Couple of cracking NH cards today at Sandown and Exeter. Nothing off the tracker but plenty of interest.
Past followers of 49SimpleSimonSays… will be familiar with Sandown 1.30 Festive Affair (frustrating, we just want to see him over further!) and Exeter 1.40 Woodford County (six miles would be ideal but a friend of the blog as we collected e/w last season at big prices. Gethings (7) gets on well with him). Indeed the trainer of the latter, Philip Hobbs, could have a good day with WC, Al Alfa, Vieux Lille and Golden Doyen at Exeter but the one I will be watching closest is Bilbrook Blaze with Tom O’Brien on board in the 2.05 at Sandown. BB had a wind operation during the summer, ran well first time out behind Masterplan over hurdles at Ascot and makes his chasing debut off his hurdle mark of just 115.
As for a bet I think Proofreader will be hard to beat in the last at Sandown.
Few bits off twitter
Going update @AintreeRaces MM & H: Soft, National: Soft. GS: MM: 5.2, H: 4.4, National: 4.4 on Thursday at 14:00
Great to see Don Poli out tomorrow too, though can’t imagine a flat sharp track like Aintree really suiting him. Michael Looby @michaellooby2 · 10.30am
Sunday 2015 John Durkan: Clarcam, Djakadam, Flemenstar, Foxrock, Gilgamboa, Hidden Cyclone & Valseur Lido. It’s going to be a cracker! Punchestown @punchestownrace
Last year’s winner Wishfull Thinking, Al Ferof, Ptit Zig, Camping Ground & Pepite Rose declared for the Peterborough Chase @Huntingdon_Race PA Stables @PA_Stables · 10.30am
Corks’s meeting on Sunday, due to feature the Hilly Way Chase, was cancelled before declaration time on Friday morning after the course was found to be flooded. Conditions are set to be very testing further north at Punchestown, but racing manager Richie Galway is confident the weather poses no threat to racing . He said: “The ground is heavy, but we’re perfectly raceable. We’ll monitor things for the next 24 hours or so, but we should be fine.