Friday 6.30pm Looking forward to the weekend racing from Scotland to Dubai, the start of the Irish turf Flat season and please a couple of winners on the Lucky 15!!
Amused to see what I suggested we discuss in last night’s blog was a major article on the subject, Mullins v Elliott, in today’s Racing Post. Glad they took the hint.
Saturdays Lucky 15
Newbury 1.50 VIEUX LILLE 6/1 general
Newbury 3.35 HYGROVE PERCY 11/1 general 9/1 PP
Newbury 4.10 SIR ANTHONY BROWNE 7/4 general
Bangor 4.35 THREE WAYS 13/2 Ladbrokes 6/1 general
and hopefully this is why
Newbury 1.50 VIEUX LILLE Ever since Vieux Lille was a running on second albeit at a respectable distance to Yala Enki in the Tommy Whittle Chase at Haydock I’ve had him down to win a decent 3m+ staying chase. Good to Soft on fresh ground should be ideal and the Hobbs yard are flying post Cheltenham, four winners and five seconds, and a trade mark creepy, creepy ride from Richard Johnson should do the trick.
Newbury 3.35 HYGROVE PERCY Keeps cropping up in form lines as I looked back at Cheltenham. Could easily have won five out of the last six but twice he got the final flight wrong. Has a racing weight and the peerless Noel Fehily in the saddle. The trainer seems fairly bullish. Neil Mulholland blog http://www.jumpsracing.co.uk “We were pleased with Hygrove Percy on his re-appearance last time out and he wouldn’t have to improve much to be in the mix at Newbury on Saturday in the juvenile handicap hurdle.”
Newbury 4.10 SIR ANTHONY BROWNE Disappointing to be beaten last time at Fontwell, probably didn’t see out the extra 3f but steps back to two miles here on a galloping track on better ground. At the start of the season Sir Anthony Browne was expected to be a leading novice at Barbury Castle but not everything has gone to plan and this is an ideal opportunity to get back to winning ways.
Bangor 4.35 THREE WAYS Possibly the best horse in Jamie Snowdens yard but he just missed the cut in the Pertemps eight days ago so he should be as fit as a butchers dog and he goes to Bangor for a C3 instead of Kelso for C2. Ms Page Fuller, who rode him to victory last time, takes off 7lb giving him a racing weight. From his blog it is implied that he had a chance at the Festival and his owner, Mr David Brownlow (Made his money through the Huntswood Recruitment Agency then “In 2013 David founded Havisham Group, an investment and trading group that invests in both new and established business in the UK and overseas” and according to his website is “Philanthropist, mentor, friend”. He is apparently on the Rich List.) forked out £190K for this son of Flemensfirth and Jamie Snowden won’t have too many of those in his yard! Three Ways stayed on well to win at Doncaster last time and can take this en route to a successful chasing career.
Jamie Snowden News on Website “Having been placed in a Grade 2 at Chepstow and a Class 2 novice at Cheltenham earlier this season, I was delighted to get Three Ways into the winners enclosure in a competitive handicap at Doncaster last week. Page Fuller took 7lbs off top weight and gave him a terrific ride as he stayed on genuinely to the line when the second horse came to him. They pulled a mile clear of the 3rd horse home, who in turn was a mile clear of the remainder – so it was a decent performance. He will now go to the Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival.”
Across the cards there are a few others worth considering. Considering what I’ve said about Vieuyx Lille a solid run would be expected from Yala Enki in the televised 3.15 at Kelso. At Newbury it’s notebooks at the ready for the valuable bumper at 4.45 with plenty of lightly raced types from big yards. Meanwhile over in Ireland there is a reappearance from a horse that’s been in my tracker for372 days, Open Eagle, a wide margin November handicap winner before sent hurdling with Willie Mullins. It’s a watching brief as I’m sure he’s being prepped for Punchestown. However Ruby Walsh does ride so maybe he’s a trier? “I’d rather be starting him off over a shorter trip but the conditions of the race suit him and we’re hoping for a good performance“
Talking of Irishmen and horses off a long break, Aiden O’Brien saddles Kingfisher in Meydan after 508 days off! Ryan Moore rides looking to make amends for the nightmare he had in the Ascot Gold Cup. Would be some training feat. Meanwhile back at Thurles at 3.55 there is a Listed novice chase with the likes of Great Field and Diamond King taking apart.
The Irish turf Flat season starts at Naas on Sunday. Paul Hanagan rides four for Richard Fahey. That’s all I’m saying! Fahey is in Dubai on Saturday hoping to see Ribchester and William Buick pocket a cool £2.8million for winning the Dubai Turf. Nice work if you can get it.
Fridays Lucky 15
Doesn’t get much worse! No tea tonight, sitting on the naughty step, must do better!!
Newbury 2.30 MIDNIGHT MONTY PU 9/1 (8/1 general)
I can only apologise, that was awful! BHA Stewards Report “Nico de Boinville, the rider of MIDNIGHT MONTY, which was pulled up, reported that the gelding was never travelling.”
Newbury 3.05 SCOOBY PU 7/1 (8/1 general)
Opened on course at 11’s and backed in to 7’s. didn’t even make two out! BHA Stewards Report “Kielan Woods, the rider of SCOOBY (IRE), which was pulled up, reported that the gelding was hampered by the faller.”
Newbury 3.40 VINNIE RED PU 7/4F (10/3 Lads + BetFred)
Has an engine but jumping went to pot again and pulled up top of home straight. BHA Stewards Report “Paddy Brennan, the rider of VINNIE RED (IRE), the beaten favourite which was pulled up, reported that the gelding jumped poorly. The gelding’s trainer, Fergal O’Brien, added that VINNIE RED (IRE) had a breathing problem.” Back to the drawing board and probably a wind op?
Newbury 4.10 I’M A GAME CHANGER 4th 13/8F (7/4 Lads + BetFred)
Every chance from two out but well beaten. Looks a chaser in the making.