12.20 La Bague Au Roi
1.30 Mystifiable e/w, Warriors Tale e/w
2.05 Onefitzall e/w
2.40 Holly Bush Henry e/w
3.10 Native River, Vicente e/w
3.45 Ravens Tower e/w
1.10 Just Georgie e/w
2.55 Apples Jade
3.30 Wakanda e/w
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 ultra competitive Betfair hurdle can go to the well regarded Dan Skelton 5 year old Zarib under Bridget Andrews who takes off what could prove a crucial 5lbs.
Forest Bihan (Danny Cook) and Agrapart (Lizzie Kelly) are others I will be having an each way interest in.
Houblon Des Obeaux will never have a better chance of a second grade 2 in what looks a sub standard Denman chase.
Zeroshadesofgrey (below) has been targeted at the 1.50 and can see off the well fancied Sykes.
At Warwick I like the look of FatCatInTheHat under Nicole De Boinville who 12 months ago rode Coneygree to victory in the Denman.
Despite the absence of Coneygree it looks a decent if not classic renewal of the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury this afternoon.
Saphir Du Reu is a worthy favourite who would be a serious Cheltenham Gold Cup contender if winning this under 11st 12.
Smad Place has threatened to win this before and can’t be easily discounted. Bobs Worth won a strangely run hurdle race at Aintree and this previous winner is thrown in if back to his best.
Neil Mulholland is the new kid on the block compared with the trainers of the above but has a great chance of glory with The Young Master and The Druids Nephew.
The Druids Nephew – photo- JuebillRacing
The latter might well have won the Grand National but for a soft fall 5 out having previously won impressively at the Festival. The Young Master improved throughout last season and will be straighter for his second to today’s favourite at Carlisle. I will be backing both each way with slight preference for The Young Master.
Aloomomo can take the 1.15 as he seems to be on a steep upward curve and the longer trip should hold no fears.
Cole Harden is a favourite of my with his gutsy come and catch me style and is not one I would want to oppose despite this being his seasonal debut.
Sir Ivan can continue the good form of the Fry/Fehily combo in the 1.50.
Readers of this blog will know I’m a big fan of Sue Smith’s Wakanda and this improving and genuine type looks the answer to the Rehearsal. Chase at Newcastle.
The Fighting Fifth has got rather squeezed out in the hurdling calendar and I advise only a watching brief.
Slightly disappointing on his hurdling debut Another Bill can win the 1.00 at Newcastle over this longer trip though both Ballydine and Calvigny look dangerous.
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 –
5 jumps meetings tomorrow but more quantity than quality. My initial picks are
2.15 Cloudy Too
2.00 Grey Gold
2.35 Hannah’s Princess
3.10 No Duffer
Bit of a pre Cheltenham feel to the racing tomorrow though interesting fare at Kelso.
13.45 Fairy Rath
14.50 Baby King
15.25 Royal Regatta e/w
16.35 Knight of Pleasure
14.35 A Doll In Milan NAP
15.45 Drop Out Joe e/w
Night In Milan e/w
16.50 The Last Chevalier
15.00 Bristol De Mai NB
16.10 Upsilon Bleu
17.20 Major Malarkey