National Hunt racing is looking a bit thin on the ground! Thurles Fri, Wetherby Fri, Wincanton Sat and Ffos Las Sunday all abandoned. They are doing everything possible to get the Welsh National on at Chepstow on Saturday. It now starts at 1.45pm and I’m hopeful that Shotgun Paddy (only 10/1 left on the High Street is at WH) will get a run. (Chepstow’s C4 races, Saturday 1.45 Welsh National (3m 5f) 2.20 Juvenile Hurdle (2m) 2.55 Novices’ Chase (2m 7f) 3.25 Handicap Chase (2m 3f))
Kempton should be OK for the Lanzarote but re-Bivouac it looks a case of if you didn’t get a price (10/1) earlier in the week the value has gone, currently 9/2 everywhere and maybe as few as nine runners. We’ll have another look tomorrow evening.
UN ACE Kempton 2.35 Saturday Interesting runner in the Lanzarote hurdle and at 16/1 (Coral) I have to recommend a one star* saver as his hurdle mark is five pounds lower than his chase mark and there could be as few as nine runners and I’d look a right plonker if he won at that price. Hopefully he’s hurdling to protect that super chase mark of OR149!?!
IFTIRAAQ Kempton 3.45 Saturday Ran Wednesday, so unlikely although Conor O’Farrell is jocked up.
TAPACULO Kempton 1.25 Saturday Going into #startracking on Friday morning. Rated OR130 in a 0-130 C3 three mile+ novice handicap hurdle with Richard Johnson on board. Tapaculo has won both his runs this season over 2m3f+ at Chepstow in novice hurdles, the second time defying a penalty. If he won this and went up 7lbs I could see him stepping back in trip for the Martin Pipe or going up in grade at Aintree in the graded Doom Bar Sefton 3m novice hurdle.
#startracking recent runners
FLETCHERS FLYER 3rd Evs Fav (Two star** loss) Odd? My notes said “Galloping up and down? Is he enjoying it? Novicey at a couple of fences, jumped a bus? Lack of concentration. Led, handed race with two non-runners and Value at Risk fell at second, joined, headed, really disappointing.” OK for a 5yo but he’s an 8yo! He has to come OFF the tracker.
IFTIRAAQ 4th 16/1 (@20/1 four star***** gain) Prominent throughout, wide, tanks along perhaps over-racing. Every chance three out, every chance two out, outpaced but kept on for fourth of sixteen. Better ground could see him back in the winner’s enclosure.
Twitter – If Mullins is genuinely interested in winning the Trainers title in Britain, he’ll likely try and win Grand National. Don Poli? Liam@RatingTheRaces @RTR_Liam · Thursday 4.30pm Now where did I read that before?
Twitter – Limini has been cut a lot today for Cheltenham, was around 7/1 the other day and is now 7/2 in places, must be close to running and working well. Antepost Racing @AntepostRacing · Thurs. 7th Jan.
Timeform – Jamie Lynch — 7th January 2016 “First there was Douvan, and then along came Min. In common, both were recruited from France for the Mullins-Ricci axis; both see hype as a bequest and not a burden, one following the other’s productive path to pre-eminence; and both are by Walk In The Park. The cat wasn’t so much out of the bag as already at home lapping up the spilled beans when Min made his Irish debut at Punchestown, impressive in every department, including on the clock. And on Saturday, back there for the Grade 2 Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle, which Douvan won last year, there’s a better chance to compare and contrast the pair, involving a lot more comparing than contrasting, one suspects. The parallel facts so far are that Min looks the part, like Douvan; that Min has a high cruising speed, like Douvan; that Min makes Ruby smile, like Douvan; and that Min wins the Supreme, like Douvan. And the most significant of all the common denominators is the uncommon Douvan-Min-maker Walk In The Park.”
One win in a Maiden Hurdle and top price for the Supreme 5/2 on the High Street!!