Diary: February 1 2012

 

Leicester

2.00 Theatre Guide had some decent bumper for last season and although only 6th on his hurdles debut at Aintree the first 4 home in that race have all won since.

3.00 Moscow Chancer was 3rd over course and distance last time and has an each way chance.

Ludlow

2.10 Escort’men has been disappointing this seaon but may be worth one more chance. He’s Our Lad makes a habit of finishing 2nd but looks the main danger.

4.10 Talkonthestreet, winner of a maiden Irish point to point was runner up in 2 bumpers and made a good impression when 3rd on his hurdles debut. The well bred Saint Roque is another Irish points winner. He was a promising 4th on his hurdles debut at Hereford. This pair look the ones to concentrate on with my slight preference being for Talkonthestreet.

Newcastle

1.20 Useful flat handicapper Bourne made a good impression when winning on his hurdles bow but then ran poorly at Musselburgh but is worth another chance.

Diary: January 29 2012

 

The main interest tomorrow will be at Leopardstown where the reigning Champion Hurdler makes a belated seasonal reappearance in the 2.30. He should win with Unaccompanied likely to follow him home.

It might be worth taking on the Willie Mullins favourite in the 1.25 with Flemenstar who impressed when winning at Naas the other week.

At Ffos Las the likely favourite in the 2.20 comes from a stable out of form so Alexander Road could be a viable option as she will relish the conditions.

Diary: January 28 2012

 

Cheltenham

12.55 Hollow Tree has done nothing wrong over hurdles and has winning from on varying types of ground. He stays well having won over 1.75 miles on the flat and at the current odds looks a value bet.

1.30 The in form pair of Charminster and Mister Hyde are my two against the field.

2.05 Paul Nicholls has 3 runners in this race and Ruby Walsh has chosen to ride Aerial which is a tip in itself. Aerial was 4th in the Paddy Power at Cheltenham and has since won at Ascot in a race where the runner up has since franked the form. Aerial will do for me.

2.35 Diamond Harry is a rather fragile sort but there is no doubt that he goes well fresh and he is certainly one for the short list. Time for Rupert has a very good record at Cheltenham and comes here on the back of a confidence boosting win. Captain Chris is rather a short price given doubts about his stamina and I prefer the other two. Time for Rupert is the selection with Diamond Harry next best.

3.10 Knight Pass won a decent handicap at Kempton on Boxing Day and this lightly taced hurdler may be up to this step up in class.

4.15 The lightly raced Hinterland looks interesting on his first run in a handicap and at a bigger price I also like the look of Dare Me who has top class bumper form and ended last season with a couple of wins over hurdles at Exeter.

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Doncaster

1.50 Only 3 runners but a case could be made for each of them. Kid Cassidy has bags of talent and I am inclined to take a chance with him.

2.20 Things have not gone according to plan over fences for Jetnova but he could be interesting here back over hurdles.

2.50 Fruity O’Rooney hasn’t gone up in the weights too much after his win at Kempton over Christmas and is of interest as are Wayward Prince who put in an encouraging effort last time out and the Paul Nicholls representative Aiteen Thirtythree. With his trainer in good form at present Wayward Prince just gets the nod.

3.25 Former point to point winner Rocky Creek could be the answer here. Second on his hurdles bow at Exeter this step up in trip should suit.

Uttoxeter

2.10 Molly Round is a big price and has winning form on heavy ground.

Leopardstown selections;

1.10 Darroun; 2.15 Hidden Cyclone; 2.45 Staying Article; 3.20 Stephanie Kate; 3.50 Far Away So Close.

Turf Trivia

Birmingham racecourse closed in 1965. Lester Piggott rode a double on the last day of racing but the very last race was won by Welshman ridden by the late Greville Starkey.

Picture courtesy of the artist Lisa Miller.

Diary: January 27 2012

 

Fontwell Park

3.30 Mirific has claims running for the first time in a handicap.

Huntingdon

2.10 Turbo du Ranch was second at Plumpton last month and gave the impression that this longer trip could bring out further improvement.

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3.10 Benny be Good has run well without winning on his last 3 starts. Oscargo is highly rated but unseated when hot favourite at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day. Rose of the Moon is one to consider at a bigger price. There is not a lot to choose between this trio and there is the temptation to go for the bigger price of Rose of the Moon who sports first time blinkers. I like Benny be Good though who has a taking attitude and he gets the selection.

3.40 It is hard to fancy Somewhatinevitable based purely on form but his trainer thinks a lot of him and he may well be better than his form figures suggest.

Turf Trivia

St Athan’s Lad won 14 races during his career in the 1990s. The first 13 of these came at Fontwell but just to vary things a bit he then won at Newton Abbot!

Picture courtesy of the artist Katy Sodeau.

Diary: January 26 2012

 

Newcastle

1.45 Vosges

Warwick

1.25 Fire Fighter

2.25 Godsmejudge

2.55 Pacha du Polder

Gowran Park

3.05 The Thyestes Chase is the big race of the day. Start Me Up is one I am quite keen on. He goes on any type of ground and was a good third at Limerick last time over an inadequate trip. Western Charmer has some good form including a second at Punchestown in a Grade 1 in May. He might just be a bit high in the weights though. Rivage D’Or was formerly a consistent hurdler and won over fences at Thurles in October. This looks an open race but I will take a chance on Start Me Up.

From the archives

In recent times the Thyestes Chase has been won by two Grand National winners, Hedgehunter (2004) and Numbersixvalverde (2005).