Big races

TV Tips, Festival, Thursday, Day 3

Post-Racing update: Terrefort ran up against a decent horse and wasn’t quite good enough in the end. Louis Vac Pouch is a much better horse than that; Hobbs had a terrible season by his standards and I sympathise with him and the yard.  I was yelling at Townend to let Un De Sceaux go when he began pulling for his head – absolutely pointless wasting a horse’s energy fighting with it – especially with Un De Sceaux; there’s always going to be just one winner in that contest, as Ruby quickly accepted last year. By the time Townend gave in, he’d burnt a fair amount of fuel.

Time for me to accept The New One doesn’t stay that trip. Always thought him a stayer but he had no excuse, travelled well, and just found nothing. Hopefully you backed Penhill too based on the post last week.

Guitar Pete hardly jumped a fence. He’d have finished much closer with a good round although I doubt he’d have won. Anyway, we go into tomorrow (counting the free bets) with a deficit of £23.52


Another great day’s racing on Wednesday. There have been some thrilling finishes despite widely held misgivings (including mine) that there might be many messy races.

Onto Thursday…unless otherwise recommended, you should place your bets with Boylesports for everything after the 1.30. Boylesports have a good free bet offer covering first and last fence fallers and the fav winning.

Best bookie for the 1.30 is Skybet who will refund stakes on all losers up to £20.



1.30 JLT

Hopefully you took my tip from March 5th and backed Terrefort at 8/1. He’s half that price now and I’m still confident he will run a big race.

Terrefort  4/1  Skybet


2.10  Pertemps

I backed Louis Vac Pouch in his first outing at Chepstow where he was a shade unlucky in a very hot race.  Trainer Hobbs has had a terrible season, suggesting he’s had some sort of virus in the yard. I can only hope that Louis Vac Pouch has bot been affected because I fancy him here quite strongly.

He has his quirks; can be keen and also idled badly at Aintree but he has plenty of talent and should have improved again a fair bit.

Louis Vac Pouch  8/1 Boylesports


2.50 Ryanair

Cue Card is a very dear favourite of mine, as he is with almost everyone in racing, but I think he had a really hard race last time behind Waiting Patiently and I’m not willing to take the chance that he has recovered.

Un De Sceaux won this last year and I think he’ll win it again. His record speaks for itself and it’s a shame Ruby has to miss the ride, although Un De Sceaux carted him last year. Best backed with Coral who refund stakes on fallers as a free bet

Un De Sceaux  11/10  Coral


3.30 Stayers Hurdle

Last week I tipped Penhill in this in anticipation of a gamble driven by his owner Tony Bloom, who landed a huge touch in last year’s Cesarewitch.

But he’s drifted from 8/1 to 12/1 and that suggests I’ve read this wrong, unless we see heavy support for him in the morning.

So, I’ll revert to my original tip from back in December, The New One. I’ve always thought staying was his true talent although his trainer obviously does not agree having campaigned him for so long at 2 miles.

But eh was a fine stayer as a youngster, running some great races over 2m5f in bad ground. He will do for me.

The New One  14/1 Boylesports


4.50 Brown & Merribelle

Guitar Pete looks fine value at 20/1. He won a decent race here in December, albeit because of the sad demise of leader Starchitect. But he’s a good horse who’s been improving. He’s basically a sound jumper but can just lose concentration at times. Hopefully, he’ll keep his mind on the job throughout.

Best back him with Coral in case he does fall.

Guitar Pete  20/1  Coral


Enjoy the racing and don’t bet more than you can afford to lose with a smile.







1 reply »

  1. I’ve taken a chance on Lovenormoney (25/1) and Mercian Prince (25/1) in the big handicaps on TV and as I’m struggling to find an edge in the other TV races I’m happy to just sit and watch those.

    Good luck


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