Diary: January 26 2008

There are two excellent meetings over the jumps tomorrow and I will start at Cheltenham who stage their Festival Trials day.

In the 1.00 there will be plenty of support for Aigle D’Or who was an impressive winner at Lingfield on his UK debut.  He has form on the flat on various types of going and he looks the one to beat here.  There are viable alternatives though.  Alan King’s Evelith Echo has been running well and his 4th behind the useful Song of Songs at Kempton was a decent effort.  He tackles a longer trip here and that should be in his favour.  The Howard Johnson trained Marleybow puts his 100% record on the line and is certainly another for the short list.  Junior won twice on the flat last season over 2 miles and this trip over hurdles is likely to suit him. He looks sure to win races over hurdles.  The front running mare Helen’s Vision was a beaten favourite last time but if you ignore that run her earlier form was very solid.

This is by no means a walk over for the likely favourite.

In the 1.35 I am hoping for an improved run from Mister Potter who drops back in trip.

 

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Moving on to the 2.10 the two runners from our list to follow, New Little Bric and Private Be have chances.  New Little Bric has been one of the few disappointments from the Paul Nicholls yard this term.  I see that he is fitted with first time blinkers here which may have the desired effect.  Private Be is returning to Cheltenham for the third time this season.  On his first visit he was going well when he was brought down but he then ran disappointingly in the Paddy Power. He had had a break since then.  The main danger may come from Maljimar who was 4th last time out over an inadequate trip.  Preacher Boy could be worth a small each interest although he is probably better over further.

Simon ran a blinder here when runner up in December and he is my selection for the 2.40.

Franchoek, Tatenen and Serabad occupied the first three places at Chepstow last month finishing in that order. They meet again in the 3.15 and should again be involved in the finish.  Franchoek looks a tough battler and may just prevail again.

 

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The Cleeve Hurdle at 3.50 looks to be between Blazing Bailey and Inglis Drever.  Blazing Bailey got the better of the argument in this race last season and may just have the edge again.

There is also a top class card at Doncaster.  In the opener there at 12.20 Khyber Kim will take some beating.  He impressed many good judges when beating some useful sorts on his hurdles debut at Newbury.  He was a classy performer on the flat and could be something special.  Keith Reveley’s Tazbar could give him most to do.

Theatre Girl didn’t go down without a fight against Khyber Kim at Newbury and before that she had some decent form in bumpers.  She would be my each way selection in the 1.55 where both Nicky Henderson’s runners warrant respect.

 

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All Star is my selection in the 2.30 with Echo Point an each way alternative.  In the 3.00 I would be inclined to take a chance with a couple of outsiders, Dusky Warbler and Henry’s Pride.

One Gulp has done nothing wrong this season and should go close in the 3.30 while there is a good word for Ange ou Demon in the 4.05.

Diary: January 25th 2008

Horses running from our main list to follow

Newbury 2.05 – Big Bucks

Newbury 2.40 – Mossville

Newbury 3.15 – Cool Cliché

Newbury 3.50 – Ballyfoy & The Sawyer

 

Horses running from our “dark horses” list

Doncaster 12.50 – Blue Bajan & Shipmaster

Doncaster 3.05 – Aureate

Newbury 1.30 – Schiehallion

 

Russellform Ramblings

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Classic Fiddle and Air Force One were winners today for our list to follow, albeit at cramped odds.

Classic Fiddle was winning for Nicky Henderson after a long absence from the track and I wonder if stable companion Schiehallion can do the same. He showed distinct promise in his two bumper runs last season which were both at Newbury. He won the first and then finished 4th under a penalty. The first two in that race have both won this season.

Blue Bajan created a favourable impression when winning at Leicester last time and looks the won they all have to beat on the opener at Doncaster. In the same race Shipmaster should come on for his debut run over hurdles and the same could be said of Aureate in the 3.05 at the Yorkshire course.

Both Big Bucks and Cool Cliché look to have sound chances at Newbury. Of the rest Oxley is an interesting runner in the Doncaster 4.10. He is a half brother to the multiple winner Jakari and he has the same sire as My Way de Solzen so he has a promising pedigree. He has been off the course for 650 days since finishing 8th of 20 in a bumper at Haydock. He caught my eye that day and if he can be kept fit now could be one to look out for in the future.

 

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Nap of the day

Doncaster 12.50 – Blue Bajan

 

Today’s trivia

Kelso racecourse has a charity tea room. A different charity is selected to provide teas form each race day raising funds for worthy causes.

 

What’s in a name?

Foinavon, probably the biggest ever outsider to win the Grand National (1967) was named after a Scottish mountain.

Diary: January 25 2008

Horses running from our main list to follow

 

Newbury 2.05 – Big Bucks

 

Newbury 2.40 – Mossville

 

Newbury 3.15 – Cool Cliché

 

Newbury 3.50 – Ballyfoy & The Sawyer

 

Horses running from our “dark horses” list

 

Doncaster 12.50 – Blue Bajan & Shipmaster

 

Doncaster 3.05 – Aureate

 

Newbury 1.30 – Schiehallion

 

 

 

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Classic Fiddle and Air Force One were winners today for our list to follow, albeit at cramped odds.

 

Classic Fiddle was winning for Nicky Henderson after a long absence from the track and I wonder if stable companion Schiehallion can do the same.  He showed distinct promise in his two bumper runs last season which were both at Newbury.  He won the first and then finished 4th under a penalty.  The first two in that race have both won this season.

 

Blue Bajan created a favourable impression when winning at Leicester last time and looks the won they all have to beat on the opener at Doncaster.  In the same race Shipmaster should come on for his debut run over hurdles and the same could be said of Aureate in the 3.05 at the Yorkshire course.

 

Both Big Bucks and Cool Cliché look to have sound chances at Newbury.  Of the rest Oxley is an interesting runner in the Doncaster 4.10.  He is a half brother to the multiple winner Jakari and he has the same sire as My Way de Solzen so he has a promising pedigree.  He has been off the course for 650 days since finishing 8th of 20 in a bumper at Haydock.  He caught my eye that day and if he can be kept fit now could be one to look out for in the future.

 

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Nap of the day

 

Doncaster 12.50 – Blue Bajan

 

Today’s trivia

 

Kelso racecourse has a charity tea room.  A different charity is selected to provide teas form each race day raising funds for worthy causes.

 

What’s in a name?

 

Foinavon, probably the biggest ever outsider to win the Grand National (1967) was named after a Scottish mountain.

 

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Diary: January 24 2008

Horses running from our main list to follow

 

Fontwell 1.50 – Classic Fiddle

 

Fontwell 2.50 – Air Force One

 

Warwick 2.40 – Pauillac

 

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Russellform Ramblings

 

Classic Fiddle is my main hope today.  She is a dual bumper winner and won two of her three starts over hurdles last season, her only defeat being to the useful Gaspara.

 

She should be even better over fences as she is related to 1985 Grand National winner Last Suspect and also to a couple of Irish National winners.  She has won twice on heavy ground and the stable are in fine form.  The only question mark might be over her fitness as, unlike all the other runners, she lacks a recent outing.

 

Nap of the day

 

Fontwell 1.50 – Classic Fiddle

 

Today’s trivia

 

Trainer Jenny Pitman retired in 1999.  Her last winner was Scarlet Emperor at Huntingdon.

 

What’s in a name?

 

The French Derby is known as the Prix du Jockey Club.

 

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Diary: January 23 2008

Horses running from our main list to follow

 

Huntingdon 2.10 – Noble Sham

 

Musselburgh 1.00 – I’m Delilah

 

Musselburgh 3.00 – Native Coral

 

Horses running from our “dark horses” list

 

Huntingdon 1.40 – Hitaaf & Indicible

 

Musselburgh 4.00 – Wipe Your Eye

 

Russellform Ramblings

 

All the horses noted above are in with a shout today.   The David Pipe trained Hitaaf gets the nap though.  He was a winner on the flat in France and made a successful hurdles debut at Ludlow.

 

The 2.30 at Musselburgh features some promising recruits form the flat including Compromiznotension, Kerriemuir  Lass and Halla San.

 

 

Nap of the day

 

Huntingdon 1.40 – Hitaaf

 

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Diary: January 22 2008

Russellform Ramblings

 

As the bad weather continues Tuesday’s jumps meetings have been abandoned.

 

 

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I was pleased to see a couple of the horses featured yesterday come up trumps.  In particular the veteran Chopneyev ploughed his way through the mud at Folkestone to take advantage of a lenient rating.

 

In the opening maiden hurdle Dave’s Dream made a winning hurdles debut for in form trainer Nicky Henderson.

 

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Diary: January 21 2008

Horses running from our main list to follow

 

Folkestone 1.40 – Aux Le Bahnn & Master Overseer

 

Folkestone 2.10 – Manhattan Boy

 

Horses running from our “dark horses” list

 

Folkestone 1.10 – Dave’s Dream

 

Russellform Ramblings

 

I was pleased to see Labelthou return to winning ways over hurdles on Saturday. Emma Lavelle’s charge was reverting back to the smaller obstacles after a heavy fall over fences last time. She jumped beautifully under Timmy Murphy and won with a bit in hand.

 

Twist Magic got stuck in the mud but I certainly wouldn’t write off his chance at Cheltenham in March given better ground.  Regal Heights was a winner for our list to follow and he had plenty of previous winning form on soft and heavy.

 

Folkestone is the only jumps meeting tomorrow and once again the going will be testing.  Dave’s Dream makes his hurdles debut in the 1.10.  He won a bumper at Uttoxeter last season and impressed some good judges en route.  He is related to an Irish National winner.  The going at Uttoxeter was good so we have to take it on trust that he will handle the ground.  The stable do have a decent strike rate at the Kent track.

 

There are two runners from our list to follow in the 1.40. Aux le Bahnn is a 7 year old but has only raced twice, both in bumpers and was a winner each time.  He looked pretty good in his bumper runs and I am hopeful that he will make a winning start over hurdles.  Master Overseer won a bumper at Fontwell last season but has struggled in both his runs this term.  He is from the in form David Pipe yard so I have certainly not written him off just yet.

 

Manhattan Boy (2.10) has winning form on heavy ground and was a fair 3rd on his last start, at Leicester.  Noland will be a warm order for this and will probably win but if the favourite is not fully wound up Manhattan Boy could be the one to capitalize.

 

Quizzene won 3 times on the flt when trained by Mark Johnston.  He is with Alan King now and makes his hurdles bow in the 2.40.

 

In the 4.10 Chopneyev has a welter burden but he will relish the heavy ground and has an each way chance.

  

Nap of the day

 

Folkestone 1.40 – Aux Le Bahnn

 

Today’s trivia

 

Gaspara was the only winning mare at the 2007 Cheltenham Fesrival

 

What’s in a name?

 

Warne’s Way who was 2nd at Ascot on Saturday behind Lough Derg is appropriately named as he is by Spinning World.

 

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