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02 Mar
2011

A Sin Not To Back The Saint At Bangor

Donald McCain’s Jimmy The Saint returned from a near three year absence to score in battling fashion from a fair sort over two miles at Towcester four weeks ago, and he can build on that experience by taking the Excel Signs Ltd Novices’ Hurdle (4.50pm) at his stable’s local track on Wednesday afternoon.

Highly rated by his trainer the eight year old should stay two and a half miles standing on his head, and now he’s over his lengthy injury woes he can make up for lost time in the hands of Jason Maguire. Win bet.

Good luck!

Wednesday’s best bet:

4.50 Bangor – Excel Signs Ltd Novices’ Hurdle – 1 Jimmy The Saint (win) @ 6/4 with Bet365, Victor Chandler & Stan James

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Posted 6 years, 8 months ago

04 Feb
2011

Get The Friday Feeling With Wymott At Bangor?

A couple of cracking days at Leicester and Towcester for me this week have provided a perfect illustration of why British jump racing is such incomparably brilliant entertainment; the gala days on the flat are great too, but the grass roots stuff at the gaff tracks is what it’s all about, even if Leicester do still provide prehistoric facilities in the racecourse stables such as an ice cold hosepipe to try and wash off half a tonne of heaving sweating thoroughbred at the end of a three mile war of attrition.

Still, as the great Racing Post journo David Ashforth would surely testify, they do knock out a mighty fine beef roll for £3.50 near the winners’ enclosure. Delicious, but maybe even that’s scant consolation if there’s a stable lad insisting on squirting you with an icy blast of cold water in the stable block as you attempt to consume it.

The aforementioned D Ashforth was nowhere to be seen, but another well known racing face was on duty at Towcester on Thursday in the shape of ATR and the Racing Post Weekender’s Matt Chapman, a man who has the ‘Marmite effect’ amongst racing fans, with his supporters always firmly entrenched in the for and against Chapman skirmishes that always seem to crop up when racing presenters come up in conversation.

Personally, having watched him up close, I think the bloke is a class act.

You might not agree but I’d never met him in person before Thursday afternoon, but Towcester employ him as a compere of sorts in the parade ring between races, harassing/interviewing owners, trainers, jockeys and anyone carrying a long term injury who finds themself within range and unable to escape.

He did a five minute piece with chief handicapper Phil Smith (incidentally one of the best ever Morning Line guests back in September 2009) which was frankly hilarious.

On the subject of the release of the forthcoming Grand National weights he said: “Now Phil, tell us, most people get excited by an episode of America’s Next Top Model, you get turned on by framing the weights for a 40 runner handicap. Now come on, which one has got 10 pounds up its sleeve?”

Great stuff, and really popular with a decent sized midweek crowd.

Anyway, the week rumbles on with three exciting National Hunt cards at Bangor, Catterick and Chepstow on Friday, and with a trip to Bangor on the cards alongside column regular Lord Culcheth and his new best friend Irish Paul the horse I’m really looking to seeing is Donald McCain’s Wymott, as he meets some stiff oppositon in their two and a half mile Novices’ Chase at 3.30pm.

Only three go to post, but both Bouggler and Rackham Lerouge have begun in style over fences, and to add further spice both receive weight (4lbs) from Wymott.

What it does mean though is Wymott will be a backable price despite the small field, and after the disappointment of seeing Peddlers Cross ruled out his weekend assignment I reckon Donald McCain will have a smile back on his chops here.

It’ll be fascinating to see what makes it with Rackham Lerouge likely to want to kick on in front, especially given that Wymott made all when winning over course and distance on his chasing debut in November.

This will be a credible test of Wymott’s Cheltenham prospects, although his ultimate target remains unclear with the new Centenary Novice a possibility as well as the RSA.

I love the way Wymott went about his job when he began his chasing education before Christmas, attacking the Bangor fences with gusto.

Further encouragement comes from the way that race has worked out: second horse Pearlysteps went on to win at Hereford, third horse Tarablaze went on to win at Exeter, fourth horse Alfie Sherrin also went on to win at Exeter, and fifth horse Silver Kate went in at Chepstow.

Furthermore Wymott followed up at Exeter, another race in which he beat a subsequent winner (Shalimar Fromentro).

So he’s two from two over fences and the sky could be the limit for this horse.

I’ll be backing him to make it three from three, despite the small concern about the wellbeing the McCain team following the Peddlers Cough (concerns are allayed by wins for Ballabriggs, Railway Dillon and Jimmy The Saint already this week).

Down at Chepstow I’ll definitely be having an interest on champion trainer Paul Nicholls’ promising youngster Join Together in the three mile Novices’ Hurdle at 2.05pm.

It’s good to see Nick Scholfield being thrust into a prominent role for team Ditcheat (rides Pride of Dulcote in the Irish Hennessy on Sunday), and he can add to his win on Qozak at Taunton on Tuesday with victory here.

A useful pointer in Ireland his two runs over hurdles have been highly promising – third to the outstanding Court In Motion at Exeter, and then second to Mossley in a Cheltenham Grade 2, his turn is coming make no mistake. Win bet.

Good luck!

Friday’s best bets:

2.05 Chepstow – Lindley Catering Novices’ Hurdle – 4 Join Together (win) @ 11/10 with Bet365 & Victor Chandler

3.30 Bangor – £20 Punters Package 11th February Novices Chase – 1 Wymott (win) @ 5/6 with BoylesportsBet365 & Victor Chandler

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Posted 6 years, 9 months ago

12 Dec
2009

Razor primed for a smooth display – Boylesports Gold Cup day tips?

A field of 17 go to post in a fiercely competitive renewal of the Boylesports Gold Cup this afternoon at 2.25pm, and as the headline suggests I’m pinning my hopes on local trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies bagging the big handicap chase with improving seven year old Oscar gelding Razor Royale in the hands of Paddy Brennan.

The fashion of his last appearance, in which he hacked up in an 0-140 Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase at the Paddy Power Meeting, seeing off nearest pursuer The Sawyer by a distance, puts this likeable type in with genuine each way claims.

His work at home has been outstanding since then, and connections are quietly confident this afternoon.

The handicapper whacked him up 11lbs for his November win and rightly so, but that puts him in with a lovely racing weight of 10st 11lb, and with track, trip and ground to suit it’s little surprise Pricewise has found a home for him this morning.

Be quick and nick some 11/1 with any of Boylesports, Coral or Stan James.
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Posted 7 years, 11 months ago

11 Oct
2008

Something for the weekend…

Fresh as a Parisian tramp’s socks after a blinding couple of days in the French capital, thoughts turn to the end of one season and the start of another, and a host of opportunities to cash in this weekend.

But first a couple of talking points from the weekend just gone: how wrong were we to doubt Zarkava? A genuine superstar who quite rightly raised the roof at Longchamp. Facing the older horses, a temperamental madamoiselle, up against the colts, more traffic problems than Garstang in rush hour? No sweat. She deserved every ounce of our appreciation.

Is Grand Criterium winner Naqoos really a Guineas contender? To me, even the 14/1 on offer with Paddy Power, Totesport and William Hill looks worse value than the €10 a pint Kronenbourg on offer in every Paris boozer. He did seriously well to claim a rare front-running win on a hold-up specialists weekend, but I don’t see this fella getting the trip on the peripherique, let alone the Rowley Mile.

Finally, why do all French bar staff insist on serving you ¾ of a pint of lager topped off with two inches of froth. I want a pint, not a cappuccino. Come back the Lion & Railway, all is forgiven.

Looking forward to this weekend and one future Classic contender who does merit serious consideration is Michael Jarvis’s Kite Wood, who can continue where he left off when justifying weighty market support at Doncaster four weeks ago, by taking Ascot’s Group 3 Deloitte Autumn Stakes. Derby entry Kite Wood, a son of Galileo and available at best odds of 25/1 with VCBet for Epsom ’09, did me plenty of favours when knuckling down to get the better of a decent field at Town Moor, and he certainly appreciated the step up to a mile after a promising debut in a Leicester maiden over 7f. This is another significant step for Jarvis’s charge, but the word is he can get his name on the scoresheet before hanging up his boots for the winter.

Elsewhere on the Flat, there’s a belting looking card north of the border at Musselburgh, transferred from York whilst the drains which will prevent another Ebor washout are installed on the Knavesmire. The undoubted highlight of which is the National Express York Sprint Cup, run over the minimum distance, and likely to favour those experienced horses who don’t mind the rough and tumble of the big field handicaps.

Step forward Siren’s Gift, third in the Portland in first time blinkers, a race she would have had sewn up had it been run over 5f, second in Newmarket’s Rous Stakes, and now gunning for a victory which would cap a fine campaign. Champion apprentice-elect David Probert is cracking value for his 5lb claim, and with the blinds milking further improvement she can go one better in the Musselburgh feature; definitely some each way value to be had.

Meanwhile over the sticks this weekend’s Chepstow fixture is always one I look forward to, not least as it signals a long overdue return of stacks of quality jump racing. Bring it on.

The big battalions are making their first tender steps towards some gaff in Gloucestershire, and there’s early season value to be snapped up. Not least in the Call House @ williamhillbingo.com Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle where Tuanku can overcome a penalty picked up for a fluent winning debut at Plumpton three weeks ago. Fit from the Flat his aptitude for the hurdling game was there for all to see at the Sussex track, and Chepstow’s galloping circuit will be right up his street.

Over the larger obstacles, Tolworth Hurdle winner Breedsbreeze makes his chasing debut in Bangor’s Anderson & Co. Solicitors Bright Future Novices’ Chase, and the vibes from Ditcheat suggest he could be a star over fences. Paul Nicholls has chosen to start him off over 2m 4½f, and unsurprisingly he’s currently on offer at just 20/1 with Paddypower.com for the Arkle Chase as well as 25/1 for the Royal & SunAlliance, both at the 2009 Cheltenham Festival. A winning debut beckons.

This weekend’s best bets:

3.15 Musselburgh back 8 Siren’s Gift (ew)

3.30 back 4 Kite Wood

3.40 Chepstow back 1 Tuanku

4.00 Bangor back 3 Breedsbreeze

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Posted 9 years, 1 month ago