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Todays blog is a standard blog that you guys will have become accustomed too, with Charlies Selections while Rich will have the Final Word… So without much of a song and a dance., lets crack on…
Before we get down to today’s selections let’s have a recap on yesterday, Eclat De Star could only manage to finish 2nd but Gonnabegood won as expected advised at 4-1, my final selection The Bottom Bar was unseated by a loose horse. Just the one winner yesterday but the amount of places i’ve had this season is frustrating the life out of me, hopefully I can kick on from yesterday’s winner and build on that.
Apples Shakira 🌟🌟 -Won 4 times in 2017 but failed to capitalise on that on both race starts this year finishing 4th at Cheltenham in March and then finishing 3rd at Aintree in April. She goes well fresh and at 7-2 seems overpriced considering previous form.
Chica Buena 🌟🌟 -Was 2nd at Listowel in September before winning a Maiden Hurdle at Balinrobe over 2m in September, was then sent to Sedgefield in October and won a Class 4 Hurdle over 2m 1f. Latest win came at Musselburgh in November in another Class 4 Hurdle beating Golden Jeffry by 1 and 1/4 length. Will need to step up again here but she’s in good shape and should be thereabouts again.
Milansbar 🌟🌟 -Is a bit of dark horse, won the Betfred Classic at Warwick then finished 5th in the Grand National at Aintree. Although soundly beaten at Aintree was 2nd in the Midlands National and goes well fresh and could be worth siding with in this wide open race.
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, lovely winner yesterday and always nice to land one the day before a huge Saturday, with so many fantastic national hunt horses flying over the fences…. I only looked at Aintree and Sandown, so lets start in Liverpool…
1.30 Handicap Chase… Grade 3… 3m 1f…
Ballyoptic… Won a Wetherby Grade 2 3m novice chase last season before finishing 4th in the RAS at Cheltenham at the festival in March before being very unlucky in the Scottish Grand National, when finishing runner up by a nose. A winner on chase debut last season, but that was after a hurdle run, so may need the run today but is certainly not adverse to winning in these conditions…
2.05 Many Clouds Chase… Grade 2… 3m 1f..
Definitly Red… Won this race last season and having won on season return it looks the likely winner in this contest, it is great to see the return from injury of 2017 Grand National winner One for Arthur…..
1.20 Handicap Hurdle… Class 2…. 2m 7f….
Another Emotion… A 6 length runner up on hurdle debut at Chepstow in March and improved to win when last seen at Ffos Las, when landing a C4 2m 4f novice hurdle by 1/2 a length, that race has yielded 2 winners next time out . Up in class on seasonal return, with more expected and could be one to keep an eye on for later in the season….
1.50 Henry VIII Chase…. Grade 1… 1m 7f 119yds…
Lalor… Grade 1 winning hurdler, who made a winning chase debut at Cheltenham in the Arkle Chase, Grade 2 on November 18th by 7 lengths from Dingo Dollars…. Diakali is 3 from 3 in this sphere and won a 2m novice chase at Cheltenham on season return by 9 lengths on October 26th and could be the main danger, up in class…
2.25 Handicap Hurdle… Class 1 Listed…. 1m 8f…
Apple’s Shakira… Made an impressive start to hurdles in the Uk having been brought over from France. Winning her first 3 races at Cheltenham, including 2 Grade 2 hurdles over 2m. Finished 4th in the JCB at the festival before finding it difficult in the Doom Bar at Aintree, when finishing a distant 3rd and may just need this ease in grade to kick start her career again, that said the 4yo filly is the top rated horse in the race against the boys and the slight drop in trip could well be in her favour too….
3.00 Tingle Creek…. Grade 1 Class 1…. 1m 7f 119yds…
This maybe a 4 horse chase, but what a treat for 3.00 on a Saturday…
Altior is unbeaten in 9 chase starts with 5 Grade 1 wins to his name and is 3 from 3 over C/D and was last seen landing the Celebration Chase over C/D in April, starts his season here and is the one to beat….. So let’s look at the contenders that are likely to try and lower Altiors crown and deliver his first defeat,,,,
Sceau Royal has only been beaten once in his chase career and that was at Cheltenham in October last year. He has since won 4 from 4 and won on his seasonal reappearance in the Cheltenham Chase last month….
Un De Sceaux is now 10 years old has been there and done that, he has won 3 of his last 4 chase starts and was last seen winning the Irish Champion Chase at Punchestown in April and is a multiple Grade 1 Chase winner, but is age catching up with him?
Who will win? It looks likely that Altior should be the likely winner, but as we have seen in the last couple of weeks, nothing is certain in national hunt racing, I suspect that he will have too much speed for UDS and that it could be Sceau Royal chasing him home!
That is everything for you today folks, thanks for popping by and your continued support making this last 9 months the best ever for us at Arse HQ…
All the Best – Charlie & Rich