Diary; April 1 2013

 

Redcar

4.30 Wyldefire looks the type to do well now he is stepped up in trip. The stable are in form and the horse looks on a reasonable mark. The soft ground may be against him but he should go well.

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Diary: March 30 2013

 

1.20 Farlow handles soft ground and looks on a fair mark.

2.30 Jack Dexter will appreciate the ground and looks to be on an upward curve.

3.40 Space Ship could be the best of these. I am a little surprised to see him in a maiden as his handicap rating looks a workable one. Still he gets my vote to get the day off to a winning start.

Musselburgh

3.00 Hamish McGonigall does well over course and distance and should go well.

4.45 Hi There is a consistent sort who won twice last season.

Diary: March 23 2013

 

Tomorrow sees the first Saturday of the new flat season – as long as the wintery weather relents.

Here are my thoughts on the Doncaster races.

1.30 Space Ship could be the best of these. I am a little surprised to see him in a maiden as his handicap rating looks a workable one. Still he gets my vote to get the day off to a winning start.

2.05 Farlow handles soft ground and looks on a fair mark.

2.40 Hi There is a consistent sort who won twice last season. At 16/1 he had an each way chance in an open race.

3.15 Jack Dexter will appreciate the ground and looks to be on an upward curve.

3.50 I don’t have a strong view about the Lincoln but my tentative suggestion would be Solar Deity each way.

Newbury selection

3.30 Handy Andy

Cheltenham Friday

 

Winners have been very hard to find this week. Let’s hope for better things on Friday.

1.30 Those at the head of the market should dominate this renewal. Our Conor and Rolling Star are both unbeaten. My slight preference is for Rolling Star who is a course and distance.

2.05 28 runners! Claret Cloak is lightly raced and won in March last season. The ground should suit and this one may be well handicapped. The stable has not had a winner this year though and that puts me off this one. It’s a Gimme was a good second to Raya Star at Ascot in early November and was on my short list. Heavy rain is forecast though and this horse would not want soft ground. Ifandbutwhynot has won 3 times this season including once at Cheltenham and the trainer is in good form.

Cotton Mill’s second at Newbury last time out looks good form while Olofi won the Racing Post Hurdle earlier this season and is proven both at the track and in big fields.

Cotton Mill, Olofi and Ifandbutwhynot are my main fancies.

2.40 Cloudy Copper, African Gold and Ballycasey form my short list.

3.20 Sir des Champs has been my long term fancy for the Gold Cup and with the Mullins team is such great from I will stick with him. The loss of his regular jockey is a negative though.

4.00 Salsify looks a worthy favourite.

4.40 Gevrey Chambertin and Toner D’Oudairies are two I like.

5.15 Kid Cassidy is the selection with Rody and Petit Robin others to note.

Cheltenham Thursday

 

1.30 Dynaste has the best form on show and is the selection. Captain Conan looks the main danger.

2.05 Sam Winner is the obvious choice and will be hard to beat. His course form is solid and trainer Paul Nicholls rates him as one of his main hopes at the Festival. He is a short price though. In looking for value Captain Sunshine is worth considering. He is capable on his day and has course form but the stable are yet to saddle a winner in 2013 which is a concern. Another to consider at a bigger price is Ely Brown who has won at Aintree and Warwick this season. For my selection though I have gone for Close House. He was a winner at Wincanton last time out and has run well at Cheltenham on both his previous visits. As a saver I think Ballybough Pat looks worth each-way support at around 16/1.

2.40 First Lieutenant has an excellent Cheltenham record and has been running consistently this season in Grade 1 company. I expect him to go well. The other one I like is Champion Court who has also shown a liking for the track.

3.20 Paul Nicholls is keen on the chances of Wonderful Charm. He has a fair bit to find on ratings but may be capable of improvement. Get me out of here has been runner up 3 times at the Festival but will need good ground to be seen at his best. Peddler’s Cross is the other one I like. He was runner up in the Champion Hurdle to Hurricane Fly two years ago.

4.00 AS long as the ground isn’t riding too soft I would fancy Hunt Ball to return to form.

4.40 Alfie Sherrin and Super Duty are my two against the field.

5.15 My selection is Arabella Boy.

Cheltenham Day 1

 

Cheltenham Tuesday

1.30 Favourites have a poor record in this race in recent years so it may be worth looking at some of the alternatives here. Former festival bumper winner Champagne Fever won a Grade 1 at Leopardstown last time out. The ground is likely to suit him and his stamina should be an asset in a strongly run race. Un Atout lacks experience but he is unbeaten and may well be open to plenty of improvement. The ground will not be a problem. Jezki beat Champagne Fever at Fairyhouse in December and is another for the short list.

My idea of the first 3 is Champagne Fever, Un Atout, Jezki in that order.

2.05 It is hard to get away from short priced favourite Simonsig and he is my selection.

2.40 Loch Ba looks an improver. He has won two of his last 3 starts and handles any ground. He is the selection with Fruity O’Rooney and Our Mick others to consider.

3.20 Rock on Ruby and Binocular are my two each way selections.

hardy_eustace

4.00 I will go for Arabella Boy in this. Both trainer and Jockey have a good record in the race.

4.40 Quevega has a fantastic record in the race and should win again. Une Artiste looks next best.

5.15 Ohio Gold is consistent and handles soft ground. Shangani jumps well and is in terrific form. The Druid’s Nephew comes into the reckoning. He was only beaten a nose at Kempton in November and the form of that race has worked out well. Colour Squadron has been aimed at this race. He is the mount of AP McCoy but does tend to make a few jumping errors.

Ohio Gold, Shangani and The Druid’s Nephew are my main fancies.

Picture of Hardy Eustace is courtesy of the artist Sarah Aspinall.