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25/1 opener

Three jump meetings for us today from Ascot, Haydock and Huntingdon. The headline race from the four graded races on offer is the Grade 1 Betfair Chase at Haydock.

We are concentrating on two races from the Haydock card in this analysis where the going is already reported as Heavy. The Lancashire track has had plenty of rain, with more forecast throughout the day. Any significant deterioration in the ground will be a factor.

Later this morning I will be getting direct course reports from all the tracks before briefing members with my betting plans.

12.10 1m7½f Newton Novices’ Hurdle (Listed Race) (Class 1) (4yo+)

Form of all of these is difficult to evaluate.

Dynamite Dollars looked impressive on latest start, but beat little.

I would be wary of anything at short odds.

A case of sorts can be made for all.

Locally trained Waterlord makes his debut for the McCain yard after a two year absence and is  worth keeping an eye on at big odds. Currently available at around 25/1.

My private tissue at this early stage:

Dynamite Dollars  5/2

Whatmore             4/1

Midnight Shadow 5/1

Gortroe Joe           6/1

Delire D’Estruval  8/1

Waterlord             10/1

Windshear            33/1



3.00 3m1½f Betfair Chase (Grade 1) (Class 1) (5yo+)

Well over £100,000 on offer to the winner.

Bristol De Mai returned to form at Wetherby and last season’s course win made a lasting impression.

Outlander also returned from the wilderness when winning on latest start.

Cue Card was beaten by Tea For Two when last completing.

My provisional tissue which is at variance with the generally available early prices:

Bristol De Mai  7/4

Cue Card           7/2

Outlander         7/2

Tea For Two     6/1

20/1 bar


Bristol De Mai

Over the past seven days we have had just the five selective bets producing four winners. Those four include winners at 9/4 and 10/3, the latter being our biggest bet of this week so far. Plus two more successful lays against short priced favourites, the latest being against a heavily backed 8/11 shot.

Added to our 10/1 winner earlier in the month, it has contributed to our profits for the new season and year overall.

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Huntingdon braves the weather

With Sedgefield abandoned we are left with just the one turf meeting at Huntingdon today. The going is currently Good to Soft and the big factor will be the strong winds expected to sweep across the course. Riding expertise will play a large part.

There are already quite a few non-runners  and that may increase if there are difficulties reaching the course and conditions get worse.

Two races to focus on:


Very open race despite the three non-runners already declared.

Midnight Folie could be well handicapped and is worth keeping an eye on, but has to prove she handles ground and stays trip.

Water Wagtail is more exposed, but handles conditions and is expected to run well.

I price the market leaders as follows:

 Water Wagtail  4/1

Northandsouth  5/1

Wait a Second  11/2

Midnight Folie 11/2

The Jugopolist   8/1

14/1 bar


Huntingdon races2.50 Hunt

Difficult race to be confident about with ex French trained Divin Bere having first start for Nicky Henderson.

Master Blueyes was noted on latest start and is not one I would oppose.

I go 5/4 the pair.


Prospects for tomorrow look a lot brighter when we have three jumps meetings to go at.

Reference Day

Scrappy looking afternoon of racing with little of discernible value to go at.

Difficult to accurately price up the key races at Doncaster. More a card for future reference.

At Huntingdon there are two races of interest. The 2.40 doesn’t look as clear cut as the betting suggests and there are plenty here with chances.

The 3.15 is a real conundrum. None of the five come into this inspiring confidence. At The Top makes her chasing debut after not really doing a lot over hurdles. However, she has the make of a chaser. Wouldn’t want to take anything under 13/8.

Djakadam impressed on latest outing when winning the John Durkan Memorial
Djakadam impressed on latest outing when winning the John Durkan Memorial

Tomorrow is an entirely different matter with last year’s Gold Cup runner-up Djakadam being Willie Mullins’ only runner at Cheltenham. Paul Townend is dispatched to Doncaster to ride his three runners there.

Back tomorrow morning with a full preview.

Compelling Contest

Very little of appeal so far this week from the three cards that survived the weather.

Just Huntingdon for us today. The biggest prize of the day is for the Juvenile Hurdle at 2.50. The market for this Class 2 event being dominated by the long odds-on Sceau Royal, who won his Triumph Hurdle trial quite decisively at Cheltenham last month.

The 3.20 looks interesting with current favourite Three Faces West making his chase debut. Whilst second in, Ubak, has a second run over the bigger obstacles after a good debut in November.

Ubak landing a surprise victory at Aintree.
Ubak landing a surprise victory at Aintree.

Following his surprise win at Aintree Gary Moore described him as ‘a three-mile chase in the making.’

My tissue prices for the race are:

9/4 Three Faces West

4/1 Ubak

9/2 L’Unique

9/2 Buckhorn Timothy

6/1 Ballyboley

As you can see, it is a tight little handicap that should prove an compelling contest.

Just the two turf meetings for us tomorrow, with Channel 4 showing three races from both Warwick and Wetherby, plus one from the All Weather at Chelmsford.

The ground for both meetings of interest is currently reported as heavy.

Will be putting plenty of work in and back tomorrow morning with a preview.