Good evening from the Major who writes a brief post of tomorrows key action.
Firstly a moment to wallow in the glory. The good form continues and the Major was delighted to have picked out several winners yesterday.
I am sure you will all follow me religiously now as I hurtle solidly towards the cold list. There are plenty of seats on this bus.
Of todays racing, I was most taken with Rigadin de Beauchene. His win was a great harmony of equine determination and stamina coupled with a jockey who kept on when most would have of cried enough. McCoy would have been proud.
Sunday is coming to us and we shall try to uncover a few likely sorts. If you had some winners today, I trust you are doing what is right… Investing in your Cheltenham position.
I will write some ante post Cheltenham pieces soon but my portfolio holds Zarkander as well as Grandouet, Dynaste, Simonsig, Taquin du Seuil (mainly for the Neptune for which I need a fair wind), Quevega (Mares hurdle is my reckoning), Oscar Whisky (World Hurdle) and Long Run in the main event.
To Sunday and the sports…
Navans Grade C Chase – 3.15
This is a trappy old race and a number of interesting horses show up.
Saoirse Dun competed well in lesser events before slipping up at Cork. I’m not sure that form is good enough but he is progressing and will be OK on the ground – Could be a danger for all off a featherweight. Harpsy Chord on the other hand was running well in a much stronger race at Limerick when coming a cropper, he is a contender. That holds Somekindsuprstar and Armaramak.
Tarquinius has done well in winning his last two races, he has some good course form too. Conditions pose no problem either.
It really comes down to which race you want to take a form line from, which horses will handle the testing conditions and which pilots you trust the most.
Harpsy Chord and Tarquinius are my favoured two with preference for the former (9/2 Boylesports). I would not put you off a reverse forecast play too at juicy prices.
Kelso Tips – Sunday
I have more fancies on the Kelso card, let us see if we can find a few winners.
I really do like the favourite in the first, Woodpole Academy (Back over evens), plenty in his favour. The Newcastle win has been well franked by Maybe I Wont who was runner-up but then demolished the field on his next outing. The McCain / Maguire machine is taken to do its work.
Fentara looks a pick in the second but I can neither trust that one to clear the fences well enough or find enough merit in the rest of the field.
In the 1.50 – You have to be on Corrin Wood. Could Gervin Chambertin had been more impressive last time out? Yet Corrin Wood gave him a real battle on his penultimate start losing by a small margin. Having won well on his last start, you can only interpret that as thoroughly progressive. He is likely to be 1/2 but I will be including it in my multiples – You might be reading it thinking that I am a lazy tipster for offering this but what can I say – Horse is class, the team are in good form, he is proven on the surface – He should win!
In the 2.20 it is really difficult to rate Sergeant Pink and Gleann Na Ndochais. Their last race saw the latter seemingly get on top before the former rallied and won. A 4lb reverse, plus an error by Gleann Na Ndochais give it a fine chance but Sergeant Pink is a horse that is less exposed over fences and I stick with it tentatively at 5/2.
That’s all I like at Kelso as the last three races look overly complex.
Courage and roll those dice…