So, first, a little rant about how rubbish BT are. I was really looking forward to doing a big preview about tomorrow’s excellent racing. However…near to a main city, I’ve had no internet connection since mid-morning. Their diagnostic tool didn’t work because, surprise surprise, the internet connection wasn’t working. I would pay in an instant for high speed internet but, after years of them telling me that the local exchange (Claughton) is fibre connected, it isn’t available. As of right now, according to Openreach, they “don’t have a plan for my area yet”. Apparently I’m in Wirral District B and, according to their schedule the availability is “now”, except that it’s not. What a complete shower. So, after that, on to the racing.
However, on TV (when it was working), I did see Kalashnikov well and truly beaten by Glen Forsa in the Grade 2 Kingmaker Chase. I’m afraid that the inevitable conclusion is that Kalashnikov was battered by the winner who, having been a Close Brothers’ candidate is now well beyond the 0-145 eligibility (was 138 and wouldn’t have got in on that).
Unsurprisingly, the cards reveal that not all the great head to heads have materialised but there is still some decent fare. The most notable absentee is Presenting Percy from the Red Mills Chase. I’ve been watching Twitter all day (on my phone) and the strong message is that the horse is 100% well and might run next weekend. Trainer Patrick Kelly is notoriously uncommunicative and, although I can’t claim credit for this, I love the conspiracy theory that, at 12/1, he is an absolute shoe in for the stayers’ hurdle!
It’s a great shame that Santini isn’t running this weekend because, like many others, he didn’t have a flu jab in time. However, he remains 3/1 favourite for the RSA.
So, on to tomorrow, and in light of the technical problems, just the selections.
12.30 Novices’ Hurdle Class 2 2m 4f
I Can’t Explain (15/8)
1.35 Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase Grade 2
Coup de Pinceau (10/1) although Top Ville Ben (11/4) is respected.
2.10 Swinley Chase (Listed)
This is perfect for Black Corton (5/2) for another Bryony Frost Saturday winner
2.45 Denman Chase Grade 2
This is a gift for Clan Des Obeaux (4/11) to follow up on his King George win. To be included in all permutations.
3.20 Betfair Hurdle Grade 3
Al Dancer (11/4) is a very good horse but I think that Getaway Trump (also 11/4) is a star in the making.
3.55 Ascot Chase Grade 1
For all that this is a great day of racing, this is the only Grade 1 and the highlight of the day. I’m against Waiting Patiently and strongly with Polititologue at a very appealing 3/1. A friend of mine rates Aso at an also very appealing 12/1.
12.50 Victor Ludorum Juvenile Hurdle
I really like this race as a prep for the big one and I’m delighted that the best British candidate, Quel Destin, has turned up. I think that he will definitely win at 10/11 and will shorten on the day. In fact I have just placed a substantial win bet so let’s hope that it is a good start to the day!
1.25 Warwick Mares’ Hurdle Class 1
I wouldn’t have highlighted this race were it not that I really like French listed winner Laskadine (15/8 – watch the price) for Nicky Henderson and J P McManus.
1.55 Rendlesham Hurdle Grade 2
Don’t back Yanworth. This one was entered in all sorts of races and I don’t think that they know where to go.
2.55 Pertemps Qualifier
Beware of this one because it’s all about qualifying, i.e. within the first six. A definite non bet option.
3.35 Grand National Trial Grade 3
Be very wary! These races are often treated not as trials but as objectives in themselves (£100,000 race). The best horse in this type of race is Wakanda but, unless I’m awash with money after the earlier races, I’ll be giving this one a big swerve.
4.10 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Grade 2
Now, we have a proper candidate in the shape of Kateson (7/4). My second favourite of the day. Also a bet placed.
4.45 Walrus Open Hunters’ Chase
This one tends to throw up a serious Cheltenham candidate. Pacha Du Polder is an obvious candidate but Road To Rome could be the Cheltenham winner this year.
Maybe more will follow but it’s now 23:24 and I’m going to have a time out!