Thursday 6.30pm Looking forward to seeing Kelso on terrestrial television on Saturday as part of the ITV coverage and keep it quiet but I might have two for the weekend. More news as soon as I’ve seen them declared tomorrow.
Willie Mullins is going to clean up at the Punchestown Festival at the end of April.
Gordon Elliott will saddle half the runners in the Irish Grand National on Easter Monday.
Willie Mullins is 5/2 to be champion trainer in Ireland.
Fridays Lucky 15
Newbury 2.30 MIDNIGHT MONTY 8/1 general
Newbury 3.05 SCOOBY 8/1 general
Newbury 3.40 VINNIE RED 10/3 Lads + BetFred
Newbury 4.10 I’M A GAME CHANGER 7/4 Lads + BetFred
and hopefully this is why
Newbury 2.30 MIDNIGHT MONTY Plenty of disappointing types in here plus a possible improver in Global Dream who was beaten at Fakenham but has won twice at Leicester and is now up in trip and grade. The selection was with Keith Reveley and this home bred son of Midnight Legend is the first horse the owners have had with Tom Lacey. Twelve months ago he comfortably won a novice chase at Doncaster and with Newbury a similar flat, left handed galloping course I am hoping the new trainer will have him spot on for his first run in ten months to impress connections.
Newbury 3.05 SCOOBY Love the trainer and jockey, Messrs McPherson and Woods, and if the hood works again this 6yo will enjoy the trip and the ground and could easily defy the 8lb rise he got for comfortably winning at Taunton last time.
Newbury 3.40 VINNIE RED Disappointing last time here at Newbury, only third when well backed. I think this horse will leave his current mark of OR130 well behind in time and two reasons for sticking with him here. Firstly the prospect of better ground, it was “gluey” last time and secondly the application of a first time tongue tie. Big fan of the top weight Wild West Wind but I think Vinnie Red may have a bit too much speed for him. Keep an eye on Sykes because if he ever put in a clear round he has some serious back form.
Newbury 4.10 I’M A GAME CHANGER Massively impressed with his last victory when he easily saw off the 4yo dino Velvet at Ludlow that I have to stick with him here. Hopefully Noel Fehily will set a strong pace on the top weight, Optimus Prime, and I think that target and this galloping track will see The Game Changer improve further. Wouldn’t want a sprint.
Thursdays Lucky 15
Two pigs, an almost and a very good winner returned at an excellent price and no non-runners! £9.25 back for our £15.
Chepstow 3.15 BIG MEADOW 3rd 5/6F (6/4 WH 11/8 general)
This horse is a fine specimen and led by six lengths at the second last but once again emptied drastically before the final flight. Avoid until news of a wind op!
Cork 3.30 GURTEEN 6th 10/3 (7/2 WH 10/3 general)
I can only apologise. This horse didn’t lift a hoof! Two scenario’s, One is that he has an issue structurally or mentally or Two they are playing around and getting that handicap mark ready for Punchestown!
Ludlow 5.15 MIDTECH VALENTINE 2nd 3/1 (10/3 PP + WH 3/1 general)
Two errors in the last three flights didn’t help her try to win this race for the second year. Move on. Take note of the winner, Secret Door, who will now go to Haydock on Easter Saturday for the Mares final, a race she was third in last year. Fry is once again “a man with a plan”.
Ludlow 5.45 WHATSWRONGWITHYOU 1st 11/4 (9/4 general)
Seems the hood did the trick. Sat out the back but swept past in the straight and won well. Nicky Henderson has some useful novices and bumpers and this could be one of the better ones. Definite tracker material.