Wednesday was VERY good with Back In Focus and The New One Landing Max Bets. Sizing Europe without Sprinter Sacre at Evens made it a clean sweep of the Max Bets. Hadrians Approached and Master of the Sea were placed ew and also collected. Thursday Going: GOOD TO SOFT / SOFT IN PLACES
1-30 JEWSON NOVICE CHASE
Dynaste is a MAXIMUM BET and is my best bet of the week. I can not see this beaten. He has been sensational this year and David Pipe has elected for this as opposed to the RSA Chase. Captain Conan would have been a good favourite had Dynaste gone for the RSA but with Dynaste in the race I can see now other outcome other than a convincing Dynaste Win.
2-05 PERTEMPS FINAL
We go from a relatively easy race to kick off to anything but, this is an ultra-competitive handicap with only 13 pounds between all 24 runners. There are plenty with solid claims here, infact you could back half the field and still not find the winner. Therefore I advise playing it small in this race but I do like the market leader here
Sam Winner (Win) trained by Paul Nicholls is a six year old who was smart over hurdles as a juvenile and came back after a year off to beat Peddlers Cross in a jumpers bumper. That was his second run back and I am hoping that he is lining up here on a fair mark. Certainly man of the moment Ruby Walsh is a big plus from the saddle. 4/1 is not huge but he looks to tick more boxes than most.
2-40 RYANAIR CHASE
Slight disappointing renewal of this, expected better in the build up to this. I have looked at this every which way and have looked for reasons to oppose Cue Card. I say that because I am not a fan of the horse, or the jockey, but I keep coming back, by default to Cue Card.
His most credible rivals are First Lieutenant and Riverside Theatre. I am never one to discount Nicky Henderson’s horses but I think this will be a tough task for Riverside. So the question is whether First Lieutenant will beat Cue Card and I think that Cue Card may have too much speed for him and am siding with the Joe Tizzard Cue Card.
3-20 THE WORLD HURDLE
Usually this is a simply one line preview, in so much as Big Buck’s has dominated this event and always wins. However for the first time in a while we have a competitive world Hurdle. The main line of form here is the race where REVE DE SIVOLA beat OSCAR WHISKY at Cheltenham on Heavy going. The ground will be better and suit Oscar Whiskey and I think he will turn that about and is the most likely winner!
I am backing OSCAR WHISKY to win here and having an each way bet on one of my favourite horses in training, GET ME OUT OF HERE (ew). This is somewhat speculative, but this horse has plenty of ability and I wouldn’t be surprised if he gives the principals something to think about. Decent value each way bet
OSCAR WHISKY WIN BET 4/1,
4-00 BYRNE GROUP PLATE
HUNT BALL. This time last year Hunt Ball was talked about as a Gold Cup horse. He was mightily impressive. He hasn’t had a great year (like many of us) mainly due to the bad going. On better ground, in the Grade 3 Handicap I am very strong on this one; the forgotten horse!
4-40 AMATEUR HANDICAP
GALAXY ROCK. EACH WAY on Galaxy Rock is the only bet I will be having but not to any major stakes. The ground has come right for him and we know he goes round Cheltenham well. In fact regulars will remember him last year bolting up at Cheltenham under McCoy.