It’s the calm after the storm, now the dust has settled on the Grand National. What a fantastic advertisement for National Hunt racing the last month has been with two ding dong battles for the biggest crowns in British National Hunt racing. The Gold Cup at Cheltenham last month was a fantastic race and it was befitting that the Grand National went the same way. Davy Russell, was not so long ago the villain after what was caught on Camera in Ireland, but fair play to him, with all he has gone through. Not only did he change public perception, but he showed what a fantastic jockey he really is and what happened, was an error and out of character.
With that all behind us now, we can focus on a few other things and today we bring you a Newmarket Final Word. But before we get there, Charlie will give you his Selection’s for a Tuesday and Rich will take you through some of the runner’s at Newmarket as the Flat get’s into full Swing!
Cheers Rich, before we get down to today’s Selections,I have some results from Saturday to go through, so on that note please find Saturday’s Results listed below.
Debece –led before making mistakes ran on for 4th place Advised Eachway at 8-1 for minor place return.
Thomas Patrick -led from start to finish Winning quite comfortably by 4 lengths Advised as a Win bet at 4-1 and ensured the day was profitable.
Ucello Conti -Tried to take them on from the front and looked tired when unshipping Daryl Jacob 4 from home. Tiger Roll was incredible to hang on in the closing stages to deny Pleasant Company in a dramatic photo finish, I can’t recall seeing a finish as dramatic as that in the last decade so it’s obvious the changes made in recent years seem to be doing the trick.
Now that’s Saturday’s results sorted, it’s now time to get back on track with Tuesday’s Selections and they are listed below.
Wizards Bridge -Has won last two races and is in a nice run of form has only been raised 2lb for last win and steps up in trip tomorrow, normally runs over 3m so the extra 6f is a slight concern but I’m chancing that it will bring further improvement and gets the nod as my 3rd best selection.
Achill Road Boy -Won here over course and distance on the 31st March beating Misfits by 4lengths, has been raised 7lbs for that victory but remains on a workable mark, he acts on soft and heavy ground hence why it’s my Next Best Selection.
Storm Over -Has won 3 times from last 5 runs. Latest win came at Catterick back in October last year over 5f in a Class 2 Handicap. Has an extra 5lb to contend with but goes well fresh and with Luke Morris doing the steering is my Nap Selection.
Well that’s my thoughts on Tuesday’s selections, good luck if following and please remember to keep stakes small so it doesn’t hurt your pocket. I will now hand you over to Rich for The Final Word.
Final Word – Newmarket.
Following on from the introduction, it was fantastic to know that fro the 6th year in a row that all the runners in the Grand National came home, safe and sound. It is testament to Aintree, their staff, the jockey’s , vets and most importantly the stable staff, who look after the horses on a daily basis, that they have them all back and safe. On a personal note, I thought that the race, was one of the best I have seen for a fair while and the finish was a fantastic advertisement for not only The Grand National, but for NH Racing as a whole.
With that safely behind us, we can look forward to a Flat season, which is about to break into full swing and with the weather set fine for the rest of the week, the ground will finally start to come back to what it should be at this time of the year. I have focused on the only Flat meeting of the day at Newmarket, where we have some nice maiden’s and a Class 1 Listed contest to have a gander at, so let’s get cracking…
The opening race (1.50) the 7f maiden has been won by John Gosden in 3 of the last 4 running’s and this year, he saddles ELHAFFEI, who is a Speightstown Colt. A debut 4th by 4 lengths at Lingfield on the All Weather back in November, on what was his only 2 year old start. Owned by the AL Maktoum family and has retained Jockey Jim Crowley on board.
The same combination team up for the Maiden over 7f at 2.25 with JAWWAAL, a twice race Bahamian Bounty colt, who was 3rd on debut over C/D back in July and wasn’t beaten far, only 1 & 3/4 lengths. Turned out again last August at Newbury in a 7f maiden, finishing a 1 length 3rd.
Following on from my recent article about Scat Daddy, I am watching for them as they run and Aiden O’Brien saddles a 2 year old Scat Daddy Colt in the 5f Novice Stakes at 3.00. A nice debut for VAN BEETHOVEN with Ryan Moore on board, as you may or may not be aware all AOB first time out runners, come with a MAY NOT WIN warning and this is no different, however I will be tracking his Progress.
Charlie Appleby runs SYMOLIZATION(3.35) in the 7f Conditions Stakes. The Cape Cross colt was runner up over C/D on race course debut back last August, only beaten 1 & 1/2 lengths. Won when last seen back in September over 7f from Glendevon at Kempton(AW) in a Novice Stakes, class 4 and the runner up has since won. Makes seasonal return.
And finally we get to the Feilden Stakes (4.45), a Class 1 Listed race, run over 1m 1f for 3 year olds. Mark Johnson runs MILDENBERGER, who won his first two starts last season as a 2 year old before finishing 3rd in the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood. Won the Listed Stonehenge Stakes at Salisbury later in August before finishing the season with a 3rd by 2 lengths to Roaring Lion in the Royal Lodge Stakes over 1m at this course. James Doyle is on board as the Teofilo colt makes his seasonal appearance stepping up from 1m to 1m 1f. The danger could come from Aiden O’Brien, who saddles KEW GARDENS, who won the Zetland Stakes here when last seen and carries a penalty for that win into today’s race.
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