Saturday, 20 January 2018

2 pts win TINTERN THEARTRE 13/2 ( at least 6 firms)
1 pt win CAPTAIN REDBEARD 14/1 ( at least 3 firms inc, Hills and Victor)
Peter March Chase

Tintern Theartre has the profile of one that his trainer excels with, a staying novice chaser competing in open handicap company. This ground holds no fears for him, he won in the style of an animal quite a bit off his ceiling last time, and should give an excellent account of himself here.

Captain Redbeard won here in similar testing ground to todays last time. The 9 lb hike in the ratings is not lenient given the field was a bit depleted but you are halfway there if you are able to go in the conditions and he has a better chance than the weights and measures suggest.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

2 pts win INDIAN CASTLE 8/1 ( at least eight firms)
1 pt win ON THE ROAD 14/1 ( at least ten firms)
Classic H'cap Chase

Indian Castle has not developed into as good an animal as he promised to do when on that progressive streak when in the McCain yard four years go. He does however retain plenty of ability and has run two good races, both at Cheltenham , this season. He is clearly capable of winning off the sort of rating he races off, is in shrewd hands, and will not mind the testing ground.

Anyone fancying On The Road for the Welsh National must consider him here. He UR'd at the fourth that day, the first time he's ever parted with his rider. He has an overall profile of a promising staying handicap chaser with more improvement to come, and looks the right sort of type for this event.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 6 January 2018

2 pts win ASK THE WEATHERMAN 14/1 ( at least ten firms)
1 pt win ON THE ROAD  20/1 ( at least seven firms)
Welsh Grand National

Ask The Weatherman has won nine of his ten point-to-point starts and though he finished only seventh in the Cheltenham Foxhunters, he was not beaten far at all. He gave weight away all round when winning at Exeter in November on his seasonal debut. His connections have had numerous quality animals pass through their hands down the years and Ask The Weatherman, who acts in the mud, will not be here to make up the numbers.

On The Road has only had five outing over fences but was progressing pretty quickly at the end of last season. He acts in testing ground and appeals as one who will stay this trip. Had a nice sharpener over hurdles on his seasonal debut and catches the eye off a low weight.

Lost - 3 pts

Monday, 1 January 2018

3 pts win TOP GAMBLE 9/2 ( over three quarters of all firms)
Festival Betting H'cap Chase

This one is five pounds lower in the ratings than when running well in this last year. He is in his element in testing conditions and could not have been expected to match the class act he came up against at Cork last time. The stable had a couple of winners yesterday and he looks sure to give an excellent account of himself.

Lost - 3 pts

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Annual Results 2017

January   + 3 pts
February + 34 pts
March - 42 pts
April  - 33 pts
May  - 51 pts
July  +15 pts
August  - 14 pts
September  + 9 pts
October - 4 pts
November +65 pts
December + 12 pts

Loss of  - 18 pts

Saturday, 30 December 2017

3 pts win GRAND VISION 11/1 ( at least ten firms, 12's with four)
Mandarin H'cap Chase

This one is proven in very testing going, as it will be today. He arrives here on the back of a victory over 2m4f  at Lingfield but this trip will not inconvenience. In 2015 he was a staying on fourth in the Kim Muir, and his best run over hurdles was in this ground at this trip. Despite being eleven year old, a setback after the Kim Muir means he's only had ten runs over fences and is certainly not on the downgrade just yet.

Lost - 3 pts

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

3 pts win BAYWING 6/1 ( at least nine firms)
Rowland Meryck H'cap Chase

Had looked a real genuine Welsh National prospect and despite not having the best of starts to the season, rusty and disappointing first time out then falling at the first last time, it is still surprising that he wasn't left in the Chepstow event. Still, fact is this is the scene of his victory in the Towton last season where he looked pretty smart. The ground can not be testing enough for him and further rain would increase confidence further. Very much of interest.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win FOX NORTON  7/1 ( at least three firms inc PPower and Victor)
King George V1 Chase

Is untried beyond 2m 4f, but has all the other credentials that one would expect in a winner of this. Has turned into an honest, high class performer who you can set your watch by and arrives here on the back of two excellent performances. Not difficult to envisage him winning this.

Lost - 3 pts