Welcome to arseonlinetips. A 100% independent racing website brought to you by 2 racing enthusiasts and not a single affiliate link in sight…. Charlie hails from Glasgow, while Rich is from the Isle of Wight, miles apart but united by the sport of kings….
Charlie was amongst the winners again yesterday and Final Word had a winner and one to keep an eye on with Thomas Darby running a fine race at Ascot. Todays card a very impressive and the highlight has to be the Lancashire Chase at Haydock(3.00)…
It’s a standard blog again with Charlies Selections and Rich having the Final Word, so lets get cracking and see what we have in store for you all today?
River Wylde -Was a fair 3rd in the Supreme two seasons back. Made winning chase debut at Uttoxeter last November, was then sent to Cheltenham later that month and finished 2nd some 18 length behind North Hill Harvey. Has been absent since and has undergone wind surgery in that time and a chance is taken that he wins on reappearance today and at 100-30 is a price I’m happy to take.
Cyrus Darius -Has some good form in the book, having won a Class 3 Handicap Chase at Ayr on heavy going over 2m 4f. Was then sent to Haydock to contest a Class 2 Chase over 2m 6f and finished 4th. Next race was at Wetherby over 1m 7f in a Class 2 Handicap Chase and finished 3rd. Was then rested until February this year and made a winning return at Kelso in a Class 2 Hurdle over 2m 2f beating Better Getalong by 12 lengths. Was then sent to Aintree to race over 2m 4f in a Class 1 Group 1 hurdle and finished 5th behind Liami Serge. Has now moved yards from Ruth Jefferson to Colin Tizzards and has undergone wind surgery, although he’s the oldest in this field the wind surgery could spark a return to the form shown at Ayr and Kelso previously.
Modus -Won at Kempton in February over 2m 4f in a Class 2 Chase before disappointing in Class 1 chases at Cheltenham and Aintree both over 2m 4f. Returned to Cheltenham to contest another Class 2 Chase taking a drop in trip to 2m and won beating Duke of Navan by a head. There could be more to come from Modus who races off 6lb lower than hurdles mark and is taken to be victorious today.
Well that’s my thoughts on today’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 back over to Rich for the Final Word.
Final Word with Rich –
Thanks Charlie, another nice winner from you and we are looking great heading into todays racing…. Lets see what we have for you…. All from the fine National Hunt cards….
Ascot… Good to Soft…
12.55…. Bristol Chase(Novice Handicap)… Class 3… 2m 8f…
Cresswell Legend… Beaten a head on Chase debut over 2m 4f at Perth in September before finishing 9 lengths behind Drovers Lane(yes won on Thursday) over 3m. With Drovers and the 3rd also since winning the form is decent. Add to the mix that Cresswell is 2 from 2 over the distance and we could well have a winner on our hands….
2.05 Christy 1965 Chase… Grade 2… 2m 5f…
Politologue…. Has won on both seasons return since going chasing. The 7YO grey gelding is a 3rd season chaser and was a C/D winner of the Mitie Noel Chase in December 2016. He was last seasons Melling Chase winner at Aintree and has 2 Grade 1 wins under his belt and makes his seasonal bow here….
Haydock… Good to Soft…
1.15 Graduation Chase…. Class 2… 2m 5f 127yds…
River Wylde… Nicky Henderson’s Oscar gelding was a 3 length winner on Chase debut over 2m in a Class 3 at Uttoxeter on November 3rd 2017 and went to Cheltenham in the Arkle Trail(Grade2) on November 19th 2017. He finished 18 lengths behind North Hill Harvey in a 3 horse race. He has since had wind surgery and a year off. You could take the Arkle Trail form with a pinch of salt, but I look at it this way…. North Hill was 2nd in the King George VII to Might Bite and had every chance in the Grand Annual at Cheltenham when falling, while *Ozzie the Oscar(3rd that day) has won 2 Class 2 Handicap Chases and finished 1/2 length runner up to Gods Own in the Exeter Gold Cup earlier this month…..
*Ozzie the Oscar runs in the Hurst Park Handicap Chase at Ascot today(3.15)
2.25 Stayers Handicap… Grade 3… 3m 53yds…
First Assignment…. Arrives here looking for a 3rd win in 3 runs, having landed a 9 length C1 Listed contest at Cheltenham just last Saturday and runs under a penalty. If last weeks excursions have had no ill effects the step up in Grade could well be very rewarding….
3.00 Lancashire Chase…. Grade 1… 3m 1f 125yds…
Where to start here… Lets start with the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Native River, who only had 2 runs last season starting at Newbury when beating Cloudy Dream before heading to Cheltenham to beat Might Bite by 4 & 1/2 lengths in a fantastic display of staying power. The Newbury run was his first win after a break and this could be his undoing today…
Might Bite won on season return last season when landing the Class 1 Intermediate Chase from Frodon by 8 lengths and his only defeat last season was at the hands of Native River having finished the season at Aintree in April when landing the Bowl by 7 lengths from Bristol De Mai….
And that brings us to Bristol Da Mai, was the winner of this race last season by a huge margin on heavy ground and was rated 173 at Kempton after his win here. He is now 165 and is having his second run after wind surgery last season but prefers the ground to be a lot softer. That said if he knows he can breath better now he could be a danger, although the ground is a big player…
Thistlecrack went the 2015/16 season over hurdles unbeaten, landing 3 Grade 1’s in the process and on the back of that season went chasing, he was in fine form landing the King George VII in his debut season before an epic battle with the late Many Clouds at Cheltenham in the Cotswold Chase(G2) but sadly injuries have blighted last season with only 2 runs and finishing 5th in the Long Distance hurdle on December 1st before finishing 4th to Might Bite in the King George VII on Boxing Day and has not been seen since, this is his season return like the rest of the field….
A safe return for all the horses today….
That is everything for you today folks…. Thanks for your continued support
All the Best – Charlie & Rich