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Cheltenham 2022 Ante Post

Updated: Jan 28

For ease of reading, each weekly selection will now be at the top and I have reordered the previous week's selections so that the format is the same.

It’s never too early to be looking for value at the festival next year. I’ll be updating this throughout the year as horses catch my eye. I've decided to post around one of these a week, maybe less so over the summer with less National Hunt racing on. I'm hoping we can build up a decent portfolio heading into the festival next year and end up with some good looking prices! If you get a weekly free bet from your bookie it may be prudent to use these on each selection then if we end up with any non-runners it's not real money you're losing. You often get the odd £1 and £2 free bet from Bookies throughout the year and I will be putting a few multiples on my selections.

24/01- As well as taking in an untypically brilliant weekends racing for the middle of January,

I also did a bit of research. A horse that won very well on hurdles debut for Gordon Elliott, Ebasari. That day he beat the 1/4 Adamantly Chosen, winner of the valuable Goff's Land Rover Bumper back in April. That bumper form worked out brilliantly with the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th all winning since. Adamantly Chosen also had the benefit of age, with Ebasari only being 4, and experience having already run once over hurdles, finishing a half length second to two time graded placed Gringo D'aubrelle. For a first run it was mightily impressive, he was positioned just behind the leaders and made his challenge around the bend, despite the winning margin only being three quarters of a length, he was good value for that and won well. The fact they pulled some 27 lengths clear of the third shows it was good form.

Ebasari is 33/1 best price for the boodles and you might be wondering how he is such a huge price. That is down to him reappearing with a dreadful run this weekend. It seems to have been expected though as he went from 2/1 favourite out to as big as 5/1 by the off. With a little research you can see it is not the first time Gordon has sent an "underperforming" horse to this race en route to the boodles. Last year Gordon sent Riviere D'etel who was third in this race before going off short priced in the Boodles. If you watch that back she was travelling like a dream and never asked for a major effort, and had drifted on the day from odds on to odds against. The year before he did the same with Tronador who was 5/2 and went off 11/4, not a massive drift but Flouer, a five year old, also for Gordon was backed from 12s all the way into 4s and won easily, Tronador on the other hand stayed on into third but never nearer, he went off single figures for Boodles too. He had no 4 year old runner in 2019, but won it with Galvin. In 2018 Veneer of Charm also ran in this race finishing last before winning Boodles at 33s. For that run he was held up and weakened out of it, that came after two runs where he looked good. With Au Fleuron also for Gordon this weekend being the older horse that seems to have tried finishing 2nd, and Ebasari being held up and wide rather than tracking the leaders; it may be him re-walking the trodden path. At 33/1 I'm willing to take a chance and hope this is the plan.

17/01- After a brilliant weekend's racing where we've seen the Supreme market explode again and even more questions raised for the Ballymore. I've got two selections in even harder races to decipher, both in handicaps and both 33/1.

My first fancy comes in the Ultima. The race that interestingly hasn’t been won by an Irish trained horse since 2006, and it looks set to be the same this year with a lot of the horses at the top of the market English trained, barring School Boy Hours. I think he would have a good chance personally, but according to trainer Noel Meade, he is being saved for a tilt at either the Grand National or Irish equivalent.

The selection I’ve gone for is one I actually backed for this race last year, but was a non runner: Full Back for the Moore's. A two time winner as a novice last year as well as a neck second on final start where he looked the likeliest winner. He started off last year with a kind of flat 3rd of 5 in a novice chase and came on massively for that run. This year was similar, in that his first run was a midfield 7th of 13 in a decent handicap at Chepstow, the second that day was grade two placed the next day. With the winner, Chirico Vallis, placing this weekend in the Classic Chase at Warwick. He then ran in the ultra competitive Ladbrokes trophy where he was a decent 8th, finishing behind some very good horses. He was dropped in the weights slightly for that and capitalised on New Year’s Day at Cheltenham in a 3 miles 2 furlongs handicap. He’s now ticked the course form box, which for me is important in these sorts of races and his earlier season experience in big field handicaps will have done him the world of good. He was put up only 4lbs for that run which leaves him on a mark of 139, the average rating for the winners of the last 12 renewals is 142. I think the 4lb rise is more than fair, considering a faller left him in front miles from home and he had to then make all which wouldn’t have suited. I’d like him to have one more run before a shot at this preferably as he tends to go better with runs under his belt as opposed to fresh. There's always a danger that they might miss Cheltenham again or opt for the Kim Muir, but I'd suspect they'll go for the Ultima so Josh or Jamie can ride. 33/1 on William Hill is the standout price but with only 4 places, elsewhere you can get 25/1 with 5 places which I’d tend to go for personally.

My second selection is a relatively strong fancy for the Grand Annual; a horse that I actually backed for the Paddy Power New Year's Day Chase at 50/1 finishing a good 4th, Magic Saint. At one point rounding the bend I started to get excited as he was travelling powerfully and looking the likely winner, but ended up weakening out of it. As well as visually then, if you look at his previous form, a strong pace over 2 miles does seem to suit him more than the 2 and a half mile trip. It's also worth noting that he was once rated as highly as 159 but after a few lesser runs he seemed in much better form on New Year's Day. That was off a mark of 149 and he's been dropped a further 2lbs for that. That leaves him on a mark of 147, his lowest since winning a good handicap over the Grand Annual distance back in November 2019. There has been flashes of form since including a very good win giving 2lbs to the now 159 rated Fanion D'estruval, over 2 miles on the new course at Cheltenham. The race on New Year's Day was on the same Old Course as the Grand Annual and he ran very well there, so that is of no concern. For this race Nicholls was using Tom Buckley with a 5lb claim, whereas first choice jockey, Harry Cobden, rode the second placed horse, Simply The Betts. Off a lower weight with Cobden back on board, I think he has an excellent chance.

The stats for the Grand Annual speak positively for Magic Saint too, he's now 8 which puts him bang there with the average age of a winner being between 7-9. He went off favourite for the race as a 5 year old, but has much more experience now and is on a lower mark, too. Nicholls is actually the leading trainer in the race, having won 20% of the last 20 renewals, with a further 8 places. The average rating of the winning horse over the past 11 renewals is 144 so with potentially a claimer on board he would be spot on. Interestingly if you reduce the sample size to the last 5 years the average rating is exactly 147, the 7 years proceeding that have an average of just 140, so it seems to be that it takes a better horse to win it in recent years. Obviously course form is as important as ever and he has now run well on both the old and new courses.

The best price currently on offer is 25/1 with 5 places, and this will be a 1pt each way bet.

10/01- For this week I’ve got my final selection for the Ryanair. This will be my fourth bet in the race across the year and to be honest I’m happy with all of them. Allaho at 4/1 if anywhere near as good as last year is a cracking price; Fusil Raffles at 40/1 I think has an each way shout and has been running well; and finally Fakir Doudaries at 12/1 has shortened slightly into 10/1, he has shown that he doesn’t stay 3 miles and definitely not 3 miles 2 furlongs for the Gold Cup, so will likely run here. He also finished fourth in the John Durkan, which we will get back on to.

My final Ryanair selection will be another each way play in the race, Melon, who is generally 25/1 but the standout price of 50/1 with Skybet really caught my eye. The John Durkan that Allaho won, was not a demolition like last years Ryanair and Asterion Forlonge was arguably going better before he came down as usual. That gives cause for optimism that Allaho may be beatable, and that there are chinks in his armour. In second was Janidil and back in third was our selection, Melon. If you watch the race back at 3 out Melon was badly hindered by Asterion Forlonge falling and lost all momentum, having to go right to avoid the horse, and then try and avoid the jockey too. If you then watch the final fence to the finish the two horses in front are tiring and the one’s staying on best are Melon and Tornado Flyer. That form has already worked out brilliantly: the aforementioned Tornado Flyer bolted up in the King George no less; Envoi Allen, though a weak one, won a grade one over Christmas. Kemboy was a Gallant third in the Savills chase just behind A Plus Tard and Galvin. Melon actually finished back in fourth that day, ahead of Janidil, but for me his best form is over the slightly shorter Ryanair trip and the three miles doesn’t quite suit him. But the fact he can mix it at that sort of level over further is useful for the extra stamina test that Cheltenham provides.

He’s been second no less than 4 times at the Cheltenham festival: twice in the Champion Hurdle, once in the Supreme and once in the Marsh. It’s worth ignoring his run being pulled up in the Ryanair at Cheltenham last year as he’s already shown that he can get much closer to Allaho and something was clearly amiss towards the end of last year; finishing last in the Irish Gold Cup and subsequently pulled up the next twice. He’s in much better form this year and seems to be back to his best. As a 10 year old he may not have the legs he once did, but is generally reliable. I couldn’t really see him running in the Gold Cup especially as connections have Al Boum Photo, so at 50/1 it is an insult to the horse and there are worse bets for the consistent bridesmaid to plug on into a place again.

03/01- So it seems like some of the bookies are pricing up the handicap races now we’ve entered the new year, and it may be early but this will be my first selection for a handicap race. I’ve been swayed by the fact that Paddy Power and Betfair are already offering 5 places. The horse I’ll be backing is Pied Piper for the Boodles at 16/1. Unibet were the first to price up the Boodles and had actually installed him as 8/1 favourite!

He was an excellent winner at the weekend, beating a highly regarded Mullins/Ricci Horse in Vauban, with the two pulling miles clear of the rest. Bred by the Queen he was purchased by Caldwell Construction back in October out of the Gosden Yard, after winning twice on the flat and earning a rating of 96. Taking the general add 40 to get a jumps rating, so 136, puts him in the right sort of place for this race with the eleven of the last twelve winners rated between 125 and 139.

Mullins was highly talking up Vauban before the race, and there was not only a lot of money for him to win that race (evens into 4/9) he was also backed into as short as 10/1 for the triumph before the race. A lot were saying Vauban was the one to take from the race as he was closing but a costly mistake at the last halted his momentum. That may be so, but Vauban is more of a triumph prospect. You might think having beaten him that Pied Piper too would be likely for that race too, so why the triumph?

Firstly, connections also own massive favourite Fil Dor who would surely be there main triumph horse. Caldwell Construction have massively stepped up their involvement in the sport and also own supreme hopeful Mighty Potter, Grand Paradis and a few other decent horses. They seem desperate for a winner and have a strong hand going into Cheltenham, it makes sense that they would keep their team apart to have the best chance of a winner. Not only that but Gordon loves using this race for his Boodles horse, he typically saves a high class horse for it.

Last year it was won by Rivière Detel who went off 7/1 for the boodles finishing 7th. She has since looked brilliant in the novice chasing ranks, only beaten by Arkle favourite, Ferny Hollow. He sent the winner two years ago as well, Gealach, who went on to finish 8th at 33/1 in the boodles. The year before he had the half length second in Surin who went on to place in the grade one juvenile at the Dublin racing festival, behind Sir Erec. On that occasion he skipped Cheltenham but picked up a 4 year old grade three later that year. In 2017 Veneer of charm won this race on his hurdling debut and then went on to win the boodles at 33/1. 2016 saw Dakota Moriette win and he finished 7th in the Boodles.

Trainers are creatures of habit, and you’d like to think that Pied Piper is fairly decent based on his sales price and previous connections. But the fact Gordon has won this race with him is a huge plus for me and a pointer to his likely target. At 16/1 I’ll take the risk of him possibly going elsewhere and with 5 places we can be pretty hopeful he will be there abouts on the day.

27/12- Not had a huge amount of time for anything too in depth this week, but I’ve got a couple of selections here, the first will be before he runs today in the hopes of securing the best possible price; Largy Debut for the Supreme at 14/1.

Impressive winner first time out over hurdles, he beat Kilcruit fair and square by 10 lengths. What makes it even more impressive is that Mullins had no excuses post race, and the fact that he in turn pulled 24 lengths clear of anything else, suggesting perhaps that he is top notch. Despite Kilcruit being 1/14 odds, there was no shock at the De Bromhead yard. There was whispers of his ability beforehand, and on a yard tour reportedly some even gave him as their best chance of a winner that weekend despite facing the top class Kilcruit. He runs today against decent yardsticks, I love Mighty Potter and we’ve backed Grangee already for the mares novice. If Largy wins today he plants his firmly in the picture for the supreme.

The second selection is an any race pick, currently only on William Hill, Colonel Mustard at 14/1. Still a novice this year, he was third in a grade two and second in a grade one hurdle, both won by Echoes in Rain last season. He won his maiden on seasonal reappearance before running a 2 length second to Jonbon, beating the high class Knappers Hill, Elle Est Belle and I Like To Move It. He was crazily dropped in the weights after that run, to a rating of just 140. I like the any race market for him as he could be very good and ahead of that mark for one of the handicaps here. 14/1 is generous and would surely be shorter odds if trained by one of the bigger connections.

20/12- I’m finally going to put one up for the bumper this week. After his demolition on Saturday, American Mike is currently priced at 11/4 which is a bit too short for me, I was lucky enough to get on at bigger prices but won’t be recommended at the current price. Having missed the boat somewhat on American Mike who does look the best that we’ve seen so far, I’ll be backing an each-way alternative at a decent price, his stablemate, Itswhatunitesus.

Only running once so far we saw Itswhatunitesus go off favourite and win cosily despite never being asked for much of an effort. Looking at previous winners of the same bumper you have Kilcruit last year as well as it being clear that it’s a race Gordon usually saves a good one for. Wide Receiver won it the year before for him and then was pitched into grade two company. The year before that he sent The Very Man who eventually picked up a listed hurdle and before that Defi Bleu won it and his next start was a grade two novice hurdle. The fact Gordon sent Itswhatunitesus here is a big tick in my book.

Interestingly, he not only won the same race he also beat the same horse that Kilcruit did a year prior, Killer Mode. Kilcruit beat him in a similar fashion winning by around 9 lengths, with Itswhatunitesus winning by just over 6 lengths. I was tempted to put this selection up last week, but Killer Mode was entered on Thursday and I was waiting to see how he ran. I was very happy to see he won, beating a well fancied Mullins debutant and Nonbinding for the same connections as Itswhatunitesus. It’s worth noting that Nonbinding was clearly held in high regard, as he went off favourite for the competitive Goffs Land Rover bumper at the back end of last season.

Whilst neither Kilcruit or Itswhatunitesus were asked for maximum efforts; the time was still good for Itswhatunitesus, winning in a quicker time than Kilcruit, albeit on better ground. Perhaps it’s more fair to compare it to the Grade Three chase on the same card this year, won by Riviere D’etel. Admittedly that race was over a furlong further and obviously they had to jump fences too, but considering Itswhatunitesus was carrying over a stone more he completed his race 20 seconds quicker whilst not being ridden.

The owners have been around for a few years now and seem to have a stronger hand then ever, they’re also the owners of Royal Bond runner up My Mate Mozzie, Letsbeclearaboutit and the unbeaten Vina Ardanza who is also highly thought of; as well as the aforementioned Nonbinding.

After Killer Mode won I was expecting the price to be cut on Itswhatunitesus, but you can still get 20/1 which is very fair. I do like American Mike and wouldn’t put you off but I think this a good alternative to play each way or as a cover bet.

13/12- This week is a bit of an out there selection, I’ve gone for one at 100/1 in the National Hunt Chase. A race that often cuts up and sees some of the more prominent horses in the betting not turn up, last year being the exception as it now looks to have been a very strong renewal. I also backed the horse at last years festival for the Bartlett and he finished a disappointing 13th, Pats Fancy for Rebecca Curtis is who I’m going for.

The winner of a three mile handicap chase last week on second start over the bigger obstacles, it’s fair to say he was highly tried last year, kept mainly in better company after a good second in a grade two over three miles. He jumps well enough and is clearly well thought of by the yard. If you visually watch his last race, you’d probably come to the conclusion that he just held on and wouldn’t need much further than that, but I actually think he’s just a bit slow and would have kept on at the same pace for the extra 6 furlongs. Connections aren’t afraid to enter him in the big races and I think we’ll see him at the festival in one race or another, whether it be here or one of the staying handicap chases. I think 100/1 is a fair enough price, but not one to go crazy on. EDIT- I have been given a price of 25/1 for any race so I'll add that as half a point each way.

06/12- This week I’ve got two for you, but again one of them is only available with one bookie, so I’m giving the second one as an extra.

The first one is only available with Hills as nobody else has priced the race up yet; Vaucelet for the Foxhunters chase. He really caught my eye when winning well last month, beating Snugsborough Benny and Mighty Stowaway under a mostly hands and heels ride. Mighty Stowaway was 6th in the Foxhunters last year staying on from the back, and has since franked the form with Vaucelet with a 1st and 2nd in P2Ps after.

Looking back at Vaucelet’s form, he started off in a couple of maiden hurdles, he was a never nearer 5th on debut, behind Tiger Tap Tap and Ashdale Bob who are both decent enough horses. That was over two and a half miles which would have been on the sharp side, and when stepped up to 2 miles 7 on second start over hurdles, he finished fourth, reversing form with Ashdale Bob who was behind in fifth. Ashdale Bob went on to win two grade two novice hurdles last year, as well as finishing a very good second to Gaillard Du Mesnil in the grade one at the Punchestown festival. He also was running a cracker and looked set to place behind Bob Olinger on chase debut, before falling

Whilst Ashdale Bob was being a high class hurdles novice, Vaucelet was given a break before coming back in a P2P where he finished a head second but was arguably unlucky in running. He then easily won a hunters chase, before on only his 3rd start over fences he won the champion novices hunters chase at Stratford. The trip for this race is very similar to the Foxhunters at Cheltenham and I think the slightly over 3 miles suits him really well. A P2P and the win against Mighty Stowaway came next, and visually he just seems to take each step easily. The main danger looks to be Billaway; but he is improving and Billaway showed he was beatable last year, so at 14/1 I’ll take the chance over 6/1 about Billaway.

My second pick for this week is going to be Balko Des Flos in the Cross Country, as my previous selection for this race, Galvin, has turned out to be even better than I thought and seems to be more of a Gold Cup contender.

Balko Des Flos actually unseated in the race last year but was actually running well and seemed to jump these unique fences generally well. He showed no ill effects from the fall and finished a brilliant staying on second in the Grand National on his next start, showing his aptitude for Marathon trips. His reappearance this year was a handicap hurdle over a shorter trip, most likely for fitness. He then ran over the cross country course at Cheltenham again, this time staying on his feet. He could only manage fifth, but it was a brilliant performance as that race is a handicap, and was carrying around two stone more than the four who finished in front of him. Back off level weights he would have to have an excellent chance in this. The main dangers for me would be Tiger Roll and Ajas, the French horse if he comes over this year. He’s best price 10/1 which I think is very fair.

29/11- I’ve been a bit ill this weekend so had lots of time for watching the quality racing we had this weekend as well as watching back some of the more important races of the last couple of weeks.

Firstly I’m going to put up a double that is the least imaginative possible, but you can get 5.5/1 with Sky for it and it’s at least 4/1 everywhere else. Maybe that’s too short at this stage but, from what we’ve seen so far, I don’t see how it loses. Honeysuckle absolutely battered that field yesterday and put to bed any questions over her well-being or signs of slowing down. You can still get evens for her in places, and I know that’s short but at this stage she has nothing to worry about and will be massively odds on come March. Epatante didn’t look her best this weekend; Monmiral disappointed and wouldn’t be my idea of a champion hurdle horse regardless, Sceau Royal confirmed again that he’s not quite a grade one horse, and Not So Sleepy ran the race of his life on Saturday but that still wouldn’t get anywhere near Honeysuckle.

The second part of the double is going to be Bob Olinger for the Marsh, again not exactly my usual style of betting; but having watched back his chase debut I think there was a slight over reaction regarding his jumping. Yes he made a few errors but he was certainly not terrible and it wasn’t a bad debut. It was his first start over them and you’d think he will improve for that immensely, he generally prefers going left handed too. I think a lot of the negative talk of Bob’s jumping comes from the fact we saw fellow novice Bravemansgame’s picture perfect jumping on the same day that we have something to compare it to. In fact you could compare a lot of seasoned chasers to BMG and come to the same conclusion, this is unfair on Bob as BMG is a freak in the jumping department. We already know Bob has more speed and a far superior engine, is BMG’s jumping enough to level the field? Maybe, but I don’t think we’ll see them clash at Cheltenham anyway with BMG more likely to be stepped up in trip. Bob will naturally improve for that outing and I think come Cheltenham will be odds on for the Marsh. Again 5.5/1 is available for that double, which I’ll be snapping up now with 2pts win.

The first single that I’ve decided to play also made his chase debut in the race that Bob won. Finishing fourth that day was Coqolino in the JP McManus silks, a decent enough hurdler he was placed a couple of times before finally winning back in March. He started out winning his P2P in easy fashion, before one bumper run where he was a 10 length second to Bob Olinger funnily enough. He always looked more of a chaser to my eye and his jumping was pretty good for a debut run. If you watch the race back you’ll see Mark Walsh gave him a very patient ride, he was kept just behind the leaders, out of the way of all the no hopers in behind. He hugged the inside rail where he could get the most cover, and when the front three started to kick clear, Walsh was still sitting motionless. He stayed on without troubling the leaders but was never asked for his effort and still finished in front of Diol Ker that was visible the more ridden of the two and was a graded hurdler. I think we may see a similar ride next time and then maybe picking up a beginners chase somewhere before being put away for one of the festival handicaps off of a nice low mark. Rather than wait for them to be priced up, the single I’m going for is a decent 1pt each way on any race which is 14/1 with Hills still.

As that’s a bit of a cop out and only available with Hills and Sky but only 8/1 with them. I’ll add another single based off of yesterday’s racing I’ve already backed Abacadabras for the Stayers but have gone back in on him after his run yesterday. Gordon has already stated that his main target will be the stayers, and despite being 16/1 before yesterday’s race he is now available at 33/1. I think that’s a massive over reaction when you consider that Ronald Pump, who ran a cracker from the front to finish 4 lengths in front of him was cut in price to 16/1 from 25/1. The way the race was run yesterday meant that nothing coming from the rear got close, and once Abacadabras chance was gone he wasn’t exactly ridden to try and claim second. Sensibly he was given an easier time to save him for another day. Last year he was beaten at odds on for his reappearance and I’d be happy to suggest he will come on for his first run again. When you consider he beat Buzz and always had him held at last years Aintree Hurdle, Buzz is now 6/1 for the Stayers. Abacadabras hurdle form is ten times that which Buzz has achieved, he won a weak grade two over 2 miles three. I personally can’t have him and don’t think he would have even finished in the top 5 in that race yesterday. At 33/1 he’s my final play for this week 0.5pts each way.

22/11- I’ve again been sucked in by the Mares’ Hurdle and I think I’ve found one at a decent price, who hasn’t been mentioned elsewhere yet.

The possibly forgotten horse, is Burning Victory for mares’ maestro Mullins. On first impressions the triumph from 2020 looked weak as the field was strung out by Goshen and the eventual winner, Burning Victory, was fortunate to benefit from his final fence fall. But if you look at some of the horses she had in behind it is actually very strong form. In second you had subsequent grade two winner, Aspire Tower, who was eventually fourth in the champion hurdle. In second was Allmankind, 2 time grade one and 3 time grade 2 winner. The fourth, Navajo Pass also picked up a grade two last term.

Mullins clearly through a lot of her as her next start was in a grade one at the Punchestown festival. She looked like she needed a run that day as that was her first time out in over a year as she came last of the finishers. After that she won her next start convincingly in a flat race over in France, winning by over 5 lengths staying on strongly. She then contested the super competitive Galway hurdle where she was keen and finished about 7th in the big field handicap won by Saldier. She was having to carry quite a bit of weight in that race considering she’s still only young and there was some proven graded performers ahead of her. Back to the flat in her next two starts she again won a decent handicap in France before contesting the Cesarewitch in Newmarket. That race was perhaps her best performance yet, pulling a long way clear of the field with eventual winner Buzz, she was seemingly outstayed but was giving weight away to the now grade two winner who has gone very short in the market for the stayers hurdle at Cheltenham. Though I don’t think he’s that good or a genuine contender for that race, giving weight away to him and only finishing a length behind at the line was good form. Especially when you look at how far clear they were of the rest.

Juvenile hurdlers generally struggle with the step up to open company, so I like that Mullins gave her time to mature for a season. She’s entered in next weeks Hattons Grace, facing tough opposition at this stage including Honeysuckle. I wouldn’t be too disheartened should she not win, but I’d be hoping for a decent run. Mullins typically does well in the mares hurdle, and in sending Concertista chasing he must have a few hurdlers up his sleeve that he likes for this race. At 33/1 best price or 20/1 generally I’d be going each way at this stage.

15/11- After a decent weekends racing, I’ve sided with one who won well and despite there only being two finishers that day; I think he will prove to be the best in that field by far.

After a strong chase debut over an inadequate trip, Vanillier was stepped up to a still shy of his best, 2 miles 6 furlongs. He opened up at second favourite with the Gigginstown owned Sixshooter installed as favourite. I was a little surprised at this, as although Sixshooter had some decent hurdles form and had made a winning Chase debut; the race that Vanillier was third in featured much better horses and he was sure to appreciate this sterner test of stamina more. The market agreed with that statement and Vanillier went off nearly joint favourite having been backed throughout the day. Unfortunately we lost Sixshooter yesterday after a horrible fall. Though it’s hard to know for sure, it seemed to my eye that Vanillier was going better anyway.

If you get a chance you should watch the replay back as at about 3 out you’ll notice that Vanillier looks outpaced by Ballyshannon Rose and he appears beaten. This is what impressed me most as rounding the bend he was switched wide and stayed on powerfully, regaining the lead and starting to pull away even before the fall of Ballyshannon Rose.

The race I’m backing him for is actually the National Hunt Chase rather than the RSA, I’m just thinking he would get caught for a bit of speed by the likes of Galopin Des Champs. He stays all day so the trip should be no issue; he’s won at the festival last year so the course is fine. My only concern would be if connections opt for a shot at the grade one RSA, over this grade two. But at 10/1 he’s a lovely price considering the 8/1 favourite, Stattler, he well and truly put in his place by 15 lengths on last years’ Albert Bartlett, and would side with him even though Stattler then finished a length a head in the Punchestown equivalent. If you watch that race back you’ll see that Vanillier was staying on as usual and was closest at the finish. I can’t see the angle on The Bosses Oscar as I think others will get the trip better than he will, although Elliott does know how to target one for this. For me if I was pricing it, at this stage Vanillier would be favourite. At the price, and based on the fact that I think if he goes here, he wins, this will be a straight win bet.

08/11- Jungle Boogie is one I backed originally for the Marsh at 25/1, off the back of a dominant 30 length victory on what was his only hurdles start last year. Mullins originally stated that he would improve for a fence and that they decided to skip Cheltenham last season in advance of a chasing campaign.

However, in his stable tours this year he has eluded to the fact that Jungle Boogie can be hard to keep right and that he would be targeted at the staying hurdles this season. He has an entry in a novice grade one at the moment and we may see him in novice company to start with, he loses that before Cheltenham and I’m chancing that they opt to run him in the Stayers hurdle as he clearly has a lot of ability and the division looks particularly weak. Mullins has the favourite for that race currently in Klassical Dream, but you have to take him turning up with a bit of caution as he hasn’t run many times. Thyme Hill disappointed in France yesterday, and Flooring Porter fell when running well in Ireland. The rest in the market have numerous question marks, and at 25/1 I think Jungle Boogie could represent some decent value!

01/11- Here we go, the season has begun properly this weekend, we had some amazing performances and in general some great racing. The ever admirable Frodon winning from the front, beating the Irish in their own backyard being a personal highlight.

This week it’s just back to the one selection again, I’ve decided to go for one who ran this weekend. Not one of this weekend's many impressive winners, but one who I’ve watched back the replay and can definitely take some positives from their performance.

I’ve gone for another horse in the RSA or Festival Novices Chase, that being Grand Paradis. He ran in a hot looking novice chase on Saturday at Down Royal. Historically, Gordon Elliott likes to bring out his better horses at this meeting, last year he brought out Supreme second Ballyadam; Triumph winner Quilixios and Bumper winner Sir Gerhard, as well as Envoi Allen. This year was no different with non less than 7 winners over the two days, as well as an agonizing second to Frodon for Galvin in the Grade One. More importantly, two of those winners were for the same owners as Grand Paradis: Mighty Potter and Fil Dor. The Caldwell Construction company have got some excellent looking horses and even had a runner at last years festival in Chemical Energy, they seem keen on investing in the game and have a few who seem to be live chances for the festival at this early stage. You would think that is their long term hope to have a festival winner.

The race on Saturday was over an inadequate trip, just shy of two and a half miles and this big son of Martaline is a half brother to the Punchestown Champion Hunters Chase winner, Bob and Co. Unsurprisingly he was staying on better the further they went and had actually been jumping pretty well before a mistake 2 out caused him to fall. He and the first three home were a long way clear, and though the winner deservedly won, perhaps the 2nd and 3rd as well as Grand Paradis are more interesting longer-term prospects over staying trips. 2nd was grade two winner and grade one placed, Beacon Edge who finished fourth in last years Stayers hurdle at Cheltenham. And 3rd placed was Vanillier, last years Albert Bartlett hero, who may be a real danger for Grand Paradis come March.

He went into the weekend priced at 25/1 for the RSA and due to his fall, he is now as big as 40/1 which is crazy really as he looks desperate for the trip and had jumped generally well.

25/10- This week I’ve again gone for a few different selections, two singles and a double for Cheltenham and a single that’s running today.

First up I’ve gone for a single at 10/1 in the Arkle, Ferny Hollow. No prizes for originality as I think a lot of people took the slightly bigger prices early on him for this as well as in the champion hurdle. With Willie Mullins suggesting both he and Appreciate It are going chasing this year, I’d guess that they’ll be kept apart where possible. With Appreciate It last years Ballymore favourite before Ferny’s injury and only staying at two miles to take advantage of a weak division; I’d suggest of the two it’ll be Appreciate It that would go to the Marsh, with the speedier type in Ferny, be the one to go for the Arkle.

You’re getting 10/1 still on a horse that has beaten both Bob Olinger and Appreciate It, last years superstars. If back from his injury and retaining his ability then he could be special. On pedigree chasing would be no problem and hopefully we see him bolt up soon in a beginners’ chase.

The double I’ll be putting up includes the additional single. So the first part of the double is one who was my weekly selection all the way back in week 4 on the 12th of April, Telmesomethinggirl in the Mares’ Hurdle. Henry traditionally likes to have one in this race, with Honeysuckle not going here and last years dart, Minella Melody, confirmed to be going chasing, I think Telmesomethinggirl for the same connections will be his main runner in this. He trained the Mares’ novice second Magic Daze too, but she has also already been chasing, so we can rule her out of this. Particularly with last years winner, Black Tears, having been retired we can hope that last years Mares’ novice winner can get the first part of the double in at 8/1.

The second part will be Allaho in the Ryanair, last years runaway winner. It seems that the 2 mile experiment is already over with him coming up just short to Chacun on his last run. With Mullins having two darts at the Champion Chase in Chacun and Energumene. I will guess it’s safe to assume Allaho will be going here, particularly as he doesn’t seem to get 3 miles and definitely won’t get the gold cup trip. At 4/1 he’ll also be my second single selection as I just can’t see what beats him. I was briefly excited by the prospect of Allmankind serving it up to him after his brilliant performance carrying top weight in the Old Roan Chase yesterday. But Skelton quickly ended that dream by saying he’ll be targeted towards the Melling Chase at Aintree and how Cheltenham isn’t his track. The double is available at 44/1 and would be a 1 point win bet, with the single on Allaho a 2 point win bet.

Finally, the selection for today’s racing comes in the 15:30 at Wexford. A listed chase we have two high class horses going against a race fit rival in Conflated. The favourite is Eklat De Rire who had some excellent form last year, but I’ll be going for one of my favourites, The Big Dog. His last run was a good win in an Irish Grand National trial on soft ground and I think the ground tomorrow should suit and play into his stamina strengths. With Eklat off the back of a fall last time out and having to give a lot of weight away, I hope that TBD can repay some of the money I lost on him Antepost for the Irish National when he was a late non runner. 3/1 is the general price and would be a 1 point win selection.

18/10- So today I’m advising a few selections: one normal single at a decent price; a double at shorter prices that I think should be winning but wouldn’t advise as singles at the prices this far out; and a single for today’s racing.

The single that I’ll be going for today is Gentlemen Joe in the triumph, a maiden winner first time out this year over a mile. He stepped up to listed class on second start in the Feilden stakes over 1 mile and 1 furlong, where he was noticeably outpaced and ended in 6th. Stepped up in trip he showed his best performance to date finishing third in a very strong listed race at Goodwood. The winner that day was Irish Derby second, Lone Eagle. Second placed was Yibir who has subsequently won a group 3, 2 and 1. The fourth, Aleas, some 6 lengths behind him,won a listed race next time out; and the fifth won a decent handicap after too. His flat exploits left him rated 92 and I find him extremely interesting now after a break with HDB who mentioned him in a recent stable tour. In fact he was one of only two in the stable tour that have only been with him this year, all the rest he mentioned are established HDB horses.

On pedigree he looks made for the race, by Authorized, sire of triumph winner and super horse Tiger Roll, as well as Goshen who was bolting up in the triumph before falling at the last. He also sired Echoes In Rain who has shown lots of speed. I think the 33/1 is more than fair with Paddy Power and Betfair, as he is 16/1 in other places. I’ll be going win only on this selection.

The double I’ve picked out won’t surprise many people, Honeysuckle in the Champion Hurdle looking to defend her crown and remain unbeaten; and Thyme Hill staying over hurdles to take the Stayers hurdle in a weak looking division. The double is available at 17/1 and is more than fair as both have an excellent chance.

Finally, I’ve got a selection for today’s racing, Starlet Du Mesnil in the 12:25 at Compeigne. A decent listed winner over hurdles last year and finishing a decent 5th in a grade one; she made her chase debut in a mares Chase last time out winning my 6 lengths. I love her pedigree and earmarked her to come over to the UK at some point a while ago, but she hasn’t as of yet. I think she has an excellent chance here and should go very close at 11/4.

11/10- Grangeclare West, another exciting Cheveley Park prospect, is the horse I’ve been studying this week. He may well end up in the Ballymore, but I’m going to take the 33/1 on offer for the Supreme as he showed more than enough speed for a supreme winning his bumper by 9 lengths and I think Classic Getaway will end up in the Ballymore and Cheveley Park will want to keep their two young stars separated. The fly in the ointment to this theory is Guily Billy, another CP horse, who cost a fortune and has yet to be seen on track. If he goes hurdling this year, which has been suggested, we could end up with a CP star in each of the novice hurdle races. Although pocket talking I’d hope Guily Billy went to the bumper.

On pedigree he looks phenomal as is expected with these CP horses, being by Presenting he should have stamina to burn and lots of ability. He’s by a mare who’s produced a few winners with the best rated 127. Easily the most exciting of his half siblings, we can expect him to rank a fair bit higher than them.

He won his PTP showing an aptitude for jumping; held up towards the rear early, he made steady progress before going away after the last to win by 4 lengths, after which he was quickly snapped up for £430,000. He made his rules debut in May winning a bumper and showing a good amount of speed which is why I think he will end up their supreme horse. The second and third have both come out and won bumpers in the last month or so, franking the form a little. More importantly, CP have already confirmed that hurdling is the plan this year.

He’s 33/1 for the supreme and I will be taking that each way at this point, but I will also back in the Ballymore as a cover bet.

04/10- One I’ve been considering for a while now for the Mares’ Chase is Minella Melody. She has shown herself to be very good over the last couple of years. She started out in a point to point which she won in taking fashion, by 10 lengths. She was then sent to Henry De Bromhead, winning her first bumper by 12 lengths confirming her considerable promise. Next time out she was upped in grade straight to grade two level in the Mares’ Bumper at Aintree where she was a good second to the Glancing Queen. She ran again at the Punchestown festival in the grade three bumper behind subsequent grade three hurdle winner Daylight Katie; and the still unbeaten Gypsy island who has only been out once since but looks set for an excellent novice hurdling campaign and is already a short enough price in the mares novice hurdle at Cheltenham. The form of that particular bumper looks very strong with fifth placed Darren's Hope winning a grade three last year, and Cheltenham hero, Heaven Help Us a long way back in 11th. Her hurdling career had a strong start, winning a maiden, then a listed, then a grade three. That saw her go off favourite for the Mares Novice at Cheltenham where she was disappointingly only 18th of 22. Stepping out of novice company, she started last year with a second to grade one placed and grade two winner Beacon Edge, in a grade three race. Beacon Edge finished fourth in the stayers last year and I think this form is strong. She then ran in a grade two mares hurdle, finishing only a length behind the high class Concertista. In her next race she again was second to Concertista, this time she tried to lead and win from the front and was passed late on. Those tactics were abandoned quite quickly and at Cheltenham she was held up in the Mares Hurdle, only managing 7th she didn’t run badly but this highlights my main concern over her. Her only two ‘bad’ career runs have come at Cheltenham, so maybe she either won’t go this year or will again not perform to her best. We can see this was not her true form as next time out in the grade one mares’ at Punchestown she finished second to Stormy Island and two lengths clear of Concertista in third. That being said, on pedigree, I think she is a chaser in waiting and she should show even better form next year over the larger obstacles. By Flemensfirth, his offspring, in general, improve for a fence. His top three, Flemenstar, Imperial Commander and Lostintranslation, actually all only won one hurdle race each at maiden or novice level. Before showing top class ability once chasing. The dam was unraced but by Kings Theatre, sire of Cue Card, and his offspring also tend to do best over a fence too. At 25/1 I’m willing to have a play now and take the chance that fences will be enough to see her in better light at Cheltenham.

27/09- This weeks' pick is a bit of an outsider that I’ve talked myself into, so you’ll have to forgive me if it doesn’t work out. I’m looking at a 66/1 shot in the Supreme.

Going through those at the top of the market; I’ve already backed Sir Gerhard, Jonbon could be anything and I wouldn’t put anyone off backing him, but I don’t want to back two short prices this far out. I think Kilcruit and Dysart Dynamo go up in trip, I Am Maximus has a shout but has already been backed in from 50’s. Barring these I think a lot of the rest in the market either aren’t good enough, or are in need of further.

The one who I’ve landed on is actually a second season novice in Ha D’Or for Willie Mullins. He’s only had three runs to date, winning a 1 mile 3 flat bumper in France, showing lots of speed. He looked an early contender for last years Triumph, finishing third in a three year old group two, closely matched with Busselton and Saint Sam, Cheltenham hero and grade one winner Jeff Kidder was all the way back in seventh. He was only seen once more finishing virtually pulled up in the Spring Juvenile grade one at Leopardstown, which was won by Triumph victor Quilixios. We know this wasn’t his true form as on hurdles debut he finished close up with Busselton who was third this day and beat Saint Sam who was second. The fact he finished tailed off and wasn’t seen again last year leads me to believe there was an issue.

On pedigree he looks fairly well related by an underrated sire in Nidor, he is the only foal from a Network mare, Network being the sire of Sprinter Sacre and Delta Work for those who don't know. His sire's best offspring include Grade Three and Listed winner Valtor, and multiple French listed winner, Corazones who has racked up around £400,000 in prize money. Considering his limited sample size, Nidor's offspring have done very well, and Ha D'Or having only run three times, could end up being the best of them.

Having been given time to get over that issue, he retains his novice status this season having not won a race and going forward does need to bounce back, but he was clearly well thought of last year and looks to have been forgotten. At 66/1 this is a speculative each way and not one to go mad on. I think based on pedigree there is even an argument to say that they step him up to the Ballymore trip, so will also have a small each way on him for that race too.

20/09- I’ve picked another one here in a wide-open looking mares’ novice hurdle, I’m not sure why but I’m always drawn to this race and there are some very exciting horses in here. This week I’ve sided with one that I actually backed on every run she had last year, Grangee. I was originally ruling her out when looking at this race because I wanted any decisions to be head over heart. However, having rewatched her races, I’m now confident in making her a selection. On pedigree she’s very well related, her sire also sired grade one winner, Greaneteen as well as super mare Benie Des Dieux. On the dam’s side, she has a full brother that went off favourite for the Fred Winter at Cheltenham and finished a decent enough seventh there, disappointing since though and we’ve already seen better form from Grangee. Her first start was an impressive win in a Galway Bumper, she settled towards the rear of the field before making smooth headway and going clear inside the last two furlongs before being eased down to win comfortably. With these races, it’s not always easy to judge as we don’t know exactly what she’s beaten. We can probably assume she is above average based on the fact that her next start Mullins upped her to listed company going across to Market Rasen. She was perhaps a little disappointing in third on the day but the winner that day was Eileendover who is very good and I think she just got caught a little for pace and experience that day. Eileendover had previously won twice before and has since won on the flat as well as going off favourite for the grade two mares’ bumper at Aintree. Splitting the two that day was Miss Lamb who had been fairly supported from 40/1 into to 20/1, she passed Grangee late on to pick up second place. Miss Lambs’ next start was also in the mares’ bumper at Aintree where she reversed form with Eileendover and finished an excellent third finishing just behind Elle Est Belle, the early market leader for the mares’ novice next year. Just behind Grangee in fourth was Dragon Bones, who on her next start won a listed hurdle and then went on a run winning a further three hurdles races from four starts, the only loss coming when she fell when disputing the lead 2 out. I think this particular bumper is above average and the first four home could all be very good. I’m not sure how but after that listed third she was totally written off for her next start, a grade two bumper at Leopardstown, she somehow opened at 22/1 and her starting price was still 18/1. She won that day with her and Party Central finishing 5 lengths clear off the highly rated Brandy Love in third. It was the manner of her win that impressed me most, not because she did it in style, in fact, it was the opposite. She was keen and travelled wide throughout before hanging left close to home, despite that she kept on well again towards the finish with Party Central never really looking like passing her. Party Central won a listed bumper on her next start going off just 6/4. Brandy Love was the Mullins first string that day going off odds on, but she was no match for Grangee. Her next start was in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham, where she was closest at the finish and I think still impressively finished 6th against the geldings. Sir Gerhard and Kilcruit are obviously very good. Elle Est Belle was third that day on what is her career best performance but could only manage second next time out in the Mares Bumper at Aintree, finishing just ahead of Miss Lamb. In fourth was Three Stripe Life who I rate highly for some of the novice hurdles next year. Fifth and sixth were Super Six and Grangee who finished together, she was staying on well that day and seemed to enjoy the Cheltenham Hill. Her final start was in the grade three mares bumper at Punchestown, where she went off odds on, duly obliging with a seven length victory in an easy manner. If she takes to hurdling, which I think she will, 16/1 is a price I will gladly take. She may end up being my cliff horse this year but owes me nothing already. I’ve recently read some comments on her from Patrick Mullins and I’ll leave them here for you “a tiny little mare, possibly the smallest we have in the yard, but she’s as big as Quevega was” now I’m not saying that’s a direct comparison at all, but that is some name drop to throw in there! He then follows on with, after her Galway win “I wasn’t quite sure she was Cheltenham and Punchestown class at that point” I get the impression and it seems to be backed up by the fact Patrick only rode her on debut (when she was the only Mullins horse) and then on her final start; that she either doesn’t show much at home or continually defies expectations.

13/09- One at a bigger price this week, Ginto for the Ballymore. I’ve not seen him mentioned too many times; but he’s by Walk In The Par and he’s gone off odds on in both his bumpers. So he’s both well related and well regarded by the yard.

His point to point he won in an easy fashion, getting better the further they went, taking the lead in the straight to win by around 12 lengths. His first bumper run was a little disappointing for favourite backers. Going off at 4/9 he tracked the leader but was outpaced by the eventual winner, Whatdeawant. He stayed on well that day and finished just two lengths back in second. The winner next time out was Grade Two placed so I think we can forgive Ginto slightly. He made amends on his second start. Ridden prominently he was again headed but stuck on to forge clear and win by 8 lengths from subsequent winner Shantreusse. Back in fourth was another subsequent winner in Now Where Or When, so despite only having two bumper runs, we can confidently say that the form from each is fairly strong.

He has phenomenal pedigree, being by Walk In The Park his dams sire was none other than Cadoudal, sire of both Big Bucks and Long Run. Meaning he is related to both a Gold Cup and Ryanair winner as well as being by the same sire as Douvan, who disappointingly never won the Champion Chase, but was top class at 2 miles.

Both the manner of his runs so far and his pedigree seems to suggest that a step up in trip will do him the world of good. I think the Ballymore is most likely but he could end up in the Albert Bartlett and I’d likely have a bet there if he was there on the day. At 50/1 there is a lot of value, he’s firmly in the unexposed camp, and may not amount to this sort of level, but there’s enough for me to hope.

06/09- Selection 1: For the first time in a while it’ll be a double week. I’ve added in the second pick because one of them is only available at the advised price with Paddy Power and Betfair, being much shorter elsewhere.

I’ve been having a watch back through some of the top novice races last year, and obviously, Bob Olinger was phenomenal. He’s a worthy favourite for the Marsh on the back of his Ballymore performance, but I’m actually going to be backing him for the Festival Novices chase. He’s 20/1 for that (on Paddy Power and Betfair), whilst being as short as 8/1 in places and 10/1 generally. The 20/1 is huge considering he would barely be 2/1 if turning up there on the day. He’s not stepped up to the three miles yet but won his point to point at that trip easily, and on pedigree, he should absolutely get the trip.

His sire produced Don Cossack who won the Gold Cup, and his Mares’ sire was a stayer on the flat whose best form came over 2 miles, being group placed. So there’s plenty of stamina there and with a few of the 2 milers such as Appreciate It potentially stepping up to the 2 miles 4, we quite plausibly could see him end up here instead.

There’s no point in an each way play here despite the price because if he turns up I think he wins, the risk is him going for the Marsh!

Selection 2: Off the back of this pick and hoping that we may see Bob Olinger stepped up to the Festival Novices chase, I decided to have another look at the Marsh in case there’s some value further down the market.

The one who interested me the most is one who I actually shortlisted for this race all the way back in April but have held off putting up until now. Dusart for Nicky Henderson is the one who I’m going for, he has only had two runs but I think still there is a decent amount of form to get stuck into.

His first start was in a novice that he won by just over two lengths from subsequent Betfair Hurdle winner, Soaring Glory. The manner in which he won was impressive as he appeared to do it with ease, going away after the last. His next start wasn’t until over 5 months later which does raise slight concerns, but Nicky does often run his horses sparingly so maybe not something to read into too much. He was stepped up to grade one company in the Top Novices hurdle at Aintree, he went off just 5/2 as joint favourite but could only manage 3rd. I found a lot of comments on Twitter surprising afterwards as he was almost written off as a dud or a hype job, but I was actually impressed with that run. To my eye, he just got a little outpaced by two match fit rivals that both have shown excellent form. The winner that day, Belfast Banter, won the County at Cheltenham and arrived in full confidence and with a recent run. Do Your Job, the second placed horse, had previously finished second to My Drogo in the Grade Two novice hurdle at Kelso just a month before. To confirm the depth of this race, the two horses behind him were Third Time Lucki; who was very well backed for the County and finished sixth there, as well as placing at grade two level; and Supreme third For Pleasure. He was 12 and 17 lengths clear of them respectively.

He actually started to stay on again after the last and I think he would suit a step up to two and a half miles. On pedigree, he’s extremely well related and seems to confirm his potential over further. Sired by Flemensfirth who has sired some very notable horses, Gold Cup and Ryanair winner Imperial Commander, Lostintranslation and also Colreevy who not only won at this year's festival but then beat both Envoi Allen and Monkfish. He’s also well related on the Mares’ side with him being a half brother to Ballymore and Arkle winner Simonsig.

At 25/1 he’s a decent price and I think especially if the market principles don’t go here he’ll be much shorter priced and even if they do turn up he would be a live each way chance, as long as he takes to chasing well.

30/08- This week I’ve gone for one where I’ve slightly missed the price after having him on my radar for a while. However, I think the 16/1 on offer is still a very fair price and can only see him shortening as the season progresses. The price seems especially fair when you consider he’s unbeaten; a novice grade one winning hurdler; who looks certain to go chasing next year and feasibly could only go for two Cheltenham targets, meaning you’re quite likely to get a run for your money. The horse in question is Monmiral and I’ll be backing him in the Arkle.

A French recruit who won his only start there in a conditions hurdle for three year olds, winning fairly cosily in the end. He was then purchased by Sir Alex Ferguson, Mason and Hales to be trained by Paul Nicholls. He won his four starts last season including a grade two and a grade one, improving with each run, in both his jumping and his general performance. His final start was in the grade one four year old hurdle at Aintree, where we looked set for a battle between himself and Adagio at the last with Adagio seemingly going well. Unfortunately, Adagio made an error whilst Monmiral jumped to perfection and ended up winning easily by 7 and a half lengths. A lot of people claimed that Adagio was coming to win, but personally I thought Monmiral kept on very strongly after the line and would have pulled clear anyway. I also won’t ever try and claim that the best horse didn’t win in situations like that, jumping is the name of the game and it was the difference in the two jumps that decided that race, I’d much rather back the better jumper going into chasing next year.

On pedigree, he looks like a chaser in waiting with sire Saint Des Saints producing multiple grade one winning chasers. Including the same connections Protektorat, who at the same meeting that Monmiral won his grade one, got his own on the board with a strong performance in the Manifesto Novices Chase.

The Arkle market looks fairly open with question marks over those at the head of the market. Appreciate It may step up in trip, as with My Drogo; Bob Olinger is more likely to step up in trip rather than back to the Arkle; Quilixios I think will have a season of hurdling before he goes chasing as he's only 4; I think Ferny Hollow could end up here, but could equally stay hurdling too. Monmiral is next in the market and I think is the only who is almost nailed on to go for this race. At 16/1 this is a strong each way play for me.

23/08- This week I’m going for one who I backed for last years festival but ended up not running, Southfield Harvest. Luckily I had NRNB so didn’t lose any money. I was gutted when he didn't go because I was extremely confident due to the fact that Paul Nicholls identified him as his horse that was most ahead of their mark. That’s some feat in his yard, especially as he was already rated 135 after only a handful of hurdles starts, he must show a lot at home for Nicholls to say that he had a few pounds in hand.

I find it interesting that instead of taking advantage of that mark, connections instead opted to go novice chasing straight away. He went off just 1/2 having opened at evens in a chase over 3 miles 2 furlongs and won by 6 lengths. Now if you look at the bare form you wouldn’t necessarily be overwhelmed, but when you consider everything was wrong that day and watch the replay you’ll start to see why I like him. His previous best runs have come on either soft or good to soft (though he did win a bumper on good), and this particular race was a good summer ground that wouldn’t have been quite to suit. His jumping wasn’t perfect and he made a few mistakes but was never headed. Bryony Frost actually lost her irons at one point and despite all this, he was 10 lengths clear at the last and was eased down to win with ease. What I liked most was despite losing irons and making a couple of mistakes, he didn’t shy away from any fences and actually grew in confidence and his jumping got much better throughout the race. For a first time over fences, that’s always a positive to me and I'd expect a much more fluent performance when we see him next. On pedigree he’s well related, his sire, Kayf Tiara, is by super sire Saddler’s Wells. Kayf Tiara has himself sired Thistlecrack who was a top-class chaser, as well as some other excellent horses including Stayers’ principal, Thyme Hill, Identity Thief and Blaklion. He has three half-siblings on the mares' side older than him, all rated around the 160 mark, Southfield Theatre was actually 2nd in the RSA won by Don Poli and Southfield Royale was 4th in the National Hunt Chase, having won a grade two novice Chase, and finishing second in the grade one Kauto Star Novice Chase, finishing three lengths ahead of Gold Cup winner Native River. So on pedigree alone, he looks very exciting. He has never finished outside the places in 8 runs from 2 miles, all the way up to the 3 miles 2. I really like him and at the moment I’ll be backing him for the National Hunt Chase at 33/1, as he stays all day and relished that long trip last time. But will also be backing him in the 'any race' market when he becomes available as I could also see him go for one of the handicap chases, or even the RSA.

16/08- This week I'm finally putting up one of my favourites in Sharjah, he ran a cracker to finish second to Honeysuckle in the Champion Hurdle at a decent price. I think the market has it wrong here and he should not be 20/1 off the back of his best season yet, with a few ahead of him in the market unlikely to even go here. The horses I'm thinking won;t go are Bob Olinger, currently second favourite, he will most likely be chasing as will Appreciate It and Ferny Hollow. That leaves just Echoes In Rain and Epatante ahead of him in the betting. He's already beaten Epatante by 3 and then 10 lengths in their last two runs and Echoes In Rain has a lot to prove and may even end up in the Mares Hurdle, though we have already backed her for this anyway.

After a 2020 season ending in a second in the Champion Hurdle, he had a couple of okay flat runs over the summer. But he took his form over hurdles to another level this year, winning the Matheson Grade One on his reappearance from a fitter rival in Aspire Tower who is a decent yardstick. Next time out was his "worst" run only managing third in the Chanelle Pharma, but as I mentioned that race is worth ignoring or at least not taking at face value as Honeysuckle caught them out two from home and the race fell apart with Sharjah eased down towards the finish when his chance was gone. I'm even happier to put a line through this form as next time out he got much closer in the Champion Hurdle beating all home bar Honeysuckle again. He improved again for his closest finish to Honeysuckle getting within a couple of lengths at the last where she had an un-characteristically slow jump. He's not getting any younger but has a couple of good years left in him as an 8 year old. He's a four time grade one winner, three times runner up at the top level and a further place to his name. Do I think he will improve enough to beat Honeysuckle? No. But considering the price disparency at this point, 2/1 is very short and though she hasn't shown signs of injury in previous seasons, she isn't a machine and anything could happen. I think they toyed with trying her over fences but that seems to be off the cards now.

09/08- This one should be treated with a little caution, as he missed the festival last year, his last run was February and the year before he only had three runs. Maybe he’s a little fragile or they may just be being patient with him. Perhaps a bit of a forgotten horse in the markets for the festival next year, it will be interesting to see whether they opt to go novice chasing with him or keep him over hurdles for a crack at the champion hurdle where he seemed likely to go last year. He’s currently 33/1 for both the Arkle and the Champion Hurdle. I think the 2 miles suits him more than the 2 miles 4 so I think if he was mine I’d suggest the Arkle over the Marsh.

The horse I’m talking about is Saint Roi for Willie Mullins. He’s lightly raced for a 6-year old but is undoubtedly talented. After a couple of promising runs in France, placing in a flat maiden and a listed hurdle. He made his debut for Willie Mullins finishing 5th of 17 over 2 miles and 3 furlongs, he then dropped back to 2 miles and won his next maiden easily. He then won his first handicap start in the County Cup on only his 3rd start for Mullins. He won by some four and a half lengths, taking advantage of a stupidly low mark. Last season, he won again on his next start which was his reappearance in a grade three at Tipperary over 2 miles by 5+ lengths. He was then upped to grade one company in the Morgiana where he went off odds on, only to finish a neck second to Abacadabras who showed the was no fluke by winning the Grade One Aintree Hurdle and going off just 10/1 for the Champion Hurdle. He then finished 4th in another grade one where he went off the favourite, possibly disappointing on the face of it but he reversed form with Abacadabras by 18 lengths and recent decisive Galway winner Saldier even further back. He was only 5 lengths back from the winner that day which was Champions Hurdle second Sharjah. Just in front of him in third was Petit Mouchoir who placed in the County this year off of a massive weight and isn’t bad form in itself, and in second was Aspire Tower who has some excellent form himself. In my opinion, his only ‘bad’ run was his last. But that day Honeysuckle ran them all ragged and the race sort of fell apart, with most of them eased down over the line. He actually reversed that previous form with Petit Mouchoir finishing almost 20 lengths ahead of him, and he closed the gap with Sharjah by 3 lengths. The fact that Sharjah has since twice got much closer to Honeysuckle shows that we can partially put a line through that bit of form. You could also argue that the fact he hasn’t been seen since may be due to a slight setback.

Personally, he looks a chaser to my eye and the 33/1 available for the Arkle is huge considering he was one of the early season favourites for it last year off the back of his county success.

02/08- So this week I’ve been looking at a race I’ve not covered yet, the Stayers Hurdle. There are a few potentials that I’ll probably back across the year and monitor how they’re campaigned, whether they’re even staying over/reverting back to hurdles.

Ignoring the favourites at this point, my shortlist so far is- Champ (I think they may toy with going back over hurdles as his chasing career hasn’t gone quite to plan); Roksana (I think if she runs at Cheltenham it will be in this as opposed to the Mares Hurdle as she got caught for pace in that this year); Mrs Milner (a real long shot at 66/1 who I think still has some room in her handicap mark so may exploit that as opposed to step up to graded company); and James Du Berlais (who was way back in second behind Klassical Dream but that was only his first start at three miles and if staying hurdling could be ridden more aggressively now they know he stays).

But the one who I’ve sided with at this point is The Bosses Oscar at 40/1. He was running off a huge 151 in the Pertemps and still managed to come a good second to Mrs Milner off of 134. He then disappointed in a Grade 2 at Fairyhouse over 2 miles 4, he was virtually pulled up that day but I think it came too soon after Cheltenham as he usually has a while between races, he also does better over the3 mile trip. His form at Cheltenham has been good with an eyecatching close fifth in the Martin Pipe last year and the second in the Pertemps this year, his mark is probably too high at this point for another shot at a handicap, but as he is only a 6 year old I’m hoping they keep him over hurdles for a shot at this rather than going straight to novice chasing, but that would be a slight concern.

26/07 - This week we have another long shot, never finishing outside of the top four across his entire career, including three times at the festival. The horse I’ve gone for this time is Next Destination in the Gold Cup at a ridiculous 80/1.

After finishing fourth in the champion bumper for Willie Mullins, he proved himself as a top-class hurdler. Winning his maiden by 13 lengths over 2 and a half miles, and then winning his next two, a grade two and a grade one over the same trip. He was then third in the Ballymore beaten by Samcro, who had a little too much pace for him. He confirmed his ability again when stepped up to three miles at the Punchestown festival, winning the novice grade one there from Delta Work which is some very strong form, I think the extra trip really brought the best out of him.

He then wasn’t seen for nearly three years due to a few injuries, being transferred to Paul Nicholls ahead of a novice chasing campaign. On his first start for Nicholls, he stayed over hurdles running in the grade two West Yorkshire hurdle, where he was a good second. Giving away weight to the high-class Roksana after nearly three years off, was an excellent performance to my eye. The next time we saw him was just a month later where on his first chase start he won the grade two John Francombe novice, taking well to the larger obstacles. He then backed that up with another win at the same level in the Hampton Novices’ beating Fiddlerontheroof who I think is a decent yardstick. Perhaps disappointingly, we didn’t get to see him clash with Monkfish in the RSA, with connections opting to miss that in favour of the slightly weaker opposition in the National Hunt Chase. He didn’t win but did himself justice with a good second, splitting the primed for the race Galvin, and very well backed Escaria Ten. With Monkfish running a little flat at Cheltenham and having been beaten subsequently by Colreevy, connections will maybe be kicking themselves a little that they didn’t opt to take him on in the RSA. The Gold Cup is a very difficult race to win obviously, but with festival form figures of 4th, 3rd and 2nd respectively, I’d love him to continue that trend and go one better next year. With his injury record and apparent fragility, there’s always the risk he doesn’t run, but either way though 80/1 is a huge price for a horse of his talent, even the 66/1 on offer is big when some bookies have him as short as 25/1.

19/07 - This week I’ve been looking at the Mares' Hurdle and found one who I really like at a bigger price, that being The Glancing Queen - a lovely bumper horse who won and placed in listed bumpers, she was then fifth in the champion bumper at Cheltenham before winning the grade two mares' bumper at Aintree. She was then off for nearly a year coming back for another crack at the champion bumper finishing a respectable 8th with no prep run under her belt. Perhaps disappointing on the flat after that she came back and declared herself a high-class novice hurdler last year, making her hurdling debut in the Grade One Challow Novice over two and a half miles. That day she was held up in last and made good progress in the final circuit going past Wilde About Oscar easily and stayed on to challenge for second behind Bravemansgame. Bravemansgame since placed in the Ballymore and was second in the Grade One over 3 miles at Aintree. Next time out, she was back in grade into a standard novice race over two miles. Ridden more prominently she won convincingly by 11 lengths having travelled strongly throughout. Her third start was a listed novice where she was beaten by Wilde About Oscar they were a long way clear of the third, who was, in turn, a long way clear of the rest. I think she just lacked a little speed for 2 miles that day, and possibly the very heavy ground didn't suit. I thought she would show herself better over 2 and a half. On her final start last year she ran in the Mares Novice at Cheltenham where she finished a respectable 5th having been caught out for pace towards the finish, she then stayed on up the hill finishing just behind subsequent grade one winner, Skyace. That was over two miles one, and as I say I think the two and a half mile trip sees her to best effect. She’s proven the hill at Cheltenham suits her and next year I will watch her prep for the festival, but imagine the Mares Hurdle will be ideal for her. At 40/1 best price, each way is the play, and she has some improving to do, but I really like her chances at this point.

12/07- I have had a long look at a couple of races this week, but bar adding a few to my tracker to monitor as the jumps season gets underway, there is only one who is immediately looking overpriced. Currently only priced up with Unibet, I like the chances of Minella Escape in the Festival Novices' chase. Very closely related to this years' Gold Cup hero Minella Indo, he has both the same Sire in Beat Hollow and Dam's Sire in Supreme Leader. On form there is a small improvement required but I think fences could be the making of this horse. He fell on first start when the likely winner before needing further on second start and finishing a good second. Slightly upped in trip he then won convincingly by 7 lengths beating a Mullins' favourite. His final start was over 3 miles in a novice grade three where he was sent off odds on. He travelled very well and the extra trip appeared to suit well, getting on top and seemingly going away before the second last only for a clumsy jump to see him fall. This pick could be an absolute no show, but I think going over fences could force him to concentrate a little on his jumping and bring the best out of him. At 50/1 there is definitely positives and reason for a little optimism. He is also in the National Hunt Chase market on Unibet, I just think he has more class than that, but will see how he is campaigned this year and might have a small saver on this race too.

05/07- I've gone for one who I backed at this years festival and was perhaps fortunate to have won on, with a peach of a ride from Rachel Blackmore winning the bumper on Sir Gerhard over Kilcruit in second. That form was since reversed at the Punchestown Festival but I see them ending up in different races next year anyway. Kilcruit I think has the Ballymore as his main aim at this point, with SG aiming towards the Supreme, which is where I'm going to back him. That reverse of festival form is the only loss so far for SG, he has course form at Cheltenham which I think can be important and of the horses that look likely to go at this early stage, he has the best form by a long way. There may be a few that improve for hurdles and I will monitor throughout the months leading up to it, but at 13/2 SG will be much shorter if he starts winning over hurdles.

28/06- At Royal Ascot I was a little surprised to see a JP horse in the Queen's Vase, I was a little more surprised to see it fly home from last following a very good Stowell through the race to finish a not too far away fourth. I was on Stowell that day and a bit disappointed that he was ridden in such a way and have upgraded that run as I thought he would have been a lot closer with a more prominent ride. Therefore I'll also have to upgrade the run of Benaud for JP, he is currently available at 25/1 for the triumph and given the owner and being trained by Joseph O'Brien, you'd expect he would be campaigned over the jumps. I won't take the 25/1 on him just yet, as I'm not entirely sure it would be the Triumph he goes for, he could also go for the Fred Winter, which Joseph has a good record in, or even stepped up in trip having got the 1 mile 6 so well and has an entry in the Goodwood Cup. That being said I'm going to play the 16/1 with William Hill on the any race market, there is 14s available on Sky too.

21/06- The more I look at the Ryanair the current market seems to have no clue, Allaho may well end up back here, but as Willie Mullins will be desperate to win a Champion Chase and he ran a decent second to Chacun over the trip at Punchestown they may end up not going here with him. Shishkin and Energumene almost definitely will go there. Likewise with Greaneteen. I’m not keen on Altior another year older, we’ve already backed Fakir Doudaries, so I’m going to side with another. Fusil Raffles, who was second in the Marsh at this years festival, beaten by stablemate Chantry House who will likely be stepped up and possibly a gold cup horse? He currently sits at 40/1 and depending on which horses turn up he’ll either be 10/1 if it cuts up or around the same price on the day if not. Having won two grade two hurdles as well as a grade one, he definitely has the class and has won three of his 6 chases, with a second as I say in the Marsh. The concern would be in his other two chases, he has been pulled up. At 40/1 though I’ll be playing this each way and hope the race cuts up a bit!

14/06- The one I like this week, Balco Coastal, is one you maybe have to forgive a little. Having won his PTP and then a bumper, he went off favourite in the grade two bumper at the Aintree festival. He was a little disappointing that day, but he just seemed to lack a little bit of pace to my eye. i think the Ballymore trip next year will see him to better effect, and at 50/1 best price I’m happy to play this so far in advance.

07/06- This week I've toyed with a few but I ultimately decided to wait until we knew more about what their likely targets would be, whether chasing, still hurdling or if stepping up from handicap class into group races. The one I have landed on is hopefully only going to be targeted towards this race, as it's most suitable. That is Galvin for the Cross Country, he surely will be headed here before a Grand National attempt. The winner of this years National Hunt Chase over almost the same trip, he is currently 12/1 and I think that could be worth taking, with Tiger Roll another year older, and Easysland beaten twice at Cheltenham this year. I think his old stablemate Farclas might rate the chief danger having run a good fifth in the National this year.

31/05 - Jungle Boogie is the one I’ve been looking at this time, he won his bumper well before being stepped up to 2 miles 4 for his only hurdles appearance winning by some 10 lengths. Willie Mullins mentioned after the race that day they’d consider a tilt at Cheltenham this year but he’d ultimately be a chasing prospect and should improve for a fence. With Bob Olinger potentially staying hurdling, and those at the top of the market more likely heading elsewhere, I think the 25/1 available is a great price and will follow him over fences for the coming season.

24/05 - A horse who I’ve been looking at for a few weeks and watching replays and studying the collateral form is Stepney Causeway. A previous flat winner, his hurdle debut was a fifth in a strong enough race won by Tritonic who showed some excellent form since. He won his next four by a combined 50.5 lengths! On debut He was over 30 lengths behind the second placed Casa Loupi, but when meeting two starts later he showed some smart improvement winning and beating Casa Loupi by a couple of lengths. He travels strongly and seems to have a very good engine, he had no fancy entries this year but did beat previous two time listed winner Mrs Hyde by 19 lengths, and grade two second Casa Loupi. I think 33/1 is good value for the Arkle next year and will go each way. Hopefully fences was the plan for next year, and owned by the same family as Allmankind who was a live chance for this years Arkle himself.

17/05 - Nothing has majorly caught my eye this week, so the one I've gone for this week is Journey With Me in the Ballymore at around 18/1 best price. Having won the same bumper that Bob Olinger won last year, Journey With Me caught a lot of people's eyes having won that day under a hands and heels ride by 13 lengths. What he beat that day is yet to be seen, but he went off odds on and is clearly highly thought of. If he starts his hurdling career well the 18/1 will quickly go; and having won his PTP over 3 miles and the bumper over 2 miles 2, I think he will most likely go here.

10/05- This week I’ve been looking at a number of races trying to look for something I’ve missed or one who I think is a good price and has the right sort of profile that I look for in each race. The horse that I’ve settled on is Grand Paradis for the National Hunt Chase, a similar profile to Galvin from this year a lightly campaigned hurdler this season having run three times over the smaller obstacles, off the back of a single NHF race back in November. His record stands at 3 wins from 4 runs. He improved with each run this year, a good fourth on hurdles debut, he beat subsequent winner Grand Bornand of Willie Mullins on his second start. What leads me to believe he will be campaigned at this race is his final appearance back in February, where he was upped to two miles five, winning the Grade Three contest by some 13 lengths. He has a good pedigree too with his Sire also siring Dynaste who won the Ryanair and a good second to Cue Card in the Betfair Chase. Other offspring include, Diol Ker, Discko and this years Albert Bartlett winner, Vanillier. The mare is also sire of top hunter chaser, Bob and Co. I think we will see an even better horse next year over fences and at 40/1 will play this one each way. My only concern would be some of the second season novices who will have the benefit of experience, although as we have already backed Run Wild Fred for the race, I think we can come out of this race in profit, and have some good looking prices going into the first day.

03/05 - I've had a look at the early market for the Albert Bartlett next year. Kilcruit is at the head of the market at only 8/1, I personally think he will go for the Ballymore or the Supreme over this. He showed good speed in the bumper at Punchestown and I think though he may be a stayer in time they will aim towards either of those two. Next in the market is Journey With Me at 25/1, who won the flat race won previously by Bob Olinger. He won that in great style and I will watch him throughout the year to see where he ends up. You can see how open the market is so far in advance and there is no clear standout like on most of the races. I have settled on two at this stage at big enough prices. First up I really like Ramillies for this, he has been campaigned at the highest level this year, winning a bumper and then never really making an impact in graded bumpers. His best run was a decent 8th in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham. He always travels well and gets outpaced towards the finish. I can see him stepping up in trip next year as he comes from a family of stayers, with his sire also siring- Grade One three miler, The Storyteller; Beware The Bear who won the Ultima over three miles one at Cheltenham last year; and none other than Run Wild Fred, who was second in the Irish National and a very good staying type. On the Dam's side, she has produced Grand National second Suny Bay, and The Listener who won multiple grade ones over three miles. He's with the right trainer and has the pedigree. At 33/1 I like him here and if getting off to a flyer over hurdles next year, will only end up shorter.

The other selection I have sided with is a more speculative shot with little form we are taking it mostly on pedigree. Gringo D'aubrelle, trained by Denise Foster/Gordon Elliott when he's back. Bought at the Tattersalls sales after winning a point to point over three miles for £235,000. He only ran once this year in a bumper over about two and a half miles. I found it interesting they opted straight for a longer trip than the standard two miles. If you watch his point you can see how well he stayed that day going clear at the last and winning in style. What catches my eye most is his pedigree, his Sire has also sired some top horses at staying trips. Bristol De Mai, Apple's Jade, Alpha Des Obeaux, and more recently Gars De Sceax who I also think is top class over longer trips, having backed him for the RSA and National Hunt chase next year. They haven't bothered with two mile bumpers and I think this horse could be special, I'm excited to see him over hurdles this year and at 66/1 will have a speculative play now and hope he stays sound.

26/04 - This week one I fancy for next year is, Fakir Doudaries in the Ryanair. A good second to Allaho in this year's renewal, he was beaten some 12 lengths. With Allaho seemingly having a tilt at the Champion Chase next season and dropping in trip I think Fakir Doudaries is the next best in this division. He was beginning to look a nearly horse with many seconds but won very impressively in the Melling at Aintree. He has found his trip having been tried at 2 miles and not quite having the pace and seemingly not being suited to the 3 miles when trying that at Leopardstown. There seems to be few alternatives in terms of races for him and as long as he stays fit this will be where he ends up.

21/04 - This will be a quick post before the price goes, one we backed this year Elimay in the Mares Chase. 6/1 is currently available, very unlucky this year and for me would have won with a better ride. Colreevy, this year's winner has been covered by Walk In The Mill and won’t be running next year. Bar Honeysuckle who I think even if they go chasing with her, would more likely go to the Arkle or Marsh over this, and Elimay is just the most consistent alternative here.

19/04 - Another selection in a Mares' race, this time I'll be having a go on Glens of Antrim in the Mares' Novice. She ran a decent sixth in the race this year ahead of some of the market principles, she ran again at the weekend in the Fairyhouse equivalent of that race coming fourth. She'll head into next year as a second season novice and will hopefully follow in the Concertista footsteps and make good use of the extra experience. At 33/1 I'll be going each way but I'm very bullish on her chances here!

12/04 - It's been just over a week so here's two for you that I've been contemplating for the past few days. First up I was very taken by Echoes in Rain who has shortened drastically since winning easily at the weekend by 15 lengths, there are two potential targets for her next year, mainly the Mares Hurdle and the Champion Hurdle. She beat subsequent grade one winner, Belfast Banter by 8 lengths! For me, she's always been a horse that travels keenly but has an excellent turn of foot. I will take the chance on her staying at 2 miles in the Champion Hurdle but might also end up backing her for the mares to be safe as well at 8/1. She's currently 20/1 for the Champion Hurdle and may be able to give Honeysuckle to think about if not hopefully a place for us!

The next race interestingly is the Mares' Hurdle, where there is a few who I think have great chances. Echoes in Rain if she was to go there. Concertista and Black Tears will both most likely end up here again. But the one who I will side with for now is another I backed at this years festival, Telmesomethinggirl who won the Mares' Novice. She won that in good style and had some very good horses in behind, including Skyace who won well last weekend. She has previous form over the trip and I can see her being aimed at this and hopefully Henry and Rachael will be in similar form for us. She is 9/1 for the race currently and will have a decent bet here going 1pt each way.

31/03 - This weeks selection is going to be Gaillard Du Mesnil for the Festival Novices' Chase

Ran a cracker behind the excellent Bob Ollinger in the Ballymore. I think Bob just had too much speed for him that day and GDM actually stayed on well I thought, he has done nothing wrong so far in his career. I think he will most likely be campaigned at three miles next year having won at 2 miles 6, whereas Bob has the speed and I think will end up in the Marsh next year. I think this years' Albert Bartlett this year wasn't the best renewal and can’t have Gaillard at 25/1 if he goes here when Vanillier is 10/1 favourite! It's a long way out but I think if he starts off his chasing career well, will be much shorter come the festival.

23/03 - First up is one who we backed last time out when a convincing winner at 10/3 is Gars de Sceaux, I think they’ll be sending him chasing next year and there are two races I think he might go for. He is available at 40/1 currently for the Festival Novices’chase which I’ll take as an each way single. He impressed a lot when stepped up to three miles last time out and won going away under a hands a heels ride, he looked top class then. If the season doesn’t quite go to plan he may end up being aimed for the National Hunt which doesn’t tend to be as strong as the Festival Novices. He’s best priced at 50/1 for that and will have a backup single there too.


Week 1

Gars de Sceaux – Festival Novices' 40/1 0.5pts each way (23/03/21)

Gars de Sceaux – National Hunt Chase 50/1 0.5pts each way (23/03/21)

Week 2

Gaillard Du Mesnil - Festival Novices Chase' 25/1 0.5pts each way (31/03/21)

Week 3/4

Echoes In Rain - Champion Hurdle 20/1 0.5pts each way (12/04/2021)

Telmesomethinggirl - Mares' Hurdle 9/1 1pt each way (12/04/2021)

Week 5

Glens Of Antrim - Mares' Novice Hurdle 33/1 1pt each way (19/04/2021)

Elimay - Mares’ Chase 6/1 2pt win (21/04/2021)

Week 6

Fakir D'oudaries - Ryanair 12/1 0.5pts each way (26/04/2021)

Week 7

Ramillies - Albert Bartlett 33/1 0.5pts each way (03/05/2021)

Gringo D'aubrelle - Albert Bartlett 66/1 0.5pts each way (03/05/2021)

Week 8

Grand Paradis - National Hunt Chase 40/1 0.5pts each way (10/05/2021)

Week 9

Journey With Me - Ballymore 18/1 0.5pts each way (17/05/2021)

Week 10 Stepney Causeway - Arkle 33/1 0.5pts each way (24/05/2021)

Week 11

Jungle Boogie- Marsh 25/1 0.5pts each way (31/05/2021)

Week 12

Galvin - Cross Country 12/1 1pt win (07/06/2021)

Week 13

Balco Coastal - Ballymore 50/1 0.5pts each way (14/06/2021)

Week 14

Fusil Raffles - Ryanair 40/1 0.5pts each way (21/06/2021)

Week 15

Benaud - Any Race 16/1 0.5pts each way (28/06/2021)

Week 16

Sir Gerhard - Supreme 13/2 1pt win (05/07/2021)

Week 17

Minella Escape - Festival Novices' Chase 50/1 0.5pts each way (12/07/2021)

Week 18

The Glancing Queen - Mares' Hurdle 40/1 0.5pts each way (19/07/2021)

Week 19

Next Destination - Gold Cup 80/1 0.5pts each way (26/07/2021)

Week 20

The Bosses Oscar - Stayers' Hurdle 40/1 0.5pts each way (02/08/2021)

Week 21

Saint Roi - Arkle 33/1 0.5pts each way (09/08/2021)

Week 22

Sharjah - Champion Hurdle 20/1 0.5pts each way (16/08/2021)

Week 23

Southfield Harvest - National Hunt Chase 33/1 0.5pts each way (23/08/2021)

Week 24

Monmiral - Arkle 16/1 0.5pts each way (30/08/2021)

Week 25

Bob Olinger - Festival Novices Chase (PP & Betfair) 20/1 1pt win (06/09/2021)

Dusart - Marsh 25/1 0.5pts each way (06/09/2021)

Week 26

Ginto - Ballymore 50/1 0.5pts each way (13/09/2021)

Week 27

Grangee - Mares' Novice Hurdle - 16/1 0.5pts each way (20/09/2021)

Week 28

Ha D'Or - Supreme & Ballymore - Both 66/1 0.5pts each way (27/09/2021)

Week 29

Minella Melody - Mares' Chase - 25/1 0.5pts each way (04/10/2021)

Week 30

Grangeclare West - Supreme - 33/1 0.5pts each way (11/10/2021)

Week 31

Gentleman Joe - Triumph - 33/1 1pt win

Honeysuckle/Thyme Hill - Champion Hurdle/Stayers - 17/1 double 1pt win (18/10/2021)

Week 32

Ferny Hollow - Arkle - 10/1 2pt win

Telmesomethinggirl/Allaho - Mares Hurdle/Ryanair - 44/1 1pt win double

Allaho - Ryanair - 4/1 2pt win (25/10/2021)

Week 33

Grand Paradis - Festival Novices Chase - 40/1 0.5pts each way (01/11/2021)

Week 34

Jungle Boogie - Stayers’ Hurdle - 25/1 0.5pts each way (08/11/2021)

Week 35

Vanillier - National Hunt Chase - 10/1 1pt win (15/11/2022)

Week 36

Burning Victory - Mares’ Hurdle - 33/1 0.5pts each way (22/11/2021)

Week 37

Honeysuckle/Bob Olinger - Champion Hurdle/Marsh - 5.5/1 double 2pts win (29/11/2021)

Coqolino - Any race - 14/1 (William Hill) 1pt each way (29/11/2021)

Abacadabras - Stayers Hurdle - 33/1 0.5pts each way (29/11/2021)

Week 38

Vaucelet - Foxhunters Chase - 14/1 0.5pts each way (06/12/2021)

Balko Des Flos - Cross Country - 10/1 0.5pts each way (06/12/2021)

Week 39

Pats Fancy - National Hunt Chase/Any Race- 100/1 0.25pts each way & 25/1 0.5pts each way (13/12/2021)

Week 40

Itswhatunitesus - Champion Bumper - 20/1 0.5pts each way (20/12/2021)

Week 41

Largy Debut - Supreme - 14/1 0.5pts each way (27/12/2021)

Colonel Mustard - Any Race - 14/1 0.5pts each way (27/12/2021)

Week 42

Pied Piper - Boodles - 16/1 1pt each way 5 places (PP/Betfair) (03/01/2022)

Week 43

Melon - Ryanair - 50/1 0.5pts each way (Skybet) (10/01/2022)

Week 44

Full Back - Ultima - 25/1 0.5pts each way 5 places (17/01/2022)

Magic Saint - Grand Annual - 33/1 1pt each way 5 places (17/01/2022)

Week 45

Ebasari - Boodles - 33/1 0.5pts each way 5 places (24/01/2022)

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