Well, punters we know what it is this weekend don’t we, so no introductions and to the point.
One of the most wrongly spelt words in the dictionary is DEFINITELY, did you know that! Anyway, what we are alluding to is that our main selection in Saturday’s big one is Definitly Red.……spot it…..wonder how many will spell the horse’s name correctly/incorrectly when writing out their bets……get it! We fancy this one.
Also, one must have a minimum of at least three selections in the national otherwise it could be all over after the first so we recommend The Last Samurai & One for Arthur with just as much confidence of good runs.
There look to be some good Cheltenham winners ready to win again but also some placed ones and suggest that On the Fringe, that great hunter, will atone.
On Friday we like our old favourite Clyne 16/1 and also Golden Jeffrey 10/1 in the flat race.
A happy three days.
Cheltenham Fall Out-To the point
Well, and to the point, last week saw Cheltenham and nothing surprising because there were lots of surprises!
We aren’t big fans of Cheltenham these days, since they sold The Bula Hurdle down the river and it’s a rip off to punters in all aspects, it is best watched at home.
Anyway, the horses aren’t to blame……well you know what I mean Harry!
Unable to make our minds up we stuck to our previous Spring Fancies page which yielded a winner in Lets Dance 6/1 at the time, a third in Native River 8/1 and nowhere to be sighted Brain Power! We advised strongly to lay Yanworth but advised a bet on on the unplaced Master Blueyes and finally a win double with On the Fringe/Unowhatimeanharry both placed.
So, all in all, the 6/1 winner and the Yanworth LAY got us out of gaol with a small profit.
The proper flat stuff and Aintree loom and we do like Aintree where, trust us, there will be rich pickings for all!
Watch this space!!
Nothing given last week although we did mention Yala Enki & The Last Samurai to watch.
Well, Yala Enki led until the straight and The Last Samurai stayed on really well to take 2nd to easy winner Definitly Red. Both The Last Samurai and the winner are leading National contenders and are our selections for the race come a months time. They are both 18/1 as we write.
Now, to the point, we were very impressed with The Last Samurai who was placed last year.
Again, nothing tipped for this weekend.
Again nothing much of note this weekend as Cheltenham fever approaches.
The racing at Doncaster and Newbury looks too tough to call and the only ones we would fancy are old favourites The Last Samurai 5/1 and Yala Enki 10/1 both in The Grimthorpe at Donny.
The Thistlecrack saga has resurfaced with 3/1 non runner no bet quote as rumours abound that it may yet run? Ignore them for it WONT WIN if it runs…..its a LAY on the day if it does run.
Racing last weekend threw up Master Blueyes and if it runs in the Fred Winter or Triumph BACK it for it had Charlie Parcs beaten when that horse fell.
The announcement today of the injury to Thistlecrack comes as no surprise to me.
Experience has taught me that.
I have seen, over the years, what happens to novices taking on experienced high class horses in the Gold Cup; put plainly, it knackers them up.
In Thistlecrack’s case it came before the Gold Cup, last month, against the legend Many Clouds.
I know that the horse is injured but it is too much of a coincidence after that tremendous duel which cost the winner its life.
Look at Coneygree, the recent winner of the Gold Cup and first novice to win it since Captain Christy in 1974; the horse isn’t the beast that it was. Captain Christy only lasted one more season although he did beat the likes of Pendil and Bula in two KG’s after. The running of the brilliant novice Drumadowney (finished 4th) finally convinced me of this theory.
Thistlecrack in the Gold Cup against the likes of Native River and Cue Card would have warranted a good LAY. The Many Clouds affair may well have done the horse a favour in giving the horse the rest of the season off, that is, of course, if he hasn’t already met his Waterloo!
This Saturday’s racing is difficult and no point wasting money for the sake of it.
Two short priced winners last week Cue Card/Yanworth was good enough for me out of the two selected although I consider Yanworth a lay in the Champion Hurdle.
Talking of Cheltenham an On The Fringe/Unowhatimeanharry double looks a great bet at 11/2.
Well you lucky punters, last Saturday’s three tips supplied two winners and a third in the form of Tobefair and Native River with Clyne third. Not too bad really as Clyne ran really well with a big weight, away from his favoured track of Haydock. All three must be followed and strongly as they are all improving at a rapid pace.
Native River is my type of horse, makes the running and grinds them down just like Denman did. Clyne is a horse on a roll, a real trier but just short of top class, this horse is being saved for Aintree. Tobefair has defied the handicapper like none I have ever seen and when looking beaten finds more to make it look easy; a real enigma that deserves a big Cheltenham handicap win.
Now back to business and this Saturday’s Cheltenham and Grand National trials range from difficult to fairly easy.
Yanworth should win at Wincanton and Cue Card at Ascot but the Haydock National trial poses a good think and is best left alone as all are in with a good chance in the expected slog.
There’s nothing like being stood at the 2nd last on the exposed expanses of Haydock Park on a winter’s day, watching and listening to the jockeys appear from up the straight, cajoling their mounts with “over me boy” as they urge them on, the atmosphere is quite eerie. Anyway, that’s another story!
Last week’s tip was a no goer as Brain Power was withdrawn from the Contenders Hurdle to enable his stable companion to take the prize which he did, easily; a tip in its self.
This Saturday’s card at Newbury is a feast of class runners, some of who will be having their final prep before next month’s Cheltenham Festival.
We fancy three horses this week.
Tobefair at 3/1 in the Betfair Cash Out Hurdle must be backed until he is beaten……this horse keeps on defying the handicapper like no other!
In the big one,The Betfair Hurdle (the Schweppes) as us old timers call it, we like the vastly improved Clyne at 6/1. This horse gave the New One a scare at Haydock after previously winning the “fog” race at Haydock. Our only reservation is that the horse seems to lap it up at Haydock;let’s see.
Finally we must back our old favourite Native River at 1/1 in the Denman against another good un Bristol De Mai. What a great renewal to honour the mighty Denman.