Well here we are with mid summer approaching and Royal Ascot seeming a life time ago.
We mentioned the Eclipse Stakes last week which is due to be run on Saturday but looking at the field we find it too open to choose. What we will say is that our old favourites from the Guineas, Eminent & Barney Roy have great chances and if we were to bet it would be on both of these giving a return of 6/4 at current prices of 4/1 each of them.
The big July meeting next week at Newmarket so don’t forget to have a peep.
We are also waiting for our 2nd Roll Up tip so keep checking.
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.
Sorry about last week as we stated that we were torn between Native River and Blaklion in the Hennessy ending up suggesting the latter.
No excuses we should have stuck with our first pick but changed our mind.
Not good enough really as have found that changing your mind hardly ever pays off although Blaklion did run a blinder and was just beaten for a place being 2/1 in the straight on the exchanges.
This Saturday sees the return of that superb jumper Many Clouds in the Lotto Chase at Aintree. This former grand national winner is a big favourite of ours although flopping in the downpour with his big weight when last seen in this year’s national. The horse was second in this last year to class act Don Poli but beat Menorah and Southfield Theatre.
Although we feel that the field is less classy this time we are concerned about the horse’s fitness compared to the others and suggest just a small wager on him if only just to supplement the excitement with his superb jumping. This horse is a blast from the past of old fashioned staying chasers.
Well, as we advised last week,to lay Coneygree, we hope that you did just that as the horse was not race fit.
Newbury, this Saturday, feature the famous Hennessy GC.
Not our favourite course Newbury going way back to Bula’s first defeat in 1971 after 13 straight wins.
No Bula’s or Denman’s on show this year but plenty of good 2nd season novices.
We looked at Native River who we like but have gone for Blaklion the RSA winner, as was Denman, and are confident of at least a place.