5.30pm Disappointed with the Newbury card and the race of the day is the Graduation chase, the 2.40 at Market Rasen!
Market Rasen 2.40 KILCREA VALE 2/1 general
Newbury 2.55 BRANDON HILL 6/1 PP 5/1 general
Market Rasen 3.15 ATTIMO 9/4 Ladbrokes
Market Rasen 3.45 MOVIE LEGEND 11/4 PP
and here’s why
Market Rasen 2.40 KILCREA VALE What a cracking contest this is. Always highly thought of by Seven Barrows he looked clumsy as a hurdler although displaying talent I think fences have been the making of him and was wildly impressed with his last run when his jumping was slick and straight. In Three Musketeers and Kings Odyssey he has two worthy opponents but both failed to complete last time. The other one to mention is Blakemount who represents the red hot Sue Smith/Danny Cook combo. However the horse disappoints more often than not, seemingly his right trip is anyone’s guess! I think Kilcrea Vale can go onto Graded races whereas the other three may well have a big handicap pot in them.
Newbury 2.55 BRANDON HILL A trappy heat and my lucky pin has come down on this improving 9yo trained by the shrewd Tom Lacey and ridden by the immaculate Noel Fehily. Brandon Hill was off from January 2015 to November 2016, supposedly injured, but since returning this son of Beneficial had an educational run behind Pobbles Bay and then hacked up in a 3m novices handicap chase at Warwick. Jumps well, stays well and improving. That’ll do for me!
Market Rasen 3.15 ATTIMO Not often I’ll put up a son of Nayef to win a 2m 5f chase but I like what Samantha and Jonathon England are doing from their Guiseley, Yorkshire base. Opposition is mediocre at best and I prefer Attimo to the other last time winner Unzing representing family Pogson!
Market Rasen 3.45 MOVIE LEGEND Looks to be running into form despite being a ten race maiden. Back hurdling his run at Doncaster when third suggests this is the right grade and trip. Lucy Wadham has already had two winners this month and Jack Sherwood is 3 from 5 when riding for the yard.
Tuesday Close but no cigar!
Ayr 2.20 CLAN LEGEND 12/1 PP 11/1 BetFred 5th 12/1
Ayr 2.55 KILBREE CHIEF 9/2 general 3rd 10/3
Ayr 3.30 PLUS JAMAIS 11/2 general 2nd 7/2 beaten head
Ayr 4.00 PIKARNIA 6/1 PP 11/2 general PU 11/4F !!!
Irishracing.com Tue 17th Jan 2017, 13:14 Noel Meade is looking forward to running Road To Riches in the Irish Gold Cup.
Meade has been held up with his stable star this season after he was pulled up in the Galway Plate. It was a rush to get him to the Lexus at Christmas but Meade was happy with his run in eighth and expects him to be much closer next month at Leopardstown. “He’s in tremendous form. I was delighted with him at Leopardstown because I was getting there a bit quick but I was keen to give him a run when the ground came up good,” said Meade. “He ran well, he jumped well but he just got a bit tired at the end. He’ll definitely go for the Hennessy (Irish Gold Cup) and I hope he’s a contender, I’m very happy with him anyway. I forget about the rest and if I get my horse right I’m happy to go wherever but I’m hoping to run in the (Cheltenham) Gold Cup and I hope he keeps going the way he is at the moment because he looks tremendous.”
Richard Johnson Betway Blog 16th Jan.
Kalondra travelled really well in the Lanzarote. After three out I thought I had a really good chance. I was looking at Barry Geraghty on Modus and felt that we were going as well. I just don’t think the ground suited and he got tired in it. It was very sticky and hard work, so he should improve on the better ground in the spring. He was definitely competitive off that mark so there should be some more opportunities for him.
Modus did it well. He was a decent bumper horse and looked like he enjoyed the step up in trip.
I thought Ozzie The Oscar ran much better than at Newbury, he just didn’t get home on the ground. He will probably wait until the spring now and the return to decent ground should see him improve.
Attheraces King Plans For His Top Horses Tue 17th Jan 2017, 12:03
Yanworth is set to have his prep run for the Champion Hurdle in the Betfred ‘Follow Us On Twitter’ Contenders Hurdle at Sandown on February 4. The Alan King-trained seven-year-old showed he was a worthy candidate for the two-mile showpiece when winning the Christmas Hurdle despite Kempton not being his ideal track. King wants to give the JP McManus-owned gelding another outing before aiming him at Cheltenham. “He’ll go to Sandown for the Contenders (Hurdle) and we’ll take it from there,” the Barbury Castle handler told At The Races. “He’s a horse that’s taken time to mature and he’s never been beaten over two miles. I think Cheltenham will suit him better than Kempton, with a bit more emphasis on stamina. He’s very much in the mix and we’re lucky to have him.” King indicated Yanworth’s future could lie over fences, adding: “I think he’ll end up chasing sooner rather than later. I think he’ll love a fence when the time comes.”
King has a possible second string to his Champion Hurdle bow in Sceau Royal. The trainer has not lost faith in the five-year-old, who disappointed in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle after easily landing the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton. Sceau Royal is set to return to the Somerset track for the Betway Kingwell Hurdle next month. “He wasn’t quite right after Newcastle and he will go to the Kingwell. I think he could be the forgotten horse in the race (Champion Hurdle),” said King. “He travelled really well in the Fighting Fifth but he didn’t quite see his race out. He’s definitely better than he showed that day.”
King gave updates on a few of his other Cheltenham Festival hopefuls, including Challow Hurdle winner Messire Des Obeaux, who is set to have one more run before a tilt at the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle. “He’s a grand horse and has been very progressive this season,” said King. “He’ll either go to Cheltenham on Trials Day or we’ll go to Huntingdon for the Sidney Banks. He’ll have an entry in the Supreme as well as the Neptune, but he won’t be entered in the three-miler (Albert Bartlett). I think the Neptune is probably his race.”
Uxizandre could return to action later this month for the first time since he won the Ryanair Chase in 2015 “He’s in the Queen Mother and he’s also in the Ryanair. He’ll either go to Doncaster or Cheltenham on the 28th,” said King. “We’re a bit limited about where to run him as he has to go left-handed.”
Smad Place is on course to try to repeat last year’s victory in the BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham on January 28 ahead of a possible Gold Cup bid if the ground was suitable. “The plan is to run him at Cheltenham in the Cotswold like he did last year. It will probably be that or Newbury,” said King. “If it was softish ground, I would think we will probably run in the Gold Cup and try to pick up the pieces.”