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.
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.
Free Racing Tips made Simple
Before we get to this Saturday’s horse racing tips let us eulogise a while.
Last Saturday brought devastating news on one of racing’s great stars, the death of Many Clouds; a very sad day indeed.
Many Clouds was a great favourite of ours, an old fashioned dour stayer and superb jumper of fences built in the Denman mould and in his passing he will be missed immensely.
The warrior ran his heart out up the Cheltenham hill defeating unbeaten chaser Thistlecrack at level weights. Lets hope that a future race is graced with his name but not at Cheltenham who have a habit of ditching past heroes in favour of money. Remember ” The Bula ” who they sold to Boylesports, very sad indeed; another champion who lost his life at Cheltenham through injury. Perhaps Aintree is the place, I am sure a northern course will oblige.
Now back to this Saturday……….Sandown hosts the Contenders Hurdle and our outsider selection for the Champion Hurdle, Brain Power, runs. We recommended this rising star last month at 25/1 for the CH and he now is 12/1 in most lists. On Saturday Brain Power is 2nd favourite at 6/4 and he needs to win impressively against the likes of Irving to cement his place in the Champion Hurdle.
We only advise Brain Power for Saturday.
Well, over Xmas we gave you three tips and their performances ranged from abject to brilliant.
Jenkins ran a shocker and was not even placed; Cue Card ran well enough finishing second but not good enough to trouble the new superstar, his stable companion Thistlecrack; but our old favourite Native River did us a massive favour when destroying the field, carrying top weight, in the Welsh National. That was a Denman- like job and we were on at the recommended 7/1.
Winter is here and it’s time to start thinking about some big races looming in the spring.
We fancy the following:
Lets Dance at 6/1 for the Dawn Run at Cheltenham
Brain Power at 25/1 for the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham
Native River at 8/1 for the Gold Cup at Cheltenham
Rivet at 20/1 for the 2000 gns at Newmarket
Rhodonendron at 5/1 for the 1000 gns at Newmarket
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