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
The least said about yesterday’s punting the better. At least I saw the might Bantams win 4-0 to soften the blow.
Ballyandy and North Hill Harvey run for my 50 to follow plus no less than 4 trained by Gordon Elliot at Navan!
13.20 Le Prezian
1.55 Fox Norton NAP
2.30 North Hill Harvey e/w
3.05 Zara’s Hope e/w
3.40 Poetic Rhythm e/w
Cue Card after winning the Charlie Hall in 2015
It’s Charlie Hall day where the outcome of the feature event hinges on Cue Card being as good as he was last year. All the vibes from connections are that he is and if so he should see off some ole rivals and young pretenders.
The bet365 hurdle is by contrast wide open with at least 6 of the 7 runners not easy to dismiss. Ballyoptic is still progressive however and may well justify favouritism and cement his World Hurdle credentials.
Holly Bush Henry is a strong fancy to make a winning chase debut in the opener.
1.35 Holly Bush Henry
2.00 Card Game
2.45 Ballyoptic, Native River e/w
3.20 Cue Card, Wakanda e/w
3.55 Zipple Back e/w, Alexander the Grey e/w
4.30 Royal Vacation
5.05 Blue Rambler e/w, Apple of Our Eye e/w
2.25 Noche De Reyes
3.00 Diego Du Charmil
3.35 Voix D’Eau
4.10 Quieto Sol
4.45 First Drift
5.20 Coup De Pinceau
2.05 Master Of Finance
4.20 Presenting Junior
4.55 Work In Progress
Thomas Campbell and a couple of places horses in the 5.05 were all I had to show for my efforts on day 1 of the Cheltenham meeting. Aristo Du Plessis and Cottersrock were particularly disappointing on the quick ground.
Tagliatelle 4.05 returns to hurdling after losing confidence over fences and along with Shantou Village 4.40 runs for my 50 to follow today.
1.50 Keltus and Henryville e/w
3.00 Wolf of Windlesham e/w
3.30 Fox Norton and Boondooma e/w
4.05 Zarib and Pere The Pear e/w
4.40 Shantou Village
2.00 Brio Conti
2.35 Urban Hymn
3.10 Scotswell e/w
4.15 Big River
4.50 Runswick Days e/w
5.25 Present Trend
A late flurry of winners for the blog yesterday returned a small profit after a very slow start. Little Windmill jumped for fun to win at Stratford whilst Woodfort looks a decent recruit for Nigel Twiston Davies winning the bumper at Ffos Las. Ravenhill Road was by all accounts impressive in wining a bumper at Market Rasen.
One thing I did forecast correctly was that it would rain at Ffos Las during racing … But then it usually does.
Today at Kempton Mister Miyagi and Ravens Tower run for my 50 to follow.
2.00 Cliffs of Dover
2.30 Ravens Tower e/w
3.05 Taper Tantrum
3.35 Strumble Head
4.10 Mister Miyagi e/w
4.45 After Hours
5.15 Lough Derg Leader
Great day for the blog yesterday with 5 winners at Chepstow (including all 3 of my 50 to follow horses ) and 3 at Hexham.
Sad to hear Henry Brooke had to be airlifted from Hexham and the jumping community wish him a full and speedyv recovery. Once again this highlights just how brave jump jockeys are and how they deserve our respect at all times.
I’m hoping Voix D’eau and Potters Corner will make if 5/5 for the fifty to follow at Chepstow this afternoon.
2.15 Cliffs of Dover NR
2.50 Potters Corner
4.00 Voix D’Eau e/w Junction Fourteen e/w
4.30 Two Taffs e/w NR Bagdad Bihoe e/w
5.00 Dineur e/w, Court By Surprise e/w
5.30 Waterloo Warrior
6.00 Going For Gold
Virgilio was the star at Newton Abbot yesterday putting in a slick jumping display that suggests he could go far as a chaser.
Today is the traditional first day of the jump season proper and Chepstow doesn’t disappoint whilst there is an interesting card at Hexham.
Ballyoptic, Rock The Kasbah and Colin’s Sister represent my 50 to follow but none are shoe ins on their seasonal debuts.
2.40 Ivor’s Queen, Colin’s Sister
3.15 Flying Angel, Rock The Kasbah
3.50 Diego Du Charmil
4.25 Who Dares Wins e/w , Ballyoptic e/w
5.00 Potters Cross e/w , Audacious Plan e/w
5.35 Caspian Prince e/w , Golden Milan e/w
1.50 Boy In Bentley
2.25 Twenty Eight Guns
3.00 Wildhearted Woman
4.05 Civil Unrest
4.35 Beneficial Joe
5.10 Mr Monochrome
Yorkidding, Nakeeta both e/w