Bristol De Mai was most disappointing today and I simply don’t believe that is his form nor anything like it. He will bounce back.
Onward and upward with Wednesday’s selections.
Robert Walford’s yard is in good form and Dusky Lark has won on heavy ground. He disappointed in his last two races but those were at 3m. He’s back at his winning distance in this and at the price, I’m happy to take a chance he’ll bounce back to form.
Dusky Lark 14/1
I’ll go with Chef D’Oeuvre, a heavy ground specialist (4 from 5) out of the yard that won this last year. He’s blinkered for the first time and Johnson was originally booked before being injured today.
Chef D’Oeuvre 10/1
Sussex Ranger really impressed me last time when he won easily at Sandown. I’m a bit uneasy about current yard form, especially in light of the superb form Nick Williams is in (he has the second fav here). But I can’t desert Sussex Ranger who could prove very smart indeed.
Sussex Ranger 2/1
My tip for this is Silsol who also rates the NAP given the value he offers. Full reasoning here.
I’ll go with the Nicholls second string here, Cyrname in the belief that he’ll show up better than Newbury last time now that he returns to a right handed track.
I’ll stay with Jester Jet, the horse I tipped when she ran a good race in 3rd last time. This will be her first race carrying a top-name jockey in Fehily and it’ll be interesting to see if that makes a difference.
Jester Jet 3/1
Very hard to oppose Politilogue here but I’m taking a small stake chance with Forest Bihan. They met recently at Exeter where Forest Bihan ran no race and was pulled up (trainer reported a bad blood reading when he got home). He was 5/1 that day against Politologue’s 5/2. They met at Aintree last year too when Politologue came down at the last when looking to have every chance. Ironically, had the Nicholls horse stood up, Forest Bihan might have won rather than being caught on the post having idled badly. Expect to see him challenge very late tomorrow.
Forest Bihan 11/1
Holly Bush Henry has run two good races over hurdles this season and looks solidly in form. He hasn’t run over fences for some time but I”m happy to take a chance with him under the talented 7lb claimer Daniels Sansom who won on him last time.
Holly Bush Henry 11/2
Finally, the big handicap chase in Ireland. It’s not on TV but I’m going to have a couple of pounds each way on Bay Of Freedom who ran really well to be third of 18 in the Kerry National. He seems to enjoy big fields and could spring a surprise here. Worth a £1ew double with Silsol at 33/1 (Hills).
Enjoy the racing and don’t bet more than you can afford to lose with a smile.