. It will at the very least have put her cherry ripe for this afternoon.

A quick look back at some of the results yesterday. Absolutely So won really well as did Fort Bastian. Waseem Farris ran a blinder at a huge price and was actually maybe unfortunate not to win. Fingers crossed plenty of you backed them all.

Time for some Proform stats for trainers that have runners this afternoon:

Trainers win and place strike rate with more than 10 runners in the last 14 days:

A P O’Brien 68.18% (22 runners)

Ralph Beckett 61.54% (26 runners)

Saeed Bin Suroor 60% (10 runners)

John Bridger 53.85% (13 runners)

Michael Dods 52.38% (21 runners)

Clive Cox 52.38% (21 runners)

Andrew Balding 51.52% (33 Runners)

I should also note from these figures that Karl Burke currently has a 35.71% winning strike rate as 10 of his last 28 runners have won. He sends out Odeliz and Yeeoow today.

On to today’s eye catchers. First up we have ECONOMIC CRISIS (1.55 Ham) who has been in the book since an interesting run back in October.  He is now a well handicapped horse as he is 5lbs below his last winning mark. His two runs this year will have made him cherry ripe for this afternoon and he absolutely loves it here (all three career wins at Hamilton). He is as big as 8/1 in places in a race that looks very winnable indeed.

YEEOOW (3.10 Newmarket) looks to be coming to the boil really nicely and he is on a winning mark. The yard is absolutely bouncing as we have already mentioned sending out 10 winners from their last 28 runners. This is really competitive but it should be run to suit and if you shop around then you can get some 14/1 with the first five places being paid by some of the big firms if you like the each way angle. I would almost insist on a saver or maybe split stakes on NINJAGO in the same race. He was potentially unlucky not to have won a couple of big prizes last year and from a handicapping point of view is surely capable off 101. He goes very well fresh and Hughesy is up which is a positive. Play the two against the field at 14/1 and 11/1 respectively.

Longshot

Without doubt the horse on the day that is probably most over-priced is the Linda Perratt trained ROYAL STRAIGHT (4.10 Hamilton). The negatives are that he can take a run or two to get race ready some times and that he may well be better now over 10 furlongs but both of these negatives are out weighed by the price. He is a general 28/1 chance but there is much bigger available on Betfair. His last two wins were off marks of 64 and 67. Today Royal Straight will race off 63. He is very capable and if he is race fit he could just run a massive race at a big price. If today is not the day, keep an eye on him for next time.

The dilemma of what to do when three of your horses to follow all end up in the same race. Hamiton’s 4.45 has thrown up SIRVINO, O Ma Lad and Pixie Cut. Of the three (who I think will all win soon) I do favour Sirvino. He ran an absolute blinder at Musselburgh last time on a track that was suiting front-runners. He missed the break and had to come from a long way back. The 2lb rise will not stop him from winning. O Ma Lad was given a very interesting ride back on his re-appearance and I would expect him to go close too. I am also convinced that Pixie Cut is a well handicapped horse but she might struggle against the top two. I would strongly suggest backing Sirvino and O Ma Lad for a profit and have a saver on Pixie Cut.

I hope the above digs out the odd winner. Another day of cricket for me this afternoon. Should just leave on the note of how enjoyable beating Spurs three times in a season was. Epic. they spent 108 million pounds on new players. We bought a crocked number 9 who has played about 8 games……. funny old game eh? COYI

What a comeback too by the Boston Bruins last night in the 3rd period. Their skating speed and fore-check late in the game has really set the tone for the rest of the series.

Enjoy today,

All the best

MG

Saturday’s don’t come much better…..

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If you are a fan of sport then weekends don’t really get much better than what the next 48 hours will throw up. A massive day for thousands of football fans who will be trawling the nation hoping for that vital win or draw that may secure promotion, the playoffs or to see off relegation. I must send a special note to all of my home town pals that have headed up to Forest today to cheer on the Albion. I give them a hard time but for the record, I hope the seagulls will fly today (and if Burnley aren’t too hungover maybe they could beat Reading too).

Racing for me though must take centre stage today with the first classic of the season the highlight as we get to see what could be the strongest renewal of the 2000 Guineas for several years. Without any financial ante-post involvement I thought it would just be a race to enjoy but I have to say that the 2/1 plus that you can get about Kingman this morning does look incredibly tempting. Whilst I respect the chances of several of his main rivals he is surely over priced. I’m hoping we may be treated to something special this afternoon. Whilst talking about the Guineas and being over priced, I do think that Outstrip will do just that to his price this afternoon. Yes he has plenty to find on paper but I’ve no doubt he will be better than what we have seen. My main worry with him is the yard form. They are just not firing yet. Still he should not be 28/1 and might shock a few each way.

OK time for some stats for the day from Proform. These are the trainers with runners today that have a win and place strike rate of over 50% that have had more than 10 runners in the last 14 days….

A P O’Brien 68.42% (19 runners)

Ralph Beckett 62.50% (24 runners)

William Haggas 61.11 (18 runners)

Michael Dods 60% (15 runners)

Nicky Henderson 57.14%   (28 runners)

Andrew Balding 56.25% (32 runners)

Clive Cox 55.56% (18 runners)

Dermot Weld 52.63% (19 runners)

The standout stat that today’s report offers is that William Haggas has sent out 18 runners in the last 14 days…… 9 of them have won. A 50% strike rate and a yard that are in scintillating form. Today he sends out Rock Choir (2.05), Ertijaal (3.50), Mutakayyef (5.00), Yenhaab (5.35), Scrutiny (6.45).

The list of eye-catchers running today seems to be endless so we will spin through them quickly.

First up we have STAND MY GROUND (2.05 Newm) who was a real eye catcher on his re-appearance when traveling very well through the spring mile, just failing to get to Brae Hill. He has gone up 5lbs for that effort but that potentially still leaves him on a nice mark for this and the 16/1 is much too big imo. He stayed this trip well in France and Jamie Spencer takes over in the saddle. In the same race I am excited to see BIG BAZ on turf. He is, I am sure, well treated off 85 and may well improve for the switch to turf. I would be luke warm on both of their chances this afternoon.

ZEYRAN (2.25 Thirsk) has always been well-regarded and would have gone close to winning on his first start for Hugo Palmer but for meeting interference on the run in. That form actually has a nice shape to it and I think he will be better than 82. He is a cracking each way bet at 6/1 with SportingBet. Crowleys Law has been very well backed at the head of the market.

ABSOLUTELY SO (2.55 Good) probably should have won 2 of his last 3 on the all-weather. He is nudged up another 3lbs this afternoon but there could be more progression on the turf and he is definitely interesting. In the same race JACK’S REVENGE is a victim of his own consistency as he continues to climb the ratings without winning. His effort in the Lincoln was eye-catching though and he could be ready to pounce. At 4/1 and 7/1 respectively I would take the two against the field.

WASEEM FARIS (3.30 Good) Should not have run last time having got loose on the way to the start. He is out of the weights this afternoon but with Daniel Cremin claiming 7lbs he will feel like he is running loose again this afternoon. The 12/1 about him is an insult to his actual chance. He is a 5/1 shot in my book.

The Thirsk Hunt Cup at 3.40 looks an absolute belter! There are two in here that I am very keen on and we will go two against the field. The first of them is NORSE BLUES who absolutely loves it around here. He would potentially need a career best to win this today but I think he is capable. His re-appearance run was really eye-catching and I am sure you will get a very solid run for your money. The second dart to throw comes in the form of FORT BASTIAN. Formerly with Richard Hannon the son of Lawman is potentially thrown in here off a mark of 91. Now with Ruth Carr this is just the type of horse she excels with. On his re-appearance run here he showed glimmers of returning to form. He was then given an interesting ride at Haydock next time. I think today has been the plan from the get go. They are 8/1 and 10/1 and should both be bang in the mix.

Excited to see BETWEEN WICKETS (4.40 Good) again after a really taking debut. He is odds on now so no sort of price, hope he wins well.

BUTE HALL (5.45 Donc) is edging up the weights but smacks me of a horse on the upgrade. Today’s step up in trip is an interesting move as he travels really well through his races. The market may have again underestimated his chance this afternoon and the 8/1 is worthy.

Not sure if today will be the day but HALF A BILLION (7.15 Donc) remains on the interesting list. The yard is also in very good form at the moment so he should be taken seriously at double figure odds this evening.

As you can see from the above it is likely to be a very busy day. Unfortunately for me I will be watching everything on catch up and the cricket pitch is calling. Hoping for a cracking day’s sport mind and fingers crossed the Guineas unearths another superstar too.

Two wins already so far this season for the hammers over the spuds. A home win today will put a small shine on what has been yet another tough season to be a die hard West Ham fan. Come on boys……give us those bragging rights! COYI

Enjoy a great day

MG

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Cheltenham Gold Cup Day!

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Unfortunately due to travel commitments or work I don’t have the time for a full run down of Friday’s action.

1.30 – JCB Triumph Hurdle Grade 1 (CLASS 1) (4yo)

I think Calipto may be very good. I also think that after a break Royal Irish Hussar will play a part.

Selection: Calipto

2.05 – Vincent O´Brien County Handicap Hurdle Grade 3

A wide open renewal. I like the chances of two at a price they are Lac Fontana (12/1) and Lyvius (20/1). Play them both each way.

2.40 – Albert Bartlett Novices´ Hurdle (Registered As The Spa Novices´ Hurdle) Grade 1 (CLASS 1) (4yo+)

Briar Hill last year’s bumper winner is unbeaten over hurdles but he has hardly been tested and his jumping hasn’t been foot perfect. I am a really big fan of KINGS PALACE and think he will continue the excellent week for the Pipe team.

3.20 – Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase Grade 1 (CLASS 1)

Whilst you can make a case for one or two of the others this does look a match between BOBS WORTH and SILVIANACO CONTI. I massively respect the pair of them and slightly prefer BOBS WORTH. He’s unbeaten around here and absolutely loves the hill. Barry has always had the opinion that he is a better horse on better ground too. If all goes to plan he should retain his crown.

4.00 – CGA Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup (CLASS 2) (5yo+)

No opinion.

4.40 – Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys´ Handicap Hurdle

I really like the look of VIEUX LION ROUGE who has always been well-regarded. He’s unbeaten over hurdles and is potentially better than 139. Full Shift is likely to play a big part and I also think that Leo Luna will be involved back on better ground.

Selection: Vieux Lion Rouge

Danger: Leo Luna

5.15 – Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase Challenge Cup Handicap Grade 3 (CLASS 1) (5yo+)

Some familiar faces. It will take an AP masterclass to get Mr Mole home in front. I very much like the chances of Eastlake who could run very well at a big price. I also really like the look of CLARET CLOAK who has threatened to win a big handicap for some time and finally has ideal conditions and the right man on board.

Selection: Claret Cloak

Each Way shout: Eastlake

Enjoy Gold Cup Day!

MG

Cheltenham Festival Day 3 – Big Buck’s or Girl power?

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I can’t really complain about the way day two panned out in the end as the day went really well. So pleased with Sire De Grugy. The 3/1 was an enormous price, I just hope that plenty of you managed to get on. The scenes in the winners enclosure were brilliant. So chuffed for the Moore team. I know some of the team closely and they really deserve a big race champion. What the jockeys did for Jamie was a touch of class. I’m sure Mattie Batch who has been associated with the yard since he was a kid was the ring leader. Hit the crossbar again with Smad Place, Katgary and Orgilgo Bay but shouldn’t grumble.

1.30 – JLT Novices´ Chase (Registered As The Golden Miller Novices´ Chase) Grade 1 (CLASS 1) (5yo+)

The penultimate race at the festival that I have a decent standing ante-post position in the form of Paul Nicholls WONDERFUL CHARM. A smart hurdler that has really taken well to fences. His jumping is fluent and accurate and he seems to stay well so a strong gallop at this intermediate trip will really suit. I made my ante-post move after he tried to give 8lbs to Oscar Whiskey in a race that Barry Geraghty dictated from the front. Oscar Whiskey’s speed and the weight allowance gave him the edge that day but I fully expect Wonderful Charm to turn the tables today. Felix Younger is respected as danger, I do wonder if there may be one or two too quick for him on this ground. Taquin De Seuil may want slightly softer ground but is certainly respected as the setup of the race will suit and Vukovar is completely un-exposed.

I really like WONDERFUL CHARM and he is a strong selection.

2.05 – Pertemps Network Final (A Handicap Hurdle) (Listed Race) (CLASS 1) (5yo+)

I wrote an ante-post piece on this race for JPFestival.com. One of my selections is a non runner the other will go with every chance at that is JOSIES ORDERS for Jonjo O’Neill. A rapid improver over the last few months and has been given a break of 48 days since laughing at his rivals at Huntingdon. The son of Milan will need to improve again but with Maurice Linehan on board taking off 5lbs he gets a nice racing weight here and he must have a huge each way shout at 14/1.

There is no doubting the potential class in the race lies with Phillip Hobbs as he will saddle the Exeter first and second FINGAL BAY and IF IN DOUBT. They both have excellent claims. Fingal bay on his day is very classy indeed. He gave Simonsig a beating at Sandown back in 2011. A revised mark of 148 is by no means beyond him and I expect him to run a massive race. If In Doubt I really like. I backed him at Kempton when behind the rapid improver Saphire De Reu. Tom O Brien did not pick up his stick at Exeter and today is very much the day for him. McCoy will be getting the shaleylee out this time around for sure. My only question mark about him is the ground. If he goes on it, he goes very very close.

Being such a competitive race I must throw in a couple at big prices. I would love to see LIE FORRIT run well but this may be too much for him now. I like the chances at big prices of both UTOPIE DES BORDES and ON THE BRIDGE. UDB may seem like the Henderson second string with jockey bookings but I’m not so sure. Back from a break after a couple of runs on desperate ground, she is back to the mark where she ran a blinder behind Gevrey Chanbertin at Haydock bakc in November and she will love this better ground. OTB was a rapid improver last summer, will love the ground and wouldn’t have to improve too much more to take a major hand. There could be some big prices floating around on the exchanges about these two.

Selections:

Josies Orders e/w with savers on Fingal Bay/If In Doubt

Back both Utopie Des Bordes and On the Bridge at big prices on Betfair and in the place market.

2.40 – Ryanair Chase (Registered As The Festival Trophy Chase)

A race that for me is fairly straight forward. DYNASTE for me brings by far the best piece of form to the table with his run in the Betfair Chase. We can forgive him his run in the King George as he reportedly pulled muscles that day. If he returns to his best, he will reverse the form from last years Jewson with Benefficient and win. I will be having a money back saver on AL FEROF as he is very classy on his day and he rarely runs a bad race here. If you are looking to back one at a big price then I do think RAJDHANI EXPRESS is likely to out-run his odds.

Strong bet on DYNASTE with a saver on Al Ferof.

3.20 – Ladbrokes World Hurdle Grade 1 (CLASS 1) (4yo+)

Well the feature of day three is a mouth-watering clash between the people’s champion in Big Bucks and the new girl on the block in Annie Power. I’ve no doubt that AP will go off a very short price favourite. She is clearly very very good as her unbeaten record shows. The main question about her is if she will get the three miles in a championship race up the hill. To give you an idea how good she is as far as mares go, last March she beat Glens Melody (2nd to Quevega in mares race on Tuesday) twelve lengths without coming off the bridle over two and a half miles. I think she will probably get the trip. Big Buck’s is just all class. He undoubtedly needed the run in the Cleeve and will come on a bundle for that. If he retains all his ability this will be another great finish. Paul Nicholls is very bullish, as always.

I’m not as convinced as everyone else is that it is a two-horse race. I do respect At Fishers Cross as Rebecca Curtis’s horses have hit a real hot vein of form. His jumping and love for soft ground would be a concern for me. More of That is still very raw and is unbeaten. He could certainly be involved in the finish as could SALUBRIOUS who was travelling very well before a bad mistake at Ascot in the Long Walk.

Rally a race to savour. My heart will probably make me back BIG BUCKS. He is around 10/11 for a place on Betfair. That is an absolutely cracking bet in my eyes as I really can’t have him out the first three.

4.00 – Byrne Group Plate (A Handicap Chase) Grade 3 (CLASS 1)

A real tough race again this year and one that the class may shine through in the form of old rivals Colour Squadron and JOHNS SPIRIT. They have met twice already this year and the score is 1-1. Johns Spirit is the one I really like. To me he looks like he has potential to be a little bit better than a handicapper and the vibes from the yard over the last few weeks have been very encouraging. He travels strongly and jumps well in the main (made a mistake early last time that knocked him back). If he gets a good passage through and Richie is patient on him I expect him to go very close on this better ground. Colour Squadron is still a maiden over the larger obstacles but he has run some cracking races in defeat. He will surely be in the mix here again and has to be included.

If you are looking for something a bit more adventurous price wise then Third Intention’s Ascot third got a huge boost yesterday and he drops into handicap company off a nice mark.  BLESS THE WINGS and NADIYA DE LE VEGA both have first time headgear for in form trainers at big prices.

Johns Spirit 2pts win @ 10/1, Colour Squadron 1 pt win @ 9/1.

Potential each way savers on Third Intention 16/1, Bless The Wings 25/1, Nadiya De La Vega 25/1

4.40 – Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (Amateur Riders)

A nightmare to finish and probably a small stakes race unless we are miles in front. One horse though that jumps off the page at me is OUR FATHER for the David Pipe team. Now he comes with dangers attached as he is a bit of a thinker and is fragile. He is just as likely to finish last as he is first. He is however very dangerously handicapped (though of as a Gold Cup horse at one point) and also has the first time blinkers which may have been needed for some time. He was very well backed ahead of the Hennessy and went off the 11/2 fav on a mark of 147. That would suggest that he could be thrown in here IF and it’s a big IF he’s on a going day. That is factored into the price though and he is as big as 22/1 with Victor Chandler. I would not at all be surprised if he starts an awful lot shorter than that.

There is very likely to be an upset in this, the one towards the head o fthe market I like is SPRING HEELED who should relish being back on better ground and has an excellent pilot.

OUR FATHER STRONG BET AT 22/1, saver on Spring Heeled.

All the best today, back plenty of winners.

MG

@markagrantham

Cheltenham Day 2…He’s a Faugheen Nice Horse!

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End of day one and I’m well and truly licking the ante-post wounds. Irving ran no race at all and Champagne Fever got chinned on the line by the nutter that couldn’t win (and traded at 1000-1 in running). Midnight Prayer did the job for us in the four miler to get us back on track. Thoughts are very much with all the connections of Our Connor. A classy animal that will be sorely missed.

1.30 – Neptune Investment Management Novices´ Hurdle

Some nice types go to war in the Wednesday opener including the unbeaten Red Sherlock but very much like day one they may not see which way FAUGHEEN goes for the Mullins/Walsh combination. Admittedly we don’t know just how good he is just yet as he has been much too classy for all his rivals. His jumping to say the least at times has been sketchy but he looks like he’s got a real good engine too and that may well be plenty good enough here.

2.05 – RSA Chase (Grade 1) (CLASS 1) (5yo+)

A race that you can go round and round in and come up with several different answers. I want to be against Ballcasey really, although he is a fair enough favourite, I have my doubts about him at the top-level. I just think there will be one or two too quick for him at the business end! I am a big fan of SMAD PLACE. Third in the last two world hurdles, his jumping really warmed up as he went through the race at Newbury last time when beating Sam Winner (who jumped like a stag). They will both appreciate this better ground and are both very big players in my book. Carlingford Lough is also very interesting. He is all about stamina and would have gone very close to rustling up Ballycasey had he not been squeezed out at the last at Leopardstown in a tactical race that wouldn’t have suited. The likely strong gallop here will be right up his street and he is a big player. I have to also throw Black Thunder in the mix too. He has always looked a staying chaser to me and I think the make up of this race will suit him, he is definitely the each way value in the race.

1 pt each on Smad Place and Carlingford Lough with an each saver on Black Thunder

2.40 – Coral Cup (A Handicap Hurdle) Grade 3 (CLASS 1) (4yo+)

Some smart horses towards the top of the weights in a devilishly difficult handicap include Dunguib, Cotton Mill and Far West who all have bits and pieces of festival form. I respect all three of them hugely here. The four to concentrate on further down the list for me would be Dell’Arca, Vendor, Indevan and WAAHEB. I really like Dermot Weld’s seven year-old. He is a classy animal but is a bit of a thinker at the same time. I have no doubt in my mind that he is well handicapped off 142 and the fact that AP has chosen Get Me Out Of Here is no bad thing. Mark Walsh is very good and very patient. He is the perfect match for Waaheb and if he is on a going day he will go very close.The 18-1 about him this evening is much too big!

WAAHEB 1.5 pts each way at 18/1.

3.20 – BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase Grade 1

The feature race on day two and what looks to be an absolute cracking bet in the form of SIRE DE GRUGY. There will be plenty wanting to take him on on the basis of one thing….and that is his course form. Let’s strip that back. Two starts at Cheltenham, the first when being beaten by Captain Conan by two lengths on only his second start over fences. Then when being beaten here by Kid Cassidy when trying to give him 10lbs in a race that didn’t quite work out as planned (hit front too soon, then clouted the last two). The team have clearly now worked out to get him in front as late as possible and I’m sure Jamie will be patient. He has grown up enormously from his defeat by Captain Conan here back in 2012 and is a much better horse than him now.

Captain Conan is just too slow to win at this level and this has been an after thought. I’ve never been the biggest fan of Arvika Ligeonniere’s jumping and that will probably catch him out again. Bailey Green, Kid Kassidy and Module shouldn;t be good enough at this level and Sizing Europe bless him is probably too slow now. The main danger may well come in the unexposed form of Hinterland who has won both his starts to date over fences. He goes well fresh and will like the ground. Largely I just think that SDG is the absolute bet of the day in spades. Tonight there is some 3/1 about, he should be 6/4. That is value of epic proportions.

SIRE DE GRUGY – Nap of the day. 3/1 Generally.

4.00 – Glenfarclas Handicap Chase (A Cross Country Chase)

Not my favourite race of the week and I expect to see BIG SHU and BALTHAZAR KING fight out the finish. I love BK so hopes he can do the business!

4.40 – Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Grade 3

This is one race this week where you might struggle to beat the market. DAWALAN is a worthy favourite and looks like this test will suit down to the ground. I think Goodwood Mirage is potentially thrown in off 132 but his jumping will need to improve. The two I really like here though are ORGILGO BAY and KATGARY. The former has aqquited himself well in a couple of impossible races the last twice and potentially is on a really nice mark of 127. First time hood could bring about plenty of improvement and Mark Bolger takes off a handy 3lb. He is a big player, as is KATGARY who makes his British debut off a mark of 130 having impressed on his last two starts in France. Paul Nicholls took this race with a very similar type in Sanctuaire back in 2010 and he could be thrown in.

1 pt e/w Orgilgo Bay, 2 pts win Katgary

5.15 – Weatherbys Champion Bumper

Not a race I ever get too involved in. Willie Mullins usually wins it and comes here with a three-pronged attack, all of which are towards the head of the market. They all look smart in their own right. I am going to have a small interest though in EL NAMOOSE for John Ferguson. He has a lovely flat pedigree (authorized out of a gone west mare) and the yard now how to ready one for this test. He could be really classy and the 16/1 about him for the finale will do me nicely.

EL NAMOOSE 1 pt e/w

Best of luck on day two, hope you back a few winners!

MG

@markagrantham

Cheltenham Festival – Day One….

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So here we are again. Less than 24 hours to go until the great roar that greets the start of the best four days of the entire calendar year! This time around more than ever we are being treated to a really fantastic opening day! The first four races on the card are all absolutely mouth watering…..for plenty of reasons. If you’ve had a shrewd winter of judging performances, times and above all working out which horses have been very good running in wellies for the past four months then you might be in one or two strong ante-post positions. I have one or two that have gone in the right direction but as always, plenty that won’t even be leaving home!

1.30 – Sky Bet Supreme Novices´ Hurdle Grade 1

The festival opener looks a real cracker as always this year and is a week defining race for myself as by far the best ante-post position I am in comes here in the form of Paul Nicholls IRVING. He is generally around a 5/2 fav going into the race and having backed him at 12/1, 10/1 and 7/1 I’m delighted to be in a strong position. I do see the argument that some pundits are making that the hill will be an issue and he seems to be a speed horse but I also see the positives. Nothing has really come close to getting him off the bridle yet. Ok, Prince Siegfried was upsides when falling at the last at Ascot but he was traveling all over him in truth. The way he sprinted away from his rivals at Kempton in the Dovecote really took my eye. Admittedly Amore Alato who was back in second is no world beater but he is rated 137 and Irving made him look very inferior. The shape of this race will surely suit him down to the ground and I’ll be shocked if he is not firmly swinging away at the bottom of the hill. That is the point where the finger nails will get a shearing.

The market suggests that the main dangers come in the form of the two-pronged attack from Willie Mullins trained Vautour and Wicklow Brave. Of the two I think Vautour is more suited to Cheltenham.  He has similar attributes to last years winner Champagne Fever but I can’t help have his run two starts back in the memory when he scraped past Western Boy. If Vautour is a 3/1 chance then Western Boy shouldn’t be 18/1. His win in the Deloitte did nothing for me. Ruby rode them to sleep and whilst some will argue that the last mile was fast, that was clearly aided by the fact the first mile was pedestrian. Wicklow Brave for me is all about speed and his jumping will really come under scrutiny in a race where they are going to go very quick. One mistake might be too many for him. No yard is in better form at the moment than that of Nicky Henderson and the champion trainer has peaked at just the right time after a slow start to the season. NH has both Josses Hill and Vaniteux in the opener. The former was just out stayed by stable mate Royal Boy in the re-routed Tolworth last time (both miles clear of The Liquidator) and I expect a similar story here. Vaniteux has reportedly taken off in the last few weeks having put his disappointing effort at Kempton over Christmas behind him to win at Donny last month. Strictly on that Kempton run and a line through Amore Alato he has an enormous amount to find with Irving. I mentioned the Liquidator who had made a pleasing start to his hurdles career with wins at Carlisle and here at Cheltenham when giving the smart Sea Lord a right good beating. He was blown away though at Kempton and with so much competition for the lead likely here, I struggle to him winning.

I think Gilgamboa could run a big race for AP and JP but he will probably need to run a stone better than his revised mark after his win off 128 in a handicap last time and if there is a single horse that is largely over priced it could be Sgt Reckless for whom the ground could be a big positive and I expect him to run much better than 40/1 suggests he will.

Irving is clearly the selection. If you can get some 3/1 tomorrow then that will do. Both Sgt Reckless and Western Boy are worth backing each way at big prices.

2.05 – Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase Grade 1

This is nice and simple for me this year as I am a huge fan of Champagne Fever. He comes here with plenty of festival positives having won the Bumper and the Supreme on his last two visits and I’m confident he can make it three on the bounce. Festival form is always a huge plus. Yes we have to forgive a poor run last time where he belted the second last having set a lightning pace but that can be said about previous visits and he has had the habit of throwing in the odd stinker. Having said that I think he is a spring horse and will relish conditions tomorrow and was delighted with the glint in the eye when Ruby was interviewed this morning. He loves the hill and I expect him with a clean round to be fending them off to the cheers of the crowd. Once the Irish tuck in early doors I think he might go off shorter than 2/1.

Talking of dangers and of festival form that obviously brings Rock On Ruby firmly into the mix having finished first and second in the last two Champion Hurdles. He looked in his match against The New One over hurdles though that he maybe is quite as good now as a nine-year old and having won two egg and spoon novice chases to date I think he has a lot more questions to answer. Trifolium is a really solid danger and will be in plenty of people’s each way bankers and accumulators. He beat Champagne Fever at Christmas but he was suited by the way things panned out there and I would prefer CF round here. I do think he is the main danger here under the excellent Bryan Cooper.

Of the others, Dodging Bullets has done nothing wrong. His defeat at Newbury though shouldn’t be good enough form to win an Arkle. Valdez is 3/3 but will need to improve again and whilst the ground will certainly suit Grandouet, his jumping at pace is not good enough to win a grade one.

Very much hoping that there will be plenty of Champagne Fever in the Arkle!

2.40 – Baylis & Harding Affordable Luxury Handicap Chase Grade 3

Another race that I nailed myself to the mast of a runner some time ago and things could not have panned out better! I wrote a festival eye catchers preview for http://www.jpfestival.com in the build up to this week and the main feature of that was Jonjo O’Neills ALFIE SHERRIN. He is a horse I know really well as I fell in love with him when he won his first bumper at Chepstow back in 2008. He landed a right touch in this very race for me two years ago and having tucked into the 20/1 ante-post for him here I’m delighted he has got into the race and that he has been very well backed indeed. Ap McCoy has chosen him to ride too which is a huge plus and I really expect a very big run. He is 5lbs higher than when winning the race in 2012 but he has matured an enormous amount. His run in the grade three fixed brush hurdle last time could not have been more eye-catching and I’m very confident of a big run. He is currently best priced 9/1 with @Coral and I think we may see some hefty public money come for him and I expect him to go off a strong favourite.

Alfie Sherrin – Nap of the day @ current 9/1.

3.20 – Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy Grade 1 (CLASS 1) (4yo+)

What a renewal to look forward too. The ten-year old Hurricane Fly chasing his third Champion Hurdle against the younger brigade, and a very good younger brigade at that! All the way through the season I’ve probably changed my opinion of the likely favourite and the likely winner about ten times. The conclusion I finally arrive at is that this is probably the strongest renewal for some time and in truth there might only be 2-3 lengths between five or six of these! If we go in reverse order of the nine runners. We can put a line through Captain Cee Bee, Grumeti and Ptit Zig who are simply not good enough. Melodic Rendezvouz would be upto this level if we had knee-deep ground to run in, unfortunately for his connections this is not the case so he is also dismissed. The brings us on to the two Irish youngsters in Jezki and Our Connor. I’m convinced we have yet to see the best of Jezki and that there is plenty to come. He has always just come up a length or two short though at the top-level. First time hood is deployed and Barry Geraghty is 4/4 on him so there are positives. Our Connor absolutely routed his rivals in the Triumph last year but conditions will be very different for the Champion this time round. He has been firmly put in his place twice already bu the Fly this season and other than the way the race may pan out there is no obvious reason why he would reverse that form. He is only five mind and still could be improving.

The New One is six now and My Tent Or Yours is seven. There was half a length between them in the Christmas Hurdle after TNO belted the last. That didn’t check his momentum too much though and MTOY was going away at the line. I have to confess to being a big fan of MTOY. I was gutted when he got beat in the Supreme last year, especially as I had a big in running lay in the market at 1.5 thinking he would travel strongly…. well he did and he got matched all the way down to 1.51!! I think he’s a beast. Matured a lot with his racing and I don’t buy into the scenario of him not getting up the hill. If any of them are going to beat the Fly I think it will be My Tent Or Yours. I greatly respect The New One and if he gets beat it won’t be by far.

Hurricane Fly is most people’s idea of the winner and his record fully justifies him being favourite. He may well win again but this is without doubt his toughest test to date and he has been beaten here before. I think reluctantly I will take him on with My Tent Or Yours but this is a race to watch and enjoy. It should be an absolute classic.

Selection – My Tent Or Yours

4.00 – OLBG Mares´ Hurdle (Registered As The David Nicholson Mares´ Hurdle Race) Grade 2 (CLASS 1) (4yo+)

Not much to say here other than banker QUEVEGA. She is a different class to these and should be in all your bets and multiples.

4.40 – Terry Biddlecombe National Hunt Chase Amateur Riders´ Novices´ Chase (Listed Race) (CLASS 1) (5yo+ –)

Four miles for novice chasers and no hiding place! Touch race to assess in that the front two in the market deserve very much to be there in the form of Foxrock and Shutthefrontdoor. On ratings on what they have achieved so far they both have outstanding claims but as a result they will be fairly short. I respect Suntiep but all of his form has been on very bad ground, he clearly though has stamina in abundance. I like the look here of Alan Kings Midnight Prayer who you can get a nice each way bet on at around 10/1. He will need to improve on his recent efforts but he is a strong travelling type that has hinted that this sort of test could bring about plenty of improvement and the forecast better ground may well bring that into play.

Selection – Midnight Prayer

5.15 – Rewards4Racing Novices´ Handicap Chase (Listed Race) (CLASS 1) (5yo+ 0-140)

This is a race that is generally won by quite a classy type and  big weights shouldn’t put you off. Ericht heads the weights and has long promised to win one of these big handicaps. I respect Pendra but he is a bit too short really on what he has achieved so I am going to go on a three-pronged attack. Two at big prices we can play each way and then a saver.

The first is OHIO GOLD for the Tizzard team. He has run with credit once or twice this year off similar marks when the yard has been largely quiet. They have now come really good with plenty of winners and he ran really well in this race last year. If he is on a going day then the 25/1 about him tonight is a bit too big in my eyes and he could way out run those odds.

The second is GARDEFORT for Venetia Williams. Very well backed on his British debut last time off a mark of 132 suggests that his opening mark here could be lenient. He made a mid race move after travelling well at Haydock and paid for it quickly. The forecast better ground should be no problem and there is potential that he is going to slip under the radar for this. He is currently 33/1 and in my eyes is probably a 10/1 chance.

I must have a small saver on MANYRIVERSTOCROSS who has hinted a few times that his turn is not far away.

Ohio Gold 1 pt e/w @ 25/1, Gardefort 1 pt e/w @ 33/1 & Manyriverstocross 1 pt win @ 10/1

That just about wraps up what is going to be an absolutely cracking opening day. Fingers crossed that the ante-post positions finally come good for once! Very best of luck all week with your selections! Really not sure how much sleep I am going to get tonight!

All the very best

Mark

@markagrantham

 

Big Saturday Racing Blog

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It doesn’t matter what your favourite racing blend is on days like today. We have top flat and jumps action as well as the introduction to the new all-weather racing championships at Wolverhampton this evening. If you’re in the area, get yourself along to Dunstall Park. It’s just £10 entry tonight and there is some quality all-weather action http://www.wolverhampton-racecourse.co.uk/horse-racing/fixturedetails/281

Whilst there is some cracking action across the cards today, as per usual my Proform racing horse watcher is alight with runners on the slightly lower graded stuff and I think we may well have found a few decent opportunities. Having said that I do like the look of Edgardo Sol in the Old Roan Chase (3.05 Aintree). He is 2-2 at the track and has far fewer miles on the clock than his rivals this afternoon and is surely overpriced at a general 13/2. I also think that Lamb Or Cod has an excellent chance in the Silver Trophy at Chepstow (4.10). He won this race last year off 6lbs lower before struggling on a couple of occasions when things just didn’t fall right (struck into on second occasion). Off since January he could be a bit better than a 130 animal and the 9/1 available is tasty (of the Nandos variety).

On to the main selections of the day. We’ll go in time order rather than strength of fancy.

4.25 Doncaster crownhotel-bawtry.com Nursery Handicap (CLASS 3)

I will be playing two against the field in on paper what looks an open race. The first is MALACHIM MIST who brings a strong piece of form into this race having been a good third last time at Nottingham. The first two in that race in my opinion are clearly group horses in the making and MM did well to finish nicely clear of the rest in third. Dropped another couple of pounds and given the services of Richard Hughes today he is of major interest at 8/1 (StanJames). I will also be having a saver on ARROWZONE. A horse that has been badly campaigned this year. On the back of his three maiden efforts he was given an opening mark of 55. A mark that was a long way under his ability. Had he been held back for nurseries he would have run up a sequence. As it turns out he was kept to maiden company next time and his mark shot up. He is not handicapped out of this though and I like the race he went close in last time at Catterick. He is a battler and is not an 11/1 chance in my book.

5.10 Newbury – Free Bets freebets.co.uk Handicap (For Lady Amateur Riders) (CLASS 5) (4yo+ 0-75)

An end of season googly for you in the form of SIR BOSS. He caught the eye at Wolverhampton last time when traveling strongly and not getting the best of runs. He gets in here off top weight and is on a winning mark. Whilst it is a lady riders race stakes should be kept to a minimum but the 22/1 (30’s on Betfair) is much too big and I expect you will get a good run for your money.

5.30 Doncaster – Universal Recycling Apprentice Handicap (CLASS 4) (3yo 0-85)

Very very keen on the chances of GLANELY today. He was given a very interesting ride at Kempton last time in a race that didn’t really suit, staying on late in the day when the race had gone. Everything seems in his favour today, the trip, the track and conditions are all likely to play to his strengths and with Lewis Walsh claiming 5lbs he is very interesting indeed. The son of Exceed and Excel has only had 6 starts and I expect him to be much better than a 78 animal in time. Absolute knocking bet at 9/2.

7.15 Wolverhampton – Coral Mobile “Just Three Clicks To Bet” Handicap (CLASS 6) (3yo 0-65)

Another one from out the back of the hand tonight that just strikes me as being overpriced. The race will be made by the favourite (Mystery Drama) who bolted up last time at Southwell but I like the chances of OUR GOLDEN GIRL who has improved for the application of blinkers the last twice. She races a little bit lazy but she does stick to her task nicely and with the way the track has been running the last few nights I just get the feeling that it will suit her this evening. Robert Tart keeps the ride and she is bred to be better than a 55 beast (Dutch Art/ Pivotal Mare). 9/1 is a fair price and I think she is very likely to out run those odds.

8.15 Wolverhampton – 32Red.com Nursery Handicap (CLASS 2) (2yo)

I doubt that today is the day for MONEY TEAM but I couldn’t let this go without at least a mention. The sn of Kodiac was claimed out of Bill Turners after dotting up earlier in the summer. He was given an alarming ride at Pontefract last time which got the button pressing twitchy. Down another pound I am sure that he is being set up for a punt but there hasn’t been a penny about today. I will watch with major interest today and if there is any blue on Oddschecker I will be pleased.

8.45 Wolverhampton – 32Red On The App Store Fillies´ Handicap (CLASS 5) (3yo+ 0-75)

One of the most interesting horses on the whole day goes in the very last contest of the day in the form of IT’S MY TIME. Richard Fahey’s runner caught the eye last time on the back of a break in behind Tatting who was in the form of his life at the time. He is only 4lbs higher than winning at Chester earlier on in the season and the Fahey team have hit a rich vein of form in the last week or so. I think he is very interesting indeed in the lucky last and is ready available in double figures. Cracking each way value.

I hope we have managed to find you one or two bets to get your teeth into today. Enjoy what is going to be a great day!

All the best

MG

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