12.05 Defi Du Seuil
12.40 Different Gravey 50TF
1.15 Vaniteux, Sizing Platinum e/w
1.50 Aloomomo 50 TF, Bouvreuil, Sizing Codelco e/w
3.00 Mister Miyagi 50 TF
3.35 Card Game, Jessbers Dream e/w
11.50 Always On The Run, Katachenko 50TF
12.55 Blakemount, Knock House e/w
1.30 Aristo Du Plessis, All Set To Go e/w
2.40 OO Seven 50 TF, Potters Legend 50TF
Yorkshire trained You’re Fired is my main hope in the Lincoln at Doncaster to get my flat season off to the best possible start as did Gabrial in this event 12 months ago.
Birdman is my saver albeit he appears to be David O’Mearas second string.
Over the jumps Morning Reggie, Duke Street and Benvolio are my picks at Newbury. Dormello Mo looks to have a decent chance in the Kelso novice chase and Zephyros Bleu is my nap at Uttoxeter, where Sue Smith could have a double with Special Wells and Good Vibrations
Charlie Longsden’s Drop Out Joe second last year in the Grimthorpe can go one better tomorrow at Doncaster. Winner at Chepstow and The Badgers Ales at Wincanton is a bold jumper and still improving.
Lake View Lad can take the Premier hurdle at Kelso in what is as good a novice hurdle as will be seen outside of the festival’s. After initial jumping mishaps he has looked mighty impressive not least last time at Wetherby.
Same Difference should be better for his pipe opener and can win tbd Veterans Chase at Newbury from Peat The Feat.
The Sue Smith trained Wakanda is a firm favourite of mine. Not only has he earned me a few bob but he’s also captured my heart with his guts and tenacity. He will need all of that and more at Cheltenham tomorrow against the like’s of Djakadam. But with Saturday big race winner Danny Cook looking to maintain his 100% record on him he must be worth an each way punt at 14/1 (Hills)
Champagne West chased home smart stzblemate Village Vic last time and should go one better in the 2.25.
Viva Steve ran a cracker at Kempton last time and will go close in the 1.15 if handling a left hand track.
Shantou Village is smart and will take a huge step towards Festival glory if winning the 3.00.
At Doncaster Le Reve is worth perservering with in the Sky Bet chase at 3.15 if he can cope going clockwise . Court By Surprise is worth an each way interest too.
Fox Norton is well regarded and may be up to winning the £35k novice chase at 1.00.
Footnote : You can follow Wakanda on Twitter on @WakandaHorse
Value At Risk got no further than the second fence yesterday. Hopefully Wait For Me will have better luck for my 50 to follow.
3 decent cards this Friday. Here are 5 selections of which Voix D’Eau is the NAP –
With pretty tame fare at Stratford and Uttoxeter although there are some interesting bumper runners I turn somewhat reluctantly to the flat tomorrow and the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster.
Gabrial for Richard Fahey is a horse I have had some success with and he is sure to be fit to run his race.
Robert The Painter was one of my selections last year and finished third. He has shown little at Meydan but his worth an each way interest at 33/1.
Whilst at Meydan the improving Dark Emerald is worth a small punt to pull off a famous win for Brendan Powell
Other picks at Doncaster are –
2.00 Baltic Knight
2.35 Dinkum Diamond
4.50 Chilly Miss