Seven selections for Dundalk

Race one off at 5:00

Danz Gift won on his last outing in December over course and distance. A strong pace would see him to best effect. If he gets this he can make it two ina row.

Race two off at 5:30

Georgian Bay looks hard to beat. Last time out he had an off day. Before that he was placed in his last six outings at Dundalk, including two wins. A return to that form would see him go close.

Race three of at 6:00

Theobald has shown good form at Dundalk in his last three runs with two victories and a third. If he stays the extra two furlongs he could prove hard to beat.

Race four off at 6;30

Spanish Soprano was second to a stablemate of hers at Dundalk last time out in a handicap. She is back in maiden company and can use her experience to get the better of these.

Race five off at 7:00

I think the favourite Crockford  will win this. He has been placed on two of three starts. He has the most runs in the field. The experience can help him to get his head infront.

Race six off at 7:30

Gougane Barra won on his appearance when winning at Dundalk. He had Voyageofdiscovery behind him on that occasion and I think that they could be the first two home.

Race seven off at 8:00

Empire Line looks to have a great chance to get off the mark here. He has been second on his last three runs. I think he can go one better here.

Seven selections for Naas

By Luke 

 

Racing on Sunday comes from Naas with a seven race card.

The most interesting race on the card is the Naas Business Club Novices Chase off at 2:20. This race sees the return of Champagne Classic who has been off the track for over one year. He could be an interesting chaser going forward. I like Chris’s Dream. This will be his second start over fences after winning his Chase debut at Navan in early December. On that occasion Gun Digger and Shady Operator followed him home. Both since came out and won their next start. The step up in trip will suit and can hopefully lead to him getting his head infront.

Race one off at 1:20

Lignou ran a fine race when finishing fourth at Punchestown at the end of the December. The first and second came out again and finished one, two at Fairyhouse a fortnight ago. Them two pulled clear of the third horse. He runs in blinkers which will hopefully help him get his head infront.

Race two off at 1:50

Espoir D’Allen will be the selection for me. He has only lost once over hurdles. His two runs this season have been very impressing. He has won by a combined margin of 19 lengths. He is the one to beat.

Race four off at 2:50

This looks a good opportunity for Dream Conti to get his head infront. He has been third on both his starts over hurdles. The second at Leopardstown, The Big Dog came out and won impressively at Gowran on Thursday. With a bit of improvement he can get his head infront.

Race five off at 3:20

Fire Ranger won on the first time of asking in handicap company when winning at Punchestown. He won by five lengths and I think there is more to come off a mark off 115.

Race six off at 3:50

Punches Cross is going for a hat-trick of wins at Naas and I think he will get it. Dakota Moirette was forth in his last win, and he has since came out and been an unlucky third at Fairyhouse. He finished strong to get his victory last time out, so the step up in trip will help him and possibly bring out more improvement.

Race seven off at 4:20

Brueside brings the best form into the race. He finished second to Valdiue at Down Royal, since then Valdieu has came out and won his maiden Hurdle impressively at Naas three weeks ago. An improvement on that will see him go close.

Six selections for Fairyhouse

 

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By Luke

Racing from Ireland come from Fairyhouse on Saturday.

The feature race is the BetVictor Solerina Mares Novice Hurdle off at 1:35. Honeysuckle has been impressive on her two starts over hurdles to date. The only concern being she has only had the two runs, this makes her the least experienced in the field. I like Robin De Carlow. She was reported to have not handled the soft ground at Cork last time out. She bet Awayinthewest at Limerick by 2 lengths. Awayinthewest now receives 7 lbs off her. This move in the weights will bring them closer but I think Robin De Carlow will have enough to get her head infront.

Race one off at 12:00 

I  think Burgas a good each-way selection in this. He has plenty of experience, he has had 8 runs over fences. Real Steel and Glenloe have the potential to be good chasers but both had jumping problems on debut. Glenloe made a bad mistake on chase debut and never threatened after that. Real Steel was in the process of running a great debut when coming down at the last when in contention at Leopardstown. I think Burgas will be hard to knock out of the frame.

Race two off at 12:30 

Dakota Moirette is my idea of the winner in this. He was in the process of running a decent race at Naas when he didn’t jump the last well. If he repeats that run and can brush up on his jumping he can be competive in this wide  open handicap.

Race three off at 1:00.

Gunfire Reef is the horse I like. He has been in great form of late, in his last four starts he has not been out of the frame. Last time out at Thurles he was second. Fergiethelengend was third and takes him on again here. Double Portrait was forth and he  won at Thurles last Sunday. Hopefully he can continue his good run of from and get his head infront.

Race five is off at 2:10

I like Westport Lady . She was an impressive bumper winner on her penultimate start at Thurles. She ran a good race on debut over hurdles at Fairyhouse finishing second. If she can improve on that it will see her go close.

Race eight off at 3:55

Cher Why Not is the one for me in the finale. He has been in good form of late finishing third and second on his last two outings. He was second to Global Racing at Punchestown earlier this month when slightly unlucky in running. With a clear run and a repeat of that run will hopefully lead to a reversing of the form.

Ten Year Challenge: Horse Racing Edition

By Evie

The Ten Year Challenge has recently gone viral on the internet this week, so we thought we’d put our own spin on this internet trend. Incase you’ve been living under a rock this week, we’ll break it down for you. The Ten Year Challenge consists of taking a look back in time, to see what was happening a decade ago, and comparing it to the current time. Of course, we can’t compare the two years quite yet, only being a month into 2019, however we thought we’d still take a look back, and see what was happening in racing a decade ago.

In March, the Kauto Star/ Denman duo finished 1-2 in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, with Kauto Star becoming the first horse to ever regain the Gold Cup, having previously won it in 2007 and losing in 2008 seven lengths behind Denman, truly cementing his name into the history books. Also in this year, Kauto won his fourth King George in a row, and would only go on to win the race once more, in 2011.

Early the next month came the Grand National, one of the biggest events in the racing calendar. 40 horses took to the starting line to race over the 30 obstacles, but only one horse came out on top, and that horse was the French-Bred AQPS Mon Mome. Having been sent off at off of 100/1, he became the largest price winner of the race since the infamous Foinavon won this race back in 1967. It was his second run in the race, having finished tenth in the race the year before, and his win came exactly a century after the last time a French-Bred horse had won the race.

And so the 08/09 National Hunt Season came to a close, which meant it was just the beginning of the 2009 flat season, and it kicked off with a bang. The first Group One of the flat season, the 2,000 Guineas, was sure to be a good one, with the champion two year old, Mastercraftsman, lining up to tackle his first race as a three year, alongside a whole host of talented colts. Sea The Stars would end up winning this race, and followed up by winning the Epsom Derby a month later. His win in the 2,000 Guineas kickstarted a career, which many regard as one of the best careers of all time.

Whilst we were fawning over the greatness of Sea The Stars, across the pond many Americans were shocked by the result of their first classic, and the first race in the infamous Triple Crown series. Fresian Fire went off as the favourite for the Kentucky Derby, after winning three highly regarded Graded stakes races, including the Lousiana Derby. However, Fresian Fire would end up coming home in second, being beaten by Mine That Bird, who become only ninth gelding to have ever have won this race. He won at odds of 50/1, but couldn’t manage to back up this brilliant win with a victory in either of the next two classics.

In 2009, fillies won many of the most highly regarded races in the American racing calendar, and the Preakness Stakes was no exception. The great Rachel Alexandra beat the Kentucky Derby winner into second in the Preakness Stakes back in 2009, and followed up this win with victories in the Haskell Stakes and the Woodward Stakes, both of which were relatively new territory for fillies, and still are rarely raced in by fillies even a decade later.

The Breeder’s Cup often marks the massive finale at the end of the flat season, with many extremely talented racehorses coming together to truly see who is the best of the best, and the 2009 Breeder’s Cup festival was no exception to this.

In this year, Goldikova won her 2nd of three Breeder’s Cup Turf Miles, whilst later that night Zenyatta’s late challenge on the dirt in the Classic meant she became the first, and still the only, filly to have ever won the Breeder’s Cup Classic, and forever writing her name into the history books as one of the greatest of all time, all whilst maintaining her unrivalled unbeaten streak.

All in all, 2009 may be one of the greatest flat seasons in modern history, with seeing such greats like Zenyatta, Sea The Stars and Rachel Alexandra grace racetracks across the world, so we can only hope that ten years later, we can see talent like theirs once again, a decade later.

Seven selections for Thurles

By Luke

Sundays feature race is the Horse and Jockey Hotel Chase off at 2:10. I like Total Recall. He ran a promising race on seasonal debut at Tramore on New Years Day. He finished second to the impressive Al Boum Photo. Some of the horses he bet on the day, turn up again. I think he will be hard to beat.

Race one off at 12:30.                                                                                                                   This looks a great opportunity for The Holy One to get off the mark. He will be very hard to beat.

Race two off at 1:00.                                                                                                                           I think First Approach can get back to winning ways here. He won his maiden very impressively at Downpatrick. He has been running in top quality races since and things haven’t worked out. The drop in grade will suit and will be very hard to beat.

Race three off at 1:35.                                                                                                                        I like Ask Nile. On his penultimate start, he was forth behind two rivals who turn up again today. He gave the two of them weight on that day. He is now running off level weight as The King Of Brega because of the jockey’s 7lb claim. He gives Like An Open Book 1lb and only has to make up 1/2 length to beat him on that running. I think these factors can swing it his way.

Race five off at 2:40 .                                                                                                                          Meri Devie is the pick for me. She was very a impressive winner on her seasonal debut which was also her debut for new connections. She was a better hurdler than the favourite on ratings and hopefully can get the better of these.

Race six off at 3:15.                                                                                                                           I think Double Portrait has an each-way chance at a double figure price. He finished 1 3/4 lengths behind Teachers Pet this day last week . Stepping down in trip can see him turn the tables and be in the mix at the finish.

Race seven off at 3:50.                                                                                                                    Ucello Conti will be very hard to beat but I think Sidetracked looks a good each-way selection. He is lightly raced with him only having six career starts. He has room for improvement which can see him finish in the first three.

Race one : The Holy One.                                                                                                                Race two : First Approach.                                                                                                               Race three : Ask Nile.                                                                                                                       Race four : Total Recall.                                                                                                             Race five : Meri Devie.                                                                                                                       Race six : Double Portrait. (Each-way)                                                                                                       Race seven : Sidetracked . (Each-way)

Four selections for Navan on Saturday

By Luke 

Navan hosts a seven race card with the feature race off at 1:35. The Navan Handicap Hurdle looks a very interesting renewal. As it stands 14 go to post with the favourite being Ronald Pump. The favourite has won on his last two outings. Last time out at Fairyhouse he was a very impressive winner. For those two runs he has went up 18lbs. The six year old seems to be on an upward curve but I think he can be taken on. Last years winner Hareth doesn’t seem to be firing this time round. I like Gooden Jewel. He was only beaten 1/2 length over course and distance back in December. The step down in trip at Leopardstown didn’t suit. The step back up in trip can see him to better effect.

The first on the card is off at 12:30. I like Press Conference for Jessica Harrington. He bet the highly regarded Annamix at Limerick over Christmas. He receives 5lbs off the favourite and I think he has a leading chance.

The second race on the card is off at 1:00. I like Diol Ker. He was an unlucky loser at Leopardstown over Christmas. He looked the winner coming to the last, but he stumbled on landing losing momentum. A reapeat of that run will put him in the mix.

The last race I have a selection in is the fourth race off at 2:10. I like Eviscerating for Joseph O’Brien. His last run at Naas showed signs of improvement from his seasonal debut at Navan. He steps up in trip which will suit and will hopefully see him fighting out the finish.

Race one : Press Conference.

Race two : Diol Ker

Race three : Golden Jewel

Race four : Eviscerating

Chatting With… Sam Twiston-Davies

By Samantha

Sam Twiston-Davies is one of the country’s leading jump jockeys and is one of ‘the good guys’ of racing.

Sam has ridden over 700 winners and was the retained jockey for Paul Nicholls from the 2014/15 season until 2018 when Sam announced he would be going freelance.

He still rides for Paul Nicholls and won a Grade One on one of his horses, Quel Destin, on Welsh National Day. Sam is well supported with rides by his father Nigel and Dr Richard Newland.

His biggest win to date were in the Queen Mother Champion Chase on the Paul Nicholls trained Dodging Bullets. He has also won the Ballymore and many other graded races on The New One.

I was lucky enough to chat to Sam on Wednesday about his life as a jockey.

When did you realise you wanted to be a jockey?

Well, I kind of grew up with it. My dad is a trainer and my mum had ridden so I thought it would be the right path to follow. I’m very lucky to now be doing it.

What’s your favourite thing about being a jockey?

The horses themselves. You get to sit on a wide variety and, fingers crossed, you go out with the hope that you’ll find the next really good one. Obviously, it’s quite tough and you do sit on a lot of not so good horses but, when you find one like The New One for example, it is very exciting.

If you could give an aspiring jockey one piece of advice, what would it be?

Work hard, keep your head down and listen to every piece of advice you get along the way.

What was it like working for Paul Nicholls?

He’s a very good boss and he’s trained a lot of winners even before I was riding for him and he’s still training them now. He wants to win as much a possible and it can mean he comes across quite hard sometimes but only because he wants to win but otherwise he’s a good boss and a good man to ride for. His dedication to the game is huge.

This is probably a tough question but who is the best horse you’ve ever ridden?

The New One because on his day he had so much potential and obviously he didn’t win a lot of grade ones but he he had a great way of going. He had so much potential; he won so many races and beat so many good horses. He did it all the way from when he was three until he was ten.

Are there any young horses who you are most looking forward to for the future?

It’s hard to know as we’ve got a lot of young horses in at the minute but the most likely one at the minute is looking like Al Dancer. He’s done very well so far. He goes off to the Betfair now and we’ll see how he gets on.

If you could ride any horse at Cheltenham,
who would it be?

Altior would be the obvious one- he is an outstanding horse. He has won everything we would want from him so far. If not, Native River in the Gold Cup looks to be one who would give you a great spin. He has a real nice way of going.

If you weren’t a jockey, what would you be?

I’ve always been intrigued with the military but I’m very lucky to do what I love so I won’t be giving up any time soon.

What do you think the racing authorities could do to get more people involved in racing?

It’s incredibly tough because of, obviously, the time you have to put in from day to day, from morning to evening, but I think the fact of the horses you get to spend time with is what we need to make more appealing and then people would understand what horses can do for you and what a kind animal they are and how much fun you can have with them.

If there was any horse, past or present, you could’ve ridden who would it be?

I wouldn’t mind having a few more go’s on Hello Bud.

As a kid, which jockey did you look up to most?

It was a combination of A P McCoy and Carl Llewellyn.

Joker of the Weiging Room?

Mathew Batchelor and Tom Scudamore wouldn’t be far behind.

Three First Crop Sires to look out for in 2019

By Evie

Golden Horn: In a successful career spanning just over a year, from October 2014 to October 2015, Golden Horn amassed over £4,000,000 in earnings, as well as seven race wins out of nine starts, with four of these wins coming in Group 1 company. The Derby and Arc de Triomphe winner retired in October 2015, and entered stud duty at Dalham Hall stud in 2016, meaning his first foals will debut later this year. It is reported that his first book contained 145 mares, of which 74 were Group 1 winners, dams of Group 1 winners, or immediately related to Group 1 winners. Therefore, it probably won’t be uncommon to see many of his progeny in the winner’s circle in the coming years.

American Pharoah: 2015 was also the year of the dirt horse, and in 2015 American Pharoah ended the drought, becoming only the 12th Triple Crown in the competition’s 140 year history. He then went on to win the Breeder’s Cup, becoming the only horse to have ever won the illusive ‘Grand Slam’. As a result of this, his first book of mares was an extremely high quality one, with 55 of the 208 mares in his first book being Group 1 winners, or dams of Group 1 winners, with a further dozen having won, or produced winners of, European Group 1 winners. Some of his two year olds have been placed into training with European trainers, such as Aidan and Joseph O’Brien, and as a result of this it is likely that AP will be used as a dual purpose sire, and hopefully we will be seeing some of his offspring in winner’s circles on both sides of the pond.

Gleneagles: Another stallion who had a largely popular racing career was Gleneagles, who was a Group 1 winner as two-year old, as well a dual-guineas winner at three. As well as this, he has a great pedigree, by the massively influential Galileo, and out of the talented broodmare You’resothrilling, who also happens to be a sister to Giant’s Causeway. His first book of mares contained no less than 45 stakes winners. At the moment, Galileo seems to becoming an influential sire of sires, so its likely that Gleneagles will be no exception to this.

Hopefully, each of these stallions can make their own impact on the next generation of racehorses, and maybe one of them might even become the next Galileo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classic Chase Day Review 2019

f54f0afb-286f-4f1c-ba66-248d38488bf0By Samantha

This Saturday, I made my first ever trip to Warwick Races and it was one of the best days of my life. The feature race of the day was the Classic Chase so ITV Racing was there to cover the day’s racing.

As a lot of you know from social media, I was lucky enough to meet Oli Bell, who I interviewed in April 2018, at the races and he gave me and my family a tour of the ITV Racing set! We met Ed Chamberlain and Will Kennedy as well as lots of the behind the scenes crew who do an excellent job. I also chatted to Luke Harvey and Alice Plunkett, who it turns out is a big fan of Rein It In Racing. She kindly invited us into the parade ring before the Classic Chase and she interviewed me which was honestly of if the best experience of my fourteen years of living in this earth. It wasn’t shown on the telly but Ed mentioned me at the end of the show which was so incredible of him. I still, three days later, can’t believe any of this happened! The team at Rein It In Racing are so grateful to the ITV Racing team for being so hospitable and helping us gain lots more publicity. We would like to welcome our new followers and we hope you will enjoy our content on Rein It In.

The racing was incredible too and it kicked off with a lot of drama. After three out, one of the runners, Texas Nomad, stumbled and fell taking down Sammylou and Spader. As far as I know, all horses and jockeys were okay after the incident but it didn’t make for pleasant viewing. The winner was Dyliev and she did so quite well under James Bowen. Caroline Bailey talked about what it takes to get a horse ready for the races in the post-race interview over the tannoy and it was very interesting to listen to.

The start of the second race was dramatic also as quirky Bright New Dawn decided he didn’t fancy racing much at the start and eventually started but gave away a lot of lengths. He ran a decent race to be only beaten just over fourteen lengths but the action happened at the forefront of the race and he was never close enough to figure. Generous Day won and acted as the first leg of a cross the country double for James Davies. The seven year old was in the lead from the eighth and kept on very well in the closing stages and couldn’t be caught by the fast-finishing Movie Legend. Davies then travelled over to Kempton to ride in the 15:15 and won on Glen Rocco by twenty three lengths. There is no doubt he will stay further and it was good to see the jockey have a big winner on ITV Racing as he’s a good jockey and works hard.

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I think we saw a proper superstar in the 13:50. It was a tight little event with Ricky’s Treasure the 6/5 favourite. He lead most of the way but never jumped or travelled like he had done in his previous starts. Ok Corral from the Nicky Henderson yard partnered by amateur jockey and Mr-Irish-Point-To-Point Derek O’Connor. O’Connor no doubt came over to get experience on the gelding before the four miler at Cheltenham, which looks his ideal target. Secret Investor looked one for the future as he briefly gave him something to think about but was turned over easily.

The next race was the best race on grading of the day. It saw Beakstown, trained by Dan Skelton and ridden by his brother Harry. The combination won this with Three Muskateer in 2015. The horse was really overpriced at 6/1 considering the way he jumped and travelled throughout. He is a giant of a horse and there is no doubt in my mind that he will make a smart chaser. He is currently 18/1 for the Ballymore but is on the drift. Top weight Rockpoint got found out by the penalty he was carrying after a victory in this grade last time out but there will be other days for him. The favourite Tidal Flow wasvery disappointing. He was really novicey and didn’t handle the step up in grade at all.

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The fifth race on the card was the Classic Chase. At the last, onlookers had no idea who would win between Calett Mad and Impulsive Star as they jumped in sync. The latter found more on landing and prevailed in the end by just over three lengths under top amateur and Cheltenham Gold Cup winning jockey Sam Warley-Cohen. It had been a tough battle for Sam to make the weight but I’m sure winning made up for starving himself over the past few days. Impulsive Star’s aim next looks to be the four miler at Cheltenham where he was fourth last year and he is currently the 14/1 second favourite behind Ok Corral, who won earlier on this card. Calett Mad didn’t have a change of gear enough to stick with Impulsive Star after the last and I think he will shine over the four mile plus distances and be a Grand National horse next season as he’s only seven.

Next up was the Pertemps Qualifier. Top weight was Blaklion, who is better known as a staying chaser than a hurdler. He led until about four out but was headed and faded quite quickly. Despite this, it was a decent prep if connections want to send him to the National. The winner was another horse who had been chasing- Keeper Hill. He won in good style under young claimer Harry Teal forWarren Greatrex and the McNeil Family. It was great to see him return to form!

Lastly was a ‘Newcomers NH Flat Race’. Well related geldings Millstone and Dont Tell The Wife were joint favourites at 5/2 but they both really disappointed. Four year old Pour Joie won it really well for Ian Williams and Aidan Coleman. I was very impressed with him. His dam was at maiden on the flat and he is her first foal so it will be interesting how he turns out. The whole field have a lot to learn as, understably, they were very novicey and babyish.

Overall, I really liked Warwick Races. It lived up to my lofty expectations from people telling me it was one of the nicest courses in the country. I thought the facilities on offer were great and the course was lovely. It was a fabulous day out and I’m so grateful to the people who made my day so enjoyable! Thank you ITV Racing.

Warwick Classic Chase Preview 2019

By Samantha

The Classic Chase at Warwick is always a race I enjoy to watch and I am beyond excited to be able to go and watch the race live in what should be a great day out as the whole card looks a good one (previewed at the bottom of the article).

In 2018, Milansbar bolted up under Bryony Frost and fellow lady rider Gina Andrews takes over the reins this year. Since then, his best run was a ten length second to Regal Flow in the Midlands Grand National. Eversince 1995, no horse has won aged twelve so he looks up against it but he is only 6lbs higher than last years win.

Cogry was beaten eleven lengths in this race last year to finish second. He has won around this course before and he won very bravely last time out over three miles two at Cheltenham. Only one horse has won this after winning their previous outing in the last ten years so that dampens his chances. He is yet to win over three miles five but he has placed over three miles seven so he will stay. His stablemate Calett Mad runs in the double green of Simon Munir and Isaac Souede. This horse was only beaten a half length giving weight over four miles last time out and the ground was probably a bit quick for him on all his starts this season. He is only seven and looks open to improvement. Consequently, he has leading claims.

Looking ahead to the Grand National, Step Back is the shortest price of all the runners for the big Aintree showpiece at 33/1. He is very unexposed under rules and won two of his four starts last season including the grade three Bet365 Chase at Sandown in April. He ran on really well so will stay t by is trip. His reappearance at Chepstow was a bit disappointing but he should come on for that run.

Neil Mulholland has two representatives in the line-up – Carol’s Destrier and Impulsive Star. The former ended along losing run last time out but was fifth to Step Back in April so has a bit to find based on that. Impulsive Star has barely any weight to carry and will be partnered by top amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen. The nine year old is yet to win over fences so has a mountain to climb against more seasoned chasers. He ran quite well for a long way in the four miler at Cheltenham, where he was only beaten two and a half lengths by Ladbrokes Trophy winner Sizing Tennessee.

As the name suggests, Sizing Codelco is from the same ownership and trained by the same trainer as Sizing Tennessee. He went close last time out over three miles but hasn’t won since 2017. There are question marks surrouRACE 5- Ultragold & Calett Madnding his stamina, especially as he hasn’t been seen for 252 days. His trainer Colin Tizzard also has Ultragold. He kept on in the dying stages to be third in the Becher Chase, over his beloved Grand National fences, over three miles two and it is an unknown whether he’ll stay but if he does do, he’ll be bang there. There is a trend in this race that twelve out of the thirteen renewals were won by horses who had already won over three miles or further but it think you can ignore that with him. He represents the value in the race.

Un Temps Pour Tout has top weight in this race. The son of Robin Des Champs won the Ultima at Cheltenham and he must have had some kind of issue afterwards as he hadn’t been seen for 606 days when making his reappearance in November over hurdles when he was fifth ofRACE 2- Movie Legend – five. It is an unknown whether he will stay but he is a dual winner over three miles one.

Paul Nicholls has won this race three times and has one horse representing his stable this year. Ibis Du Rheu finally won a chase on the eighth try on his first start this season in decent style. Last time out he was second, twenty six lengths behind smart novice chaser The Worlds End. His stamina is uncertain but, if connections didn’t think he had a chance, they wouldn’t be running him.

Crosspark‘s jumping let him down in this race last year but it has seemed to have improved recently as he won his first two races of this campaign well. Uppped in class last time out, he weakned tamely and he has never won off a mark this high before so could struggle in the weights. Duel At Dawn needed his run on his reappearance over two miles six. He didn’t stay the four miles in the race of that trip at the Cheltenham Festival and has only won over three miles so I am not fully convinced he’ll stay but looks on a good mark currently and isn’t without a chance.

Chase The Spud is an old favourite but age may be creeping up with him. He was well beaten, with Milansbar in front, last time out. Before that, Fergal O’Brien’s horse was pulled up on all of his starts last season. He stays this trip as he won the Midlands National in 2017. He is still 4lbs higher than his last winning mark so will need to put in a huge performance to win. It would be brilliant to see him return to form though.

SELECTIONS

Calett Mad and Ultragold (EW)

First Assignment (📸JTW Equine Images) 

REST OF THE CARD SELECTIONS

RACE 1- Mercer’s Troop – Open race to start the day. My selection put in a great performance to be second defying all his previous form so the wind op seems to have had the desired effect and he can go one better providing that wasn’t a fluke.

RACE 2- Movie Legend – He has ran four solid races already this season and goes off a winnable mark as the handicapper has been lenient with him and deserves to be rewarded for his consistency.

RACE 3- Ok Corral – second in the Albert Bartlett last season, he made a successful debut over fences last time out and looks to have a big future. The other three runners are very smart though.

RACE 4- Tidal Flow – Already won over this trip before, this horse battled on well to win both his hurdle starts. Leading claims. Rockpoint is his biggest rival after that horse’s impressive Cheltenham win but has a penalty to carry from that.

RACE 5- Ultragold & Calett Mad

RACE 6- First Assignment (Nap) – Won his first two really well this season and then was only beaten one and three quarter lengths by Paisley Park the subsequent grade one scorer. Gets the nod over grade two hurdles winner and top staying chaser Blaklion.

RACE 7- Millstone – Tough race to work out as they are all unraced but this horse is related to four winners, two of whom won first time out. Yard has good record in bumpers.

Keep an eye out on my twitter feed (@sam_angelina22) for trackside updates throughout the day. 🙂