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Sandown and Aintree 03/12/16


2.25 Wishfull Dreaming e/w

3.00 Ar Mad

3.30 Five In A Row, Conas Taoi e/w


12.30 Formideableopponent

1.35 Viconte D Noyer, The Young Master  e/w

2.10 Great Fighter

3.15 As De Mee, Astracad e/w


2.45 Awaywiththegreys e/w

3.20 Kingswell Theatre e/w


12.10 Quietly e/w

12.40 Cole Harden

1.10 Native Optimist e/w

1.45 I Just Know

2.20 Hartside e/w


Carole’s Destrier and Le Reve are my finale hopes

The 2015/16 jump season ends today with the traditional Bet365 handicap chase (Whitbread to those of a certain age) at Sandown where Nichols and Mullins will do battle for the trainers championship.

At this stage of the season I tend to stick with horses I have an affinity with and both Carole’s Destrier¬†(above) and Le Reve fall into that category and are my main each way hopes in the big race. Henry Parry Morgan should go well as might Oscar Rock if he stays this trip.

Mad Jack Mytton should go very close in the last as might Dell Arca if returning to his best.

Sirop and Spice would be nice

In racing parlance today from a punting point of view is about having one final gallop to check all is well without taking the edge off for the main event next week.

50 to follow horse Rayvin Black as it all to do under top weight in the Imperial Cup but will give his all as always. However Sirop De Menthe and Spice Fair are my each way picks.

A similar themed pairing may reward each way punters in the 2.00 at Sandown with Potters Legend and Potters Corner the selections.

Straidnahanna can continue the Sue Smith and Danny Cook success story in the opener at Ayr

At Chepstow it may pay to wait for Albert D’Olivate in the last.

Todays selections :


Conditions right for Venetia to clean up

Its Saturday, it’s muddy and their are some decent handicap chases to be won. In short conditions are ripe for Venetia Williams to have a field day.

Relax , Arthur’s Oak and Vic De Touzaine are 3 that make most appeal for me but Aachen and Renard are two more of her formidable team that are worthy of support.

The Tolworth is hard to call and my 50 to follow horse Welsh Shadow could be the value.

Kayf Blanco and Rayvin Black have each way chances in the 3.35.

Lake View Lad can make amends for his fall last time in the first at Ayr as can Caledonia in the 2.40.

Carole’s Destrier should be worth the wait

Whilst all eyes will be on the Tingle Creek and the two chases over the National course it could pay to leave something aside for Carole’s Destrier in the finale at Sandown. Neil Mulhollands Grand National (50 to follow) hope has a touch of class and the stamina test over a right hand track looks perfect for him. Restless Harry should be spot on for his recent run and can chase him home.

The Henry V111 sees As Dr Mee and Bristol De Mai go head to head with Willows Saviour a danger too. Bristol Dr Mau is one of my 50 to follow but preference on this right hand track today is for As De Mee in a mouth watering contest.

The Tingle Creek has some well publicised absentees and can go to Vibrato Valtat who can be a tricky ride but is only 6 and still improving.

Vibrato Valtat before the Arkle Chase 2015 – photo JueBillRacing

At Aintree the testing conditions make another of my 50 to follow horses Goonyella a good each way prospect in the Becher Chase where the youngster Algernon Pazham can also be placed.

In the other race over the National fences he rejuvenated Double Ross looks a solid each way hope in the Grand Sefton though vulnerable to a well handicapped horse such as Mwaleshi.

Don Poli is my ante post interest in the Gold Cup after his festival victory in March. Today’s run in the Lotto chase is a stepping stone to that and is best watched in a race that includes National hero Many Clouds.
Many Clouds at Wetherby in October – photo JueBillRacing

The fare elsewhere is moderate but Kingswell Theatre is a decent sort if coping with Chepstows heavy ground.

At Wetherby Sue Smith can continue her good form with Vendor and Clan William the pick.

Today’s selections :

Le Reve to power up the hill

Although unproven over this trip I strongly fancy Le Reve to land the Bet365 (Whitbread to those of a certain age) for Lucy Wadham and the man of the moment Leighyon Aspell. He stayed on well behind Rocky Creek last time and will be fresher than most. Paint The Clouds is another with solid each way claims.

Elsewhere on the Sandown card –

2.00 Vosnee Romanee

2.35 Rebel Rebellion

4.25 Rayvin Black

5.00 Horizontal Speed

And of course it would be rude not to have a cheeky double on APs last two rides, Mr Mole and Box Office.  Win or lose he owes me nothing for it’s been a privilege to follow the sport with him as Champion jockey and such a great ambassador to boot.

Keeping my powder dry for Cheltenham 

Quiet afternoons punting ahead of Cheltenham. Strongly fancy Sue Smiths Mwaleshi in the 4.30 at Ayr.

That aside I’m going combo forecasts and tricasts for small stakes in the Imperial Cup on Heath Hunter, West Wizard and Zaidiyn.

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