Hello and welcome to Arseonlineracing. This website is 100% independent & has NO affiliate links. The website is curated by 2 racing enthusiasts from either end of the British Isles. Charlie hails from Glasgow while Rich is from the Isle of Wight. Miles apart but united by the sport of kings…

We have a jammed packed blog for you today, with plenty of Graded races around the country as well as in Ireland. Charlie and Rich are joined by Jamie today, aka @Glen_Colt who is covering Leopardstown for us, while Charlie takes a look at the Sandown Card. Rich has the All Weather at Lingfield & Kempton, along with the Grade 2 Novice Chase at Wetherby….

And don’t forget folks, we have some new race start times today which is interesting, although with horses involved you can imagine that this may not run smoothly!

Charlie will kick us off with Sandown, Jamie will follow with his Leopardstown thoughts while Rich will have the Final Word….

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Sandown

Charlie –

12.40 – Betway Novice Hurdle 1m 7f 216y – Palladium – Looks like the likeliest winner of this race, trained by Nicky Henderson Palladium has only had 2 runs over hurdles, finished a short head 2nd to Maskada at Warwick over 2m back in December on hurdle debut. Was then sent here for next race in the Unibet juvenile hurdle on the 4th January when beating Brambledown by 11 lengths over 1m 7f and 216y. Nicky Henderson has a 27% success rate here and Nico de Boinville has a 25% success rate at the track as well and this all  points to a big run.

Win Advised

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2.25 – Betway Scilly Isles Novice Chase (Grade1) 2m 4f 10y – Laurina -Trained by W P Mullins, Laurina has 7 wins under her belt dating back to December 2017. Although 3 of those wins came last year at Sandown, Punchestown and Gowran Park. The win at Sandown was a bit of a let down as only 2 ran and Laurina beat Sensulano by 48 lengths over 2m 3f and 173y on the 5th January last year. The win at Punchestown was over 2m 4f and 50y on the 20th February last year when beating Stormy Ireland by 6 lengths. Next win came at Gowran Park on the 23rd November last year when beating Minella Indo by 8 lengths over 2m 4f. Was a tad disappointing in latest race when pulled up at Leopardstown after bursting blood vessels, if fully fit and recovered from that last show, Laurina should take this race receiving 7lbs from the geldings and Trainer W Mullins has a 30% strike rate in last fortnight, with a very respectable 25% success rate at Sandown and is partnered with Nico de Boinville who also has a 25% success rate at Sandown.

Win Advised

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3.00 – Betway Heroes Handicap Hurdle (Grade3) 2m 7f 98y – Big Shark – Has only had 4 races 1st one was in a point to point race at Ballysteen over 3m when beaten 10 lengths by winner January Jets. Next race came at Worcester in a Class 5 over 2m 7f in October last year when beating One For The Team by 1 and 1/2 lengths. Next race came at Hereford stepping up in grade and trip, and Big Shark won again beating Mr Muldoon by 10 lengths in a Class 4 Novice Hurdle over 3m 1f and 119y. Next run came at Haydock when stepping up in grade again to a Class 3 Handicap Hurdle, when finishing a 1 and  1/2 length 2nd to Flashjack over 3m and 58y. With low mileage on the clock and plenty of racing still in the tank, The Big Shark looks to be still progressing and another bold display can’t be ruled out despite the 4lb increase.

Eachway Advised

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Jamie –

1:25 – Ladbrokes Dublin Chase –
Selection: Chacun Por Soi

A little gem of a race in store with Henry De Bromhead’s A Plus Tard taking on the Mullins / Ricci combination of Chacun Por Soi & Min.
I have opted for the former as I feel he will be just coming to the boil now after finishing behind A Plus Tard at Leopardstown over Christmas. Chacun Por Soi is held in very high regard at home and he showed why last April when trouncing Defi De Seuil and Duc Des Geneveries at the Punchestown Festival, that form has worked out not too bad since! He must take a world of beating if near his best.

2:35 – Matheson Handicap Chase –
Selection: Debuchet
In a typically fierce Leopardstown handicap it may well be worth siding with the consistent Debuchet. Margaret Mullins’ charge has slid down the weights a bit and now looks on an attractive mark.
He was last seen when third in a decent handicap at Cork at the start of January, however he will need to produce an improved performance if he is be a key figure in this race.
There is every chance though he can do it and I believe he will at least nick a place.

3:10 – PCI Irish Champion Hurdle –
Selection: Sharjah
Honeysuckle is the name on everyone’s lips today at Leopardstown as she puts her Champion Hurdle credentials on the line. However, I think Sharjah, who loves it here at Leopardstown might just undo her. Winner of the Ryanair Hurdle over C+D last time out the Willie Mullins trained horse looks the one to put it up to the Mare.
I have my reservations over the form of the Hatton Grace that Honeysuckle won easily, with Bacardys in second and an Apples Jade that looks to be in decline. It’s not form that stands out for me.
With Mullins fielding four of the nine runners’ tactics will come into the equation. It will be a fascinating watch.

 

 

Ling Pk

Final Word with Rich – 

Thanks Guys and it’s good to have you both back, I have 5 for you today 3 from Lingfield and 1 each from Wetherby & Kempton….

Lingfield…. All Weather… Standard..

1.10 Handicap… Class 4… 6f 1yd…

Swiss Pride…. A C&D winner last time when winning a Class 6 Claimer by 1 & 1/2 lenths and changed yards after this race on January 10th. Ran a 2 & 3/4 length 3rd of 6 to Fizzy Feet in a 6f Class 6 Handicap on December 9th having previously won at Kempton in a Class 5 6f Claimer by a neck, but went unclaimed . Although Class 4 form reads 3/7/2 the AW form reads only  finishing once outside the top 3 1/3/2/1. The cheek Pieces worn under the previous trainer are retained here….

1.45 Cleve Stakes… Class 1 Listed… 6f 1yd

Kachy…. The winner of this race for the past 2 seasons and makes seasonal return today looking to make it 3 wins in a row and with his C&D form reading 1/1/2/1/1, is the current 6f course record holder it’s hard to get away from Kachy. He had wind surgery before this race last season although he usually had a run before now but connections are confident enough to go without one and he is the class horse in the race. Although has not been on a race course since finishing a 2 & 3/4 length 3rd to Blue Point in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee at Ascot on June 22nd. Final season swansong before a life at stud…

2.55 Winter Derby Trail… Class 1 Listed… 1m 2f…

Bangkok… Despite not winning a maiden as a 2YO Bangkok made up for it as a 3yo winning twice, including a Doncaster maiden in March, with Telecaster runner up and then winning the Group 3 Classic Trail at Sandown when beating Technican. Although finishing 12th in the Derby in June, he put in a fine run to finish a 4 & 1/2 length runner up to Japan, who went on to land the Group 1 Prix De Paris & International before finishing 4th in the Arc. A 5th to Elarqam followed at York before ending the season as runner up to Zaaki by a neck in the Group 3 Strensall Stakes at York.
Had a run on December 21st in Doha, when runner up in the Group 2 Qatar Derby by 1 & 1/4 lengths…

Wetherby…. Soft…

2.45 Towton Novice Chase…. Grade 2… 3m 45yds…

Chapel Stile….. Won 3 form 5 hurdle races after stepping up in trip to 3m. Made Chase debut on season return at Carlisle on heavy ground in a 2m 4f Class 3 Novice Handicap Chase finishing a 3 & 1/4 length 3rd to Two from Gold, who has since won the Grade 2 Hampton Novice Chase and is 3 from 3 this season. Chapel Stile made no mistake last time out on December 15th again at Carlisle on heavy ground in a 2m 5f Class 3 Novice Handicap Chase beating Cloudy Glen by a neck & Glen has also won since….

Kempton…. All Weather… Standard/Slow

6.45 Handicap… Class 3… 1m 8f….

Coeur De Lion… Had 3 hurdle starts this season having run on the flat last summer, all in Class 2 company with form reading 2/1/5/3/3. Has won on the AW at Southwell in 2018 and finished 3rd of 15 on last AW run at Newcastle over 2m. Rated 135 over hurdles & 92 here….

That is everything for you today, as we mentioned it’s a pretty packed blog & please remember, only bet what you can afford to lose, if not just watch….
A big thanks to Jamie for his thoughts today….

All the Best – The Arseonlineracing Team

 

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